“There is so much sexiness in just the looks across and the hands grazing and the fingers almost touching.”
With the highly anticipated second season of Bridgerton hitting our screens later this week, the show’s creator, Chris Van Dusen has told fans that we can expect a “wild, wild ride”, particularly when it comes to the more intimate scenes.
At a press conference, Van Dusen said that the team worked hard to bring everything fans loved about season one into season two.
“I think we did it,” he said.
He continued: “It’s amazing, it’s emotional and romantic, and sexy and scandalous, and I think we’re back for an even greater escape into 19th century London.”
With regards to the period drama’s famous sex scenes, the show-runner assured fans that while there will be plenty of sex, the focus is more on “quality” rather than “quantity”.
He explained: “It was never about quantity for us. Our approach to intimacy on the show is the same as season one – we use these intimate scenes to tell a story and to push a story forward.
“We’ve never done a sex scene for the sake of doing a sex scene, and I don’t think we ever will. It all serves as a larger purpose. It’s a different story this season. It’s different characters. We’re with Anthony and Kate for most of the season, and that’s very different from Anthony and Simon, it’s a different story.”
Simone Ashley, who plays Kate Sharma added: “It makes sense for these characters because they’re so protective over their families and they’re so truthful to their duty and their responsibility. So for them to break that wouldn’t have made sense for the characters. They aren’t performative sex scenes or intimate scenes. They have a meaning behind them.”
Jonathan Bailey, who plays Anthony Bridgerton, spoke about how Bridgerton deals with intimacy.
“There are so many ways people fall in love, and how they connect with their own bodies and their intimacy,” he said. “I think Kate and Anthony feel explicit, in that they feel naked in front of each other, and it’s a very interesting and cerebral way of exploring that sort of innate sexuality.
“I think it bodes well for the following seasons for it not to be expected just to be about the sex. Because that’s a huge part of it, but there are so many amazing things that are explored and will be explored.”
Van Dusen also told fans that the chemistry between Kate and Anthony will be “off the charts”.
He said: “There is so much sexiness in just the looks across, and the hands grazing and the fingers almost touching. You can really feel that build episode to episode, scene to scene. You know that when we get their climax, if you will, the payoff is going to be well worth it.”
Bridgerton season 2 lands on Netflix on 25 March.