Bridgerton is one of Netflix's biggest hits of the year, which is no small feat after the successes of Tiger King and The Queen's Gambit. Fans are hungry for every little tidbit they can get their hands on, from hidden episode details to plot points from the Julia Quinn novel series on which the show is based. But some of the best details about Bridgerton aren't related to the story at all; it's what went into making the show in the first place that has fans intrigued. There are quite a few Bridgerton behind-the-scenes facts that are worthy of their own Lady Whistledown column.
Bridgerton feels different from most other romance adaptations, and a quick dive into the behind-the-scenes of it all shows why. Unlike Lifetime and Hallmark fare, which are basic cable budget movies, or even series on STARZ, which are premium cable budget TV shows, Netflix went all out in spending on Bridgerton. Bridgerton is a Regency romance done on the same level of budget as a show like The Witcher. But where The Witcher spends all that cash on CGI monsters and giant battles, Bridgerton uses it on costumes, wigs, jewels, and locations. Most of these behind-the-scenes facts dive into the show's lavish details and all the exacting work went into creating this gorgeous series:
1. The Show Was Shonda Rhimes' Idea
Executive producer Shonda Rhimes is not directly credited for Bridgerton. The show is listed as created by Chris Van Dusen, who serves as its showrunner. But doing a Regency-set series was Rhimes' idea. According to Van Dusen, she gave him the Julia Quinn novels. Speaking to Cosmopolitan UK, he said she wanted him to bring it to life on-screen, and after reading the books, he fell in love.
2. The 'Bridgerton' Cast Went To "Regency Bootcamp"
The show's powers-that-be did not take the 1810s lightly. As titled families, the characters would have received formal training in several areas that are no longer part of the modern world. To get into the right mindset, the actors went to boot camp six weeks before filming. According to the Welwyn Hatfield Times, the cast was trained in "etiquette, horse riding, dancing, voice lessons, pistol training, and boxing," among other things.
3. 'Bridgerton' Has Thousand Of Costumes
4. You've Seen These Locations Elsewhere...
If you think you recognize some of the backgrounds in Bridgerton, you're not wrong. According to Oprah Magazine, the series utilized a smorgasbord of locations from various other period pieces. From Hatfield House (where The Favourite was filmed) to Wilton House (used in The Crown), it's a "where's where" of period piece spaces.
5. ...But Not The Furniture
One of the show's conceits is that the dark look of furnishing, which usually characterizes period pieces, is the dirt of ages. According to Bridgerton, in 1813, everything was as bright as if it were newly made. That meant everything was made from scratch for the show, down to the curtains and carpets.
6. Daphne Never Wears The Same Outfit Twice
Look carefully, and you'll notice the show's main heroine is decidedly not an outfit repeater. According to Mirojnick, the leading lady had over 100 dresses alone.
7. The Color Palette Is Deliberately Wedgewood
8. Queen Charlotte Never Wears The Same Wig Twice
If the heroine never wears the same dress twice, then the queen must be given one up from that. Not only does Her Royal Highness Queen Charlotte, wear a different gown in every scene, each one comes with a matching wig.
9. The Queen Loves Her Pet Poms
Actor Golda Rosheuvel, who plays Queen Charlotte, had a blast working with the pups on set. Apparently, all the dogs had strong personalities — but that's OK, so does the queen.
10. Anthony's Muttonchops Are His Own
Unlike Lukes Thompson and Newton, who wore stick-on sideburns for their roles as Benedict and Colin, respectively, Jonathan Bailey decided to go full method and grow his own muttonchops. He regretted it by the end, since the look was so hard to maintain. Fans can only hope that if there is a Season 2, Anthony doesn't shave them off.