The acclaimed period drama resumed production on its second season in early August.
Nicola Coughlan is ramping up excitement for the already highly-anticipated second season of Bridgerton! In a new interview with Entertainment Tonight, the 34-year-old actress shared a glimpse of what fans can expect from the upcoming second installment of the hit Netflix series.
Coughlan, who plays Penelope Featherington, said that the acclaimed first season of the show —which earned 12 Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Regé-Jean Page, who exited after season 1— inspired the cast and crew to go all-out for season 2.
"It's such an exciting thing when you do a show that anyone watches and connects to. But the level at which people connected to Bridgerton and the scale is really mind-blowing. I think we really went in more relaxed, which I know maybe some people wouldn't", she shared.
"I think we felt so much love from the fans of the show and support. Also, the book which this season is based on is like the big fan favorite", Coughlan said of the beloved sequel, The Viscount Who Loved Me, which focuses on Anthony Bridgerton's (Jonathan Bailey) quest to find a suitable partner.
The Derry Girls alum is also relieved that people are now familiar with the show's characters and overall context, which means the series can jump straight into the action.
"I think there's also the fun of a second season that you don't have to do the exposition in order to be like, 'This is the world of Bridgerton'", she explained. "People get what Bridgerton is now, and it's become this phenomena, which is bonkers. But yeah, people know what they're heading into, but they are not ready."
Coughlan also teased of the new season, "It's very epic this year, I feel like is how I would describe it."
After two COVID-related haults, Bridgerton resumed production on its second season in early August. The show had previously entered an indefinite hiatus after two different people involved in the series tested positive for COVID-19, though it remains uncertain whether the cases were among cast or crew members.