Simone Ashley Facts about Bridgerton and much more

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“I had to work twice as hard, and maybe I didn’t tell myself enough and pat myself on the back for it.”


Simone Ashley (born Simone Ashwini Pillai) was born in Surrey, England, but had family in Ojai, California, where she spent most of her childhood summers. She finally moved to Los Angeles at age 17 to become an actress.

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“They were super supportive,” she told Jimmy Kimmel on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on his parents. “I think it was a bit of an intervention when I found myself in Los Angeles; [they were] become crazy. But I think I just got there.”


After signing with a modeling agency, Simone knew she actually wanted to be an actress. Her very first role was as a background “party girl” in 2015 Straight out of Compton.

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“It was a pretty wild first set,” she told Glamour. “I remember Corey Hawkins was in front of me, doing his thing, playing Dre. I really wanted to say, ‘I want to be an actress too,’ but I didn’t. I just shut up.”


However, this small role led Simone to participate in projects such as Broadchurch and wolf blood, which in turn earned him his big break role in Sex education as Olivia Hanan.


Simone said that working on Sex education was extremely special and that the cast was like family.

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“We were all staying up until 2am just chatting,” Simone told Glamor UK. “It was amazing. It was very, very special. I made lifelong friends on that set. We all grew up together. She was especially close with Aimee Lou Wood and Emma Mackey and said that Asa Butterfield threw amazing game nights.


Simone was in her trailer filming another movie when she got the call that she had landed the role of Kate Sharma in Bridgerton Season 2 – and the timing was right after Season 1 was released.

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“I was in a movie at the time, and I was in my trailer, and I get a call saying, ‘It’s kinda secret, you can’t tell anyone, but you got the part. “, Simone told Jimmy on Jimmy Kimmel Live! “And then I get a hit on my trailer calling me for set. So I put my phone down, put it on airplane mode because it’s starting to explode a bit, then I go to set, and I’m not allowed to say And season 1 had just come out, and everyone in the cast was talking about it, like, “Oh, we watched Bridgerton Season 1 during the weekend; I wonder what happens in season 2′, and I had to sit there.”


And when the casting news finally broke, Simone was assembling an Ikea desk, according to Glamor UK. Oh, and she started getting amazing messages of support from legends like Freida Pinto and Mindy Kaling.

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“I remember seeing Freida in Slumdog Millionaire and Mindy in everything she’s done,” Simone told Glamor UK. “She’s amazing. There is no one like her. She is so cool. I would like to work with her. I think she’s an amazing writer and producer.


Simone has a number of favorite scenes from Bridgerton Season 2, because, of course, it would be impossible to choose just one.

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“I love the scene where Kate and Anthony dance for the first time,” she told The New York Times. “And the bee sting scene – I think that’s such a pivotal point in the story. The stakes are really high, and they realize they have feelings for each other and that there’s now this barrier between everything they’ve worked for. And I love all the riding scenes.”


Behind the scenes of BridgertonJonathan Bailey, who plays Anthony, and Simone became great friends and made each other feel comfortable, especially during the more intimate scenes.


And in terms of Bridgerton’s iconic costumes, Simone revealed she has a favorite – this look of Kate from Episode 5.


“It was quite breathtaking,” Simone told Glamor UK. “Very nice colors.” She described the dress as a “peacock blue dress”.


Before Bridgertonwhere Simone had to ride a horse in several scenes, she had only ridden once before.

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“I’m pretty natural and pretty sporty anyway,” she told Glamor UK. “In the beginning, I was in the saddle every other day, about an hour to an hour and a half a day. I liked it. After leaving Los Angeles and a lot of changes, I think that’s something that really helped, because once you’re on the horse, you stick your head out a bit and you don’t think about anything else .


Simone spoke about what it meant to her to see the fan reaction to having her, an Indian woman, in a lead role on Bridgerton.

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“I am so grateful and wonderfully overwhelmed by the response we received,” she told The New York Times. “I’m very proud of my heritage, and I’m proud that there are effects that I’ve had, just me doing my job, especially if it’s positive, and uplifting other women and making them feel views.”


She also shared how, as a woman of color, she had to work twice as hard to get as far as she did.

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“I had to work twice as hard, and maybe I didn’t tell myself that enough and pat myself on the back for it,” she told the Reign with Josh Smith Podcast. “For me, it’s always been like, ‘I’m like any other actress, I can do this. I can have a script in front of me and bring a character to life, and I’m smart and creative with ideas and I can do it. But I think as a woman and a woman of color you have to work harder…”


In addition to Simone’s many talents, she is also a classical singer.

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“I grew up singing a lot and studied classical music a lot, then that led me to musical theater, and I fell in love with musicals,” she told People magazine.


In terms of musical inspirations, his favorite band is Fleetwood Mac.

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“I saw them at Dodger Stadium about four years ago, and I could only afford a ticket that was really, really high,” she told Glamor UK. “And I could barely see them. I lied all the way to the front rows because I really, really wanted to see Stevie Nicks up close.”


During the pandemic, Simone taught herself how to get tattoos – and she even ended up tattooing several Bridgerton cast members.

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She told Jimmy Kimmel that she Googled “how to tattoo at home” and learned from a YouTube tutorial. On Jimmy Kimmel Live!she showed off the sphinx tattoo she gave herself.


We all knew Kate loved dogs, but so does Simone! She has an adorable cocker spaniel named Mila.


Finally, Simone will officially return as Kate alongside Jonathan as Anthony in Bridgerton Season 3.

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“We will be back! Kate and Anthony are just getting started,” she revealed at a dinner party in Los Angeles, as Deadline reports. “In season 2, there was a lot of back and forth between Kate and Anthony. , there were complications with the family, and then they reunited towards the end. I think everything is just beginning. I would love to see Kate let go a little more and play more in Season 3 and swim in this circle of love together. I think they both deserve it.”

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