Nicola Coughlan speaks about Bridgerton’s “color-blind” casting considerations
Nicola Coughlan hopes Bridgerton will forever help change the way people think about contemporary pieces.
The actress, who appears as Penelope Featherington in the hit Netflix drama series, appeared on UK talk show This Morning on Tuesday January 12th. During the visit, Nicola explained her conversation with the co-star Adjoa Andoh helped her understand the importance of how her show treated people of color.
“I’m talking to Adjoa Andoh … who is brilliant as Lady Danbury,” she said. “I said, ‘Color blind casting, it’s great, it’s absolutely the right thing.’ And she said, “Well, in a way, it’s not because it kills the race and the struggles of people.” And I thought, that never crossed my mind, never. And I think the world that we have created is a completely reinterpreted world, a fantasy. “
Regardless of how it came to be what it is, Nicola is proud that the audience clearly embraced the vision of the show, which is based on the book series by Julia Quinn and also stars Regé-Jean page as Simon, the Duke of Hastings and Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton.
“I would say to people, ‘You can watch Game of Thrones and completely undo your disbelief that there are dragons in this world,'” she continued. “For Bridgerton, you can erase your disbelief that we have a black queen and a black duke, and they are the most amazing actors.”