And Ruby Barker, 24, has now said it ‘means everything’ to have been in the diverse show after thinking she wouldn’t get to star in a ‘period drama because of her race’.
In an exclusive clip shared with MailOnline from the PrettyLittleThing: Behind Closed Doors podcast, Ruby also revealed she’s absolutely not watched the racy series with her family, cheekily declaring: ‘I don’t need to look at Rege’s bottom with my dad!’
Absolutely not! Bridgerton’s Ruby Barker has joked that she’s not watched the hit Netflix show with her family as she ‘doesn’t need to look at co-star Rege-Jean Page’s bottom with her dad’ in a new interview shared exclusively with MailOnline
Ruby laughed off any suggestion that she watch the series – which contains several racy sex scenes – with her family.
When asked if she’s watched it back, Ruby said: ‘NOO oh god no, I don’t watch it with my family I don’t need to look at Rege’s bottom with my dad!
‘I’m perfectly fine watching it on my own, my sisters watched it and my grandad in the states has watch it as well.’
She continued: ‘Rege [Rege-Jean Page] who plays the Duke like his life has changed I’m so happy for that boy, he’s just one of the nicest guys.
Sensation: The actress, 24, plays Marina Thompson (pictured in character) in the hit period drama, and also said it ‘means everything’ to have been in the diverse show after thinking she wouldn’t get to star in a ‘period drama because of her race’
‘We had the same hair and makeup stylists so we’d see each other in the mornings and he really is a gentleman. Through and through real life he’s just a lovely guy.’
Ruby also explained how the diversity in Bridgerton and getting to play a key role in such a fabulous period drama means alot to her.
She said: ‘It literally means everything you know I never thought I’d be in a period drama, in a role like Marina.
‘I’d seen Belle the film about Dido Elizabeth Belle who was a mixed race aristocrat in the Georgian period of time and I saw that film and was like “wow it would be so amazing to play that character but its already been made, I’m probably not gonna be in a period drama simply because of my race”.
Co-star: Rege-Jean plays the Duke of Hastings, with Ruby revealing they had the same hair and makeup stylists and saying he’s a ‘real gentleman’
Talk of the ton: Marina Thompson provided lots of scandal after getting involved with Colin Bridgerton in series one (pictured with Luke Newton as Colin and the Featherington family)
‘Then obviously getting the casting through from Bridgerton and seeing it’s a Shonda Rhimes thing you know, and that diversity is the main objectives of the show it was just amazing to be a part of it.’
Elsewhere in her interview, the actress detailed how she was immediately excited for getting the part of Marina and found out while auditioning for another Netflix hit.
She explained: ‘I was actually at another audition for Sex Education, just for a small role, and I got a phone call from my agent and she was like “oh my god you’ve landed Bridgerton” and all of a sudden I didn’t care anymore whether I got this job.
‘I was like I’ll just leave. I did the casting anyway, but I thought who cares I’ve got this job, the best role of the year like yeah.’
Ruby’s interview comes after it was announced that Bridgerton has been renewed for a second series, which will focus on the eldest sibling Anthony.
A HUGE yes! Elsewhere in her interview, the actress detailed how she was immediately excited for getting the part and found out while auditioning for another Netflix hit – Sex Education
However she remained tightlipped, saying: ‘Look I can’t really tell you much about season two but what I can tell you is that there are going to be some new characters and that’s going to be super exciting.’
For her portray as Marina, Ruby got to wear a corset specially made by Mr Pearl, who has created corsets for the likes of Kylie Minogue and Kim Kardashian.
‘I had a Mr Pearl corset made for me as well, me Nicola [Coughlan, Penelope Featherington] and Polly [Walker, Mrs Featherington] all had Mr Pearl corsets.
‘He does corset’s for like Kylie Minogue and Kim Kardashian, like hellooo, he makes her corsets. He was the loveliest man like such a sweet guy,’ she gushed.
What an achievement! Bridgerton has been watched by a whopping 82million households worldwide in just a month, making it Netflix’s biggest show ever (Rege-Jean as Simon Bassett and Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton pictured)
Huge hit: The racy series, which was launched on Christmas Day, is now the streaming giant’s most watched show in 83 countries (Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte pictured)
Although recently released, Bridgerton has easily overtaken the previous top spot holder, The Witcher, which received 76million streams in its first 28 days.
Netflix’s head of drama Jinny Howe announced the impressive streaming numbers during an interview with Variety, adding that Bridgerton has made it into the top 10 list in every country except Japan.
Bridgerton had been expected to hit 63million households in its initial four-week projections, meaning it has smashed the target by an impressive 19m.
Netflix’s other hits including The Queen’s Gambit and Lupin have also received very healthy numbers following their launches, boasting 62m and 70m respectively, reports Deadline.
Family: The first series focussed on Daphne’s search for love while also introducing viewers to her siblings (pictured L-R: Florence Hunt as Hyacinth, Luke Newton as Colin, Ruth Gemmell as their mother Violet, Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne, Claudia Jessie as Eloise, Jonathan Bailey as Anthony, Will Tilson as Gregory and Luke Thompson as Benedict)