Netflix stars answer Queue’s questions about creativity and craft.
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The actor who plays Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings, in Shondaland’s Bridgerton takes his turn answering Queue’s Q’s.
Queue: What inspired you to pursue a career in acting?
Regé-Jean Page: Not being very good at anything else at all. Also I wanted to be an explorer when I was a kid. That was my first idea of what would be a really great thing to do in the world: to discover unknown things and pick around in them and see what you could bring back home to go, “Look! The world is bigger than you thought it was.” Then I discovered that would involve facing entirely too many very large spiders.
Acting is the closest thing I found to that, honestly. It’s about exploring and getting the opportunity to live in worlds and understand people that I would have no reason otherwise to interact with. One day I can be a spaceman, the next day I can be president, the day after that I can travel 200 years into the past. It’s this really freeing profession. It’s a great way to spend your time as a human: learning about other humans and then sharing that knowledge.What was your very first role?
Were you familiar at all with the book series before you took on this role?
RJP: I wasn’t, but a lot of people are. This is one of the highest-selling genres in the world. I’m looking forward to exploring that world a bit more. It’s a great way to explore what it is that people are looking for in their stories, what it is that people get from romances and fantasy and glamour — and what we can learn about ourselves in that, and what we can learn about what we perceive in love and romance and ambition.
What was the most difficult scene for you to film?
RJP: It’s not always the extreme things that are the hardest. I think everyone has these heightened emotional moments in them at all times; you’re just controlling it and keeping it in check. The hardest moments are the very, very subtle barbs and hurts over the dinner table. When someone says something that you don’t get to blow up about, that you don’t get to cry about, you just have to take that sting right in the ribcage and express that through a flick of an eyebrow or through the way that you cut your peas.