“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Simone has a number of favorite scenes from Bridgerton Season 2, because, of course, it would be impossible to choose just one.
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.
Before Bridgertonwhere Simone had to ride a horse in several scenes, she had only ridden once before.
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.
She also shared how, as a woman of color, she had to work twice as hard to get as far as she did.
In addition to Simone’s many talents, she is also a classical singer.
In terms of musical inspirations, his favorite band is Fleetwood Mac.
During the pandemic, Simone taught herself how to get tattoos – and she even ended up tattooing several Bridgerton cast members.
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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