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'I couldn't be myself, then Bridgerton came along' says star Simone Ashley, 26


As the smash hit period drama Bridgerton returns to our screens, star Simone Ashley, has opened up about the series in a revealing new interview.

The gorgeous actress, told Glamour Magazine UK how she never felt represented as a woman of colour in period drama before the Netflix series. 

‘I couldn’t relate to them, maybe because I couldn’t see myself within one, and then Bridgerton came along.’

Glamour girl: As smash hit period drama Bridgerton returns to our screens, star Simone Ashley, has opened up about her experiences on the show in a revealing interview.

Glamour girl: As smash hit period drama Bridgerton returns to our screens, star Simone Ashley, has opened up about her experiences on the show in a revealing interview.

The show which has been applauded for it’s colour blind casting has broken ground in the world of TV and film.

 ‘I just always saw myself for my personality and not for the colour of my skin,’ the star continued.

‘Representation matters, and yes, there is a minority that needs to be represented more, and I’m very aware of that… Everyone should be seen. I think we can all relate to each other in some way’.

On screen: The gorgeous actress, told Glamour Magazine UK how she never felt represented as a woman of colour in period drama before the Netflix series

On screen: The gorgeous actress, told Glamour Magazine UK how she never felt represented as a woman of colour in period drama before the Netflix series

Speaking up: 'Representation matters, and yes, there is a minority that needs to be represented more, and I'm very aware of that… Everyone should be seen. I think we can all relate to each other in some way'

Speaking up: ‘Representation matters, and yes, there is a minority that needs to be represented more, and I’m very aware of that… Everyone should be seen. I think we can all relate to each other in some way’

The star’s character Kate Sharma, features in the show as a love interest for heartthrob Anthony Bridgerton, played by Jonathan Bailey.

And Simone teased of the romance: ‘It’s a very interesting enemies-to-lovers story, They have a lot of friction at the beginning because they resonate with whatever traits that annoy each other within themselves, and then that breeds chemistry’. 

‘They’re both used to people walking away and being isolated, being left alone. I think they met each other and it was like, ‘It takes one to know one. I see a lot of me in you, and I’m not going to walk away from you”.

She added of the differences in romantic portrayals between this show and her other major role in Sex Education: ‘Bridgerton is hot and sexy and steamy. On Sex Education, that wasn’t really our objective. We wanted to show 16-year-olds or adults in the show having real sex and facing real-life problems and whatever might happen. Bridgerton’s more romantic than that.’ 

Love is in the air: The star's character Kate Sharma, features in the show as a love interest for heartthrob Anthony Bridgerton, played by Jonathan Bailey

Love is in the air: The star’s character Kate Sharma, features in the show as a love interest for heartthrob Anthony Bridgerton, played by Jonathan Bailey 

When it comes to behind the scenes gossip, the star revealed that she and co-star Jonathan have a secret ritual.

 ‘I would always leave him his favourite snacks in his trailer. We had a very unspoken rhythm going on in that sense, leaving gifts in each other’s trailers.’

But she says when it came to corsets eating anything for her was out of the question.  

Steamy:  Simone teased of the romance: 'It's a very interesting enemies-to-lovers story, they have a lot of friction at the beginning'

Steamy:  Simone teased of the romance: ‘It’s a very interesting enemies-to-lovers story, they have a lot of friction at the beginning’

Cover girl: The star sparkled in the magazines photo shoot displaying her fantastic figure and a unique sense of style

Cover girl: The star sparkled in the magazines photo shoot displaying her fantastic figure and a unique sense of style

The star sparkled in the magazines photo shoot displaying her fantastic figure and a unique sense of style. 

With her long dark hair fashioned in curls as well as glossy and straight, the Sex Education star showed off long legs as well as her toned arms. 

Simone wore a number of outfits for the spread which was shot in the sunshine, including a blush sequinned checked suit complete with sexy cut out.

Fabulous: With her long dark hair fashioned in curls as well as glossy and straight, the Sex Education star showed off a variety of glam looks

Fabulous: With her long dark hair fashioned in curls as well as glossy and straight, the Sex Education star showed off a variety of glam looks

Sexy: Simone wore a number of outfits for the spread which was shot in the sunshine, including a blush sequinned checked suit complete with sexy cut out

Sexy: Simone wore a number of outfits for the spread which was shot in the sunshine, including a blush sequinned checked suit complete with sexy cut out

When asked about the pressures of the second season, after the first season was such a huge hit, the star was relaxed and played down any worries.

‘I’d like to think that I’m not a very fearful person. We’re not performing heart surgery or curing diseases, that’s real pressure’.

Planning her next career move, the actress was optimistic following her success in Bridgerton and the Netflix series Sex Education.  

 ‘I’m still very young, But this year onwards, I’d like to keep my foot on the gas. So I always think of it in that way—because it’s supposed to be fun, riding the wave.’ 

Read the full interview in the GLAMOUR UK March Digital Issue online now.

Out now: Read the full interview in the GLAMOUR UK March Digital Issue online now.

Out now: Read the full interview in the GLAMOUR UK March Digital Issue online now.

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