Bridgerton’s Nicola Coughlan Reveals Season 2 Scene That Made Her ‘Sick’ During Filming


Spoilers ahead for Season 2 of Bridgerton!

For the most part, fans and critics dig what the second season of Bridgerton is posing. Even with the exit of Regé-Jean Page as the Duke of Hastings, the Regency-era drama series is once again making waves for standout South Asian portrayal and swoon-worthy dialogue. But in fairness, Nicola Coughlan (who plays Penelope Featherington/young Lady Whistledown) revealed that a scene in Season 2 made her feel “sick” when the cast and crew filmed it.

You and me, kid. Viewers can probably already guess the traumatic scene in question. (And no, it’s not just Colin Bridgerton diss.) It happens in the season finale, in which Penelope and Eloise Bridgerton (played by Claudia Jessie) have a major argument. The kind that seems irrevocable. In an interview with E! News, Nicola Coughlan, 35, understood that stepping into the scene was no walk in the park, saying:

Friendship breakups are so horrible. Filming this scene was really heartbreaking and actually made my stomach hurt.

the old Derry Girls star – who actually managed to get her real Irish accent out in season 2 – added to the outlet that she was “super nervous” to even bring up the subject. So much so, in fact, that she and her real-life/on-screen BFF in Claudia Jessia were “really crying” in the middle of their fake fight. (Again, both you and me.) In the end, Nicola Coughlan described it, dear reader, as “just awful.”

Clearly, though, the co-stars kind of foresaw what was to come between the fan-favorite friendship. The actress behind Featherington’s youngest daughter black as a gossip columnist has shared that some are pushing back on the Bridgerton the writers at one point are what sealed the deal and sent them a huge clue. She says:

We had an idea that this was going to happen from the first two episodes. Because there was a line, where Penelope said to Eloise: “You can’t lie to me!” And I went, ‘Why is she saying that?’ And I kind of questioned it and [the writers] said ‘No, please say it. It is important because later. And we both said, ‘Oh, no. Oh no. It’s bad.’

Honestly, it was a bad friendship breakup, but it seems Netflix subscribers aren’t that worried that the two pals can’t work things out, one way or another. The most pressing concerns seem to be about the lack of sex scenes, compared to season 1 – and how there could have been so many more in fact. Another lingering question, given the departure of Regé-Jean Page and others, is whether the final main cast, Simone Ashley and Jonathan Bailey, are returning for the next iteration. No worries, we found out that Kate and Anthony are indeed back at The Ton, and they have some ideas about what they want to see happen next.

Ideally, repairing the only solid friendship in Bridgerton will also take precedence in Season 3. But as we all know, each subsequent story focuses on the next sibling in line for True Love, who in next year’s case is Benedict (played by Luke Thompson). We’ll be looking forward to what lies ahead in the incredibly sexy and emotional streaming series, including the rest of the 2022 Netflix TV schedule!


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