March 25, 2022, 12:23 | Updated: March 25, 2022, 12:40 PM
“I should have said, ‘This is amazing.’ Instead, I was like, ‘This is fishy.'”
Nicola Coughlan initially thought she would be fired from her role as Penelope Featherington in Bridgerton.
Bridgerton has amassed a legion of fans since bursting onto our screens on Christmas Day 2020. People have fallen in love with the regency era costumes, the classic soundtrack version of modern pop hits and outrageous sex scenes. Unsurprisingly, the series quickly became Netflix’s most-watched series of all time (until squid game came with…)
Nicola is now back for BridgertonThe highly anticipated second season of , which dropped on Netflix on March 25, but the 35-year-old actress has now revealed that shortly after being cast in season 1 she feared losing her role because she didn’t wasn’t a big Hollywood name.
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Nicola found success in Channel 4 Derry Girls, but this is her first time in a Netflix series. In a recent interview with The New York Times, Nicola revealed her reaction shortly after landing the role. She said: “I should have said, ‘This is amazing. Instead, I was like, ‘This is fishy. I don’t know.'”
Nicola was mainly weary of the role because “she had known many actors who had been hired for prestige projects and then fired when the studio demanded a bigger name”. But as we know, the rest is history, and now Penelope is one of the Bridgertonfavorite characters from.
Showrunner Chris Van Dusen even said of Nicola’s performance, “I’m happy to say that everyone loved her as much as I did.”
This isn’t the first time Nicola has been honest about his fear of holding her back Bridgerton role, however. During an interview on The One Show, Nicola said she thought she would lose her job because she couldn’t walk in heels.
“Ellen Mirojnick, who is the season one costume designer, said, ‘You’re tiny, you’re too small, so we’re going to put heels on you,'” Nicola explained.
“I was just terrified of getting fired because I couldn’t believe I had the chance to get the job. I said, ‘Yeah, absolutely.’ If they had said, ‘You have to wear a giant clown costume,’ I would have said, ‘I would love that, please.'”
She continued, “The first day of filming, we were walking around and I got knocked over not once, not twice, but three times. Three times! I thought, ‘They’re going to think I’m drunk.’ gonna think I’m crazy.'”