Bridgerton’s Rege-Jean Page struggles to watch ‘overwhelming’ sex scenes back

Rege-Jean Page has opened up about the seriously steamy sex scenes he starred in in Bridgerton.

The 31-year-old stud, who played the dashing Duke of Hastings in the hit drama, said he was not “sufficiently prepared” for their intensity and that watching them back was “overwhelming”.

Jean-Rege starred opposite Pheobe Dynevor, who played his lover Daphne Bridgerton.

Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, the British actor said: "No one was sufficiently prepared. I wasn’t sufficiently prepared, and I was there.

"I think people were grateful for the intensity of the romantic aspects of Bridgerton. I’m not sure how grateful I was to watch it for myself.

He added: "It was overwhelming. But I think people were looking to be overwhelmed."

Bridgerton, based on the books by Julia Quinn, has been given the go-ahead for a second series – much to fans' delight.

The show became a global phenomenon with everyone on the edge of their seats about the true identity of latter-day “gossip columnist” Lady Whistledown.

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Meanwhile, Rege-Jean, who is dating part-time footballer and writer Emily Brown, reportedly turned down a whopping £50,000 per episode to be in the next series of Bridgerton.

He reportedly said he wants to “strike while the iron is hot” with his career.

Show creator Shonda Rhimes shared her shock at the backlash at the announcement that Page wouldn't be returning.

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She told Vanity Fair: "There’s a lot of fantastically interesting talk that’s been going on, mainly ’cause I think people are having a hard time letting go. He’s a busy man!"

It's been reported that there “was no fall out” with show boss Shonda Rhimes, but a “parting of the ways” which allowed the actor to pursue more leading man roles.

One rumour was that he was being considered to play James Bond.

A source said: “Rege may be the bookies' favourite, but producer Barbara Broccoli won’t consider a new 007 until Daniel [Craig] finishes his No Time To Die promotion – simply out of respect for Daniel."

The source added: “We are almost a year away from the process really beginning. And in that time other names will come into the picture.

“Barbara is never one to simply pick the hottest star of the moment. Everyone has to audition and go through a vetting process – everyone… yes everyone has to pass her tests.

“And they are not happening this year.”

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