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    27 "Bridgerton" Facts About Season 1 That Are So Good, You'll Want To Rewatch Immediately

    It took Nicola Coughlan two hours to get into Penelope's wig.

    🚨Warning: There are MASSIVE spoilers ahead for Bridgerton Season 1!🚨

    1. First, Shonda Rhimes gave showrunner Chris Van Dusen a copy of the eight-book Bridgerton series three years ago because she wanted to see if he'd be interested in developing it for Shondaland.

    Chris Van Dusen taking a photo with Phoebe Dynevor behind the scenes

    2. After being cast, Phoebe Dynevor and Regé-Jean Page began "six weeks of prep" before filming even began — they had dance lessons, writing lessons, costume fittings, horse riding lessons, etiquette classes, and Phoebe had piano lessons.

    Regé-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor as Simon and Daphne

    3. Phoebe said that the dance rehearsals really helped her and Regé find Simon and Daphne's mesmerizing chemistry.

    Regé-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor as Simon and Daphne

    4. Phoebe Dynevor and Regé-Jean Page's first day on set — and Phoebe's first scene as Daphne — was when Simon and Daphne have sex in the library.

    Daphne and Simon kissing in the library

    5. And Jonathan Bailey, who plays Anthony, revealed that his first day on set included Anthony and Siena having sex against a tree — Jonathan joked that he got to know the makeup department "intimately" on day one because they had to "de-shine my bottom."

    A footman looking at the camera while Anthony and Siena are in the background

    6. When Nicola Coughlan auditioned for Penelope, she didn't have "any full scripts" and she got offered the job after just one audition.

    Nicola Coughlan as Penelope in Bridgerton

    7. Nicola is pretty short in real life, so originally they had her wearing heels so she would be "eye level" with the other actors, but they quickly got rid of the heels after Nicola fell over "three times" on her first day while wearing them.

    Penelope and Eloise chatting arm-in-arm

    8. Julie Andrews' recording sessions for Lady Whistledown were all done virtually and, according to showrunner Chris Van Dusen, they were "a total riot."

    Lady Whistledown's paper

    9. Also, most of the cast has yet to meet Julie Andrews in real life.

    Julie Andrews

    10. The cast and crew had "very limited time" to film the moment when Simon explains to Queen Charlotte that he loves Daphne, because Queen Elizabeth II — yes, the real queen — needed the space.

    Simon saying that he doesn't want Daphne to only be his friend, but he wants her to be his wife

    11. There were close to "7,500" pieces of wardrobe that were made specifically for Bridgerton.

    12. Costume designer Ellen Mirojnick and her team designed the costumes with the idea of it being the Regency era, but with modern elements.

    Costume designer Ellen Mirojnick and Phoebe Dynevor in a costume fitting

    13. In fact, when explaining the costumes to the cast, Ellen said it was a perfect combination of real paintings from the 1800s and high fashion outfits, which equals "Shonda."

    Some of the pink pictures that were inspirations for some of the costumes

    14. Phoebe Dynevor had "104 dresses" in Season 1 of Bridgerton, and her favorite is from Episode 8 when Daphne is getting her portrait done.

    Simon and Daphne posing for a portrait and Daphne wearing a green dress and white gloves

    15. All of the corsets used on Bridgerton were made by Mr. Pearl, aka Mark Erksine, who is a famous corset maker.

    Prudence Featherington getting her corset tightened

    16. It took about two hours to get Nicola Coughlan into Penelope's wig and "ball ready" before filming a scene.

    17. All of the sex scenes on the show were choreographed like action sequences and each movement was blocked out by intimacy coordinator Lizzy Talbot.

    Simon and Daphne kissing

    18. In fact, Phoebe Dynevor, Regé-Jean Page, and Lizzy Talbot blocked all of the sex scenes "weeks and weeks" before filming actually began.

    Simon and Daphne kissing in bed

    19. Most of the carriage scenes were filmed on a sound stage, so the horses pulling the carriages aren't real — crew members would move the carriage to give the illusion that they were moving.

    Phoebe Dynevor filming on a green screen in a carriage

    20. Regé-Jean Page listened to a lot of music while getting into character as Simon, namely Deftones, Vivaldi, and Nina Simone.

    21. The moment when Simon and Daphne kiss in the garden maze was filmed on location at Hartfield House — the crew "searched and searched" for the perfect place for this moment.

    Simon and Daphne kissing in the garden maze

    22. The final scene of Episode 1 when Simon and Daphne dance at the ball was filmed at 4 a.m. in the "English countryside."

    Simon and Daphne dancing with fireworks in the background

    23. Nicola Coughlan had no idea Penelope was going to be revealed as Lady Whistledown until she sat down with showrunner Chris Van Dusen and asked — she said knowing that she was Whistledown greatly influenced how she played Penelope.

    Penelope taking off her hood in her carriage

    24. Nicola found out that Julie Andrews was going to voice Lady Whistledown while scrolling through Instagram in her kitchen, and she "burst into tears."

    Lady Whistledown writing

    25. The funniest scene to film for Jonathan Bailey was when Anthony and Daphne are riding horses together.

    Anthony and Daphne riding horses

    26. The first ball hosted by Lady Danbury was filmed on location at the Bath Assembly Rooms, where actual Regency balls in 1813 took place.

    27. And finally, as a wrap gift for Season 1, Luke Thompson, who plays Benedict, drew everyone portraits, and Regé-Jean Page has his displayed in his home.

    A pencil drawing of Regé-Jean Page