‘Bridgerton’ Star Jonathan Bailey on “the Payoff of the Slow Burn” and What It Means for Future Seasons
2024/02/03

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The second season of Bridgerton has captivated audiences with the enemies-to-lovers storyline between Viscount Anthony Bridgerton and Kate Sharma. At the beginning of the season, Anthony is in search of a wife while Kate is looking for a suitable husband for her sister. Their relationship starts off on the wrong foot when Kate overhears Anthony talking about his desire for a wife who is simply good and kind. Kate wants more for her sister and strives to keep Anthony away from Edwina. However, as the season progresses, Anthony and Kate find themselves attracted to each other and eventually marry.

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For Jonathan Bailey, who plays Anthony, the most appealing aspect of his character's story is the exploration of Anthony's trauma and how it shapes his reluctance to find love. Bailey explains that both Anthony and Kate have denied themselves the hope of a nourishing and exciting love like others around them. Overcoming their past traumas and barriers becomes a significant accomplishment in their journey.

In terms of the show's success, Bailey originally felt thrilled and relieved to see the audience's positive response. He believes it's essential to show that Bridgerton is not solely reliant on explicit sexuality but can delve into more psychological elements. Bailey expresses hope for Anthony and Kate's future and looks forward to exploring their complex relationship further in future seasons.

Bailey also mentions the humorous online chatter about his character's frequent sniffing in the show. Overall, he emphasizes the joy and happiness that Anthony and Kate find in the end and believes their story will continue to unfold in the years to come.

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