Phoebe Dynevor: ‘so many people’ ask me what Rege-Jean Page smells like

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Netflix announced this week that my favorite naughty obsession, Bridgerton, has become their number one streamed original series in its history. Bridgerton has reached over 82 million households in its first month beating out The Witcher series which reached over 76 million households in a month. Of course we all know that one of the major draw to Bridgerton was not only its modern approach to period dramas (they cast several BIPOC in major roles), but its casting of Rege-Jean Page as the duke of Hastings. Well, at least, Rege was what drew ME to the series. The man is gorgeous. I won’t mention how sexy the intimate scenes were or the conveyance of desire through the merest touch or gaze. Which leaves me to wonder if I am a sexually repressed Regency maiden deep down.

Anyways, Phoebe Dynevor, who plays Daphne Bridgerton, is often asked odd questions about her scene mate Rege. Daphne says many people ask her how does Rege kiss and how he smells. I know it may be weird to some but I like a full sensory experience when it comes to my crushes. I don’t care about how he kisses but I do need Phoebe to spill the beans on how he smells. Does he smell like Cool Water or Jupe? Or fresh and clean like CK One (I know I am dating myself here, don’t judge me)? Or does he have a nice earthy scent? Phoebe answers our most ludicrous question in a new interview while giving us insight into how she approached bringing Daphne Bridgerton to life. Below are a few excerpts via Glamour:

On what she wanted to bring to Daphne
I really played with the idea of her having anxiety. It was something that connected me to her because I also have anxiety. I wanted to bring everything that was bubbling inside that she couldn’t show. She’s portraying something very different on the outside at all times from what she’s feeling inside. It’s a challenge to be able to express that in a way that obviously no one else can see. It was a lot about the inner workings of what she’s feeling and going through.

I think we’re really good at hiding [anxiety]. Or at least, I’m quite good at hiding it. There were a couple of moments on set where I did have to breathe. I was feeling the pressure of playing that role and being the lead. It was interesting, because I could use that real feeling and put it into the character. But, yeah, I’m glad you picked up on that because so often you see…in a lot of the Regency stuff we’ve seen in the past, we see a very composed woman. There’s not much sexuality there. It’s very much the male gaze. I wanted to make her feel modern and have sexual desires, as women do, and have a lot going on that isn’t surface level.

On the mast-rbation scene, overseen by intimacy coordinator
That was the hardest scene to shoot. That’s saying something, because there were a lot of difficult scenes to shoot. You feel very vulnerable in those scenes. We did the intimate scenes like stunts—we blocked them out, so you have yoga balls in between you and all sorts of things that never make you feel exposed in any way. You always feel safe. I’d rehearse with Regé so much that we both knew what we were doing. It felt very practical.

But on my own, it’s a different thing. The stage directions are very specific: You have to [perform having] an orgasm. It’s a difficult thing to rehearse, which means you don’t. You just do it. I always get back to the fact that Lizzy was on set for that scene. If we didn’t have an intimacy coordinator, it would be our director, who was a male, coming up to me and telling me what to do. That would have been awkward. I felt so safe in the knowledge that Lizzy was there, so that if something went wrong or the director wanted something different he could speak to her first. I think it would have been a very difficult experience if Lizzy hadn’t been on set protecting me and looking after me. No one wants to be told how to perform orgasm [on set] by a man. [Laughs.]

On what Regé smells like.
Oh, my God. Why have so many people asked me that? He smells really, really nice. He never, ever had bad breath, and he doesn’t smoke or anything like that. We both drink a lot of coffee, so sometimes we both smell like that, which was fine. He’s unscented in a good way.

[From Glamour]

Listen I know my obsession with Rege-Jean Page is outrageous. I don’t care ya’ll. A sister has been cooped up for over a year and my fantasy world is all I have. I am glad I am not the only weirdo wondering how Rege smells. He just looks like he smells delicious even if he was knee deep in mud. Reading Phoebe’s interviews makes me appreciate her as Daphne more. Daphne has grown on me and I have come to like her character.

What was one of the most interesting tidbits in this interview is how the intimacy coach protected Phoebe on set and helped her finesse scenes. One of the sexiest scene of Bridgerton to me was when Rege explained to her how to touch herself. The way that Phoebe conveyed that sensory experience was beautifully done and very different from what we usually see in film. I also love that Phoebe reiterated that those scenes were all from the female gaze which is also rare in film and television. Now that my curiosity has been fed, there is nothing left for me to know about Bridgerton nor Rege-Jean that will enhance my imaginary world. I look forward to season two of Bridgerton. I also look forward to more stories as it pertains to romance and intimacy written from a woman’s POV. I believe that writing from a woman’s POV is the next movement in womxn’s liberation and expression as it pertains to the arts. Now, I must go off to imagine what “unscented in a good way” smells like.

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  1. Becks1 says:

    That’s really good to hear about the intimacy coordinator and how Phoebe felt on set filming some of those scenes. I know her performance gets panned by a lot of commenters here, but I actually liked it, I thought she did a good job of nailing the seemingly composed Regency woman who is full of anxiety on the inside and terrified of making the wrong choice. We see that a lot in her interactions with the housekeeper – she is so dependent on what her mother taught her to do, so nervous of putting a foot wrong – and I do think she did a good job of conveying that.

    I’m sure Reje just smells….fresh. I dont know. I cant imagine him with a lot of cologne or anything.

  2. Esmom says:

    “Unscented in a good way” is a very diplomatic answer, lol. It’s a good answer to kind of an invasive question.

    I like seeing how cast members in period pieces look like in real life so I enjoyed the Glamour photos. I used to be gobsmacked at how different the cast of Downton Abbey looked in real life.

  3. mynameispearl says:

    If anyone still needs to see some R rated (not) porn then dont sleep on Normal People. It both broke my heart and also got me through Lockdown 1 here in Ireland 💔

  4. Lauren says:

    Does anyone else think she looks like Keira Knightley?

    • Common sense says:

      Yes, the first time I watched bridgerton ( I’ve watched it 3) I kept thinking she looks like keira. Phoebe is really good on bridgerton, one of my favourites.

  5. SarahCS says:

    I got the first three of the books after the were recommended on here and they are horribly addictive and absolutely amazing. I’ve watched the first two episodes of the series and there’s a lot I love about it (the colourful costumes, blind casting, etc.) but I’m not loving it in the same way, partly because I miss being inside people’s heads as you are with a book but also I slightly feel they did Daphne dirty. Maybe I’ll change my mind as I watch more but so far I don’t feel like I know much about her vs. the book where she punches Nigel right at the start and is unmarried because all the men see her a friend, not the (external) beauty of the season. Plus Anthony isn’t being an irrational dick any time a man looks at her.

  6. truthSF says:

    You can look at his teeth to know that Regé-Jean doesn’t smoke, and takes very good care of his mouth! He was raised by a Zimbabwean mother, so I’m sure his hygiene is top notch!!😌

    Small correction Oya, The Witcher was watched by 76 million household in its first 28 days, not 79 Million!!

    • Oya says:

      Thanks for the correction. I will change that. That is a HUGE difference

    • Ang says:

      Those numbers really only mean that someone clicked on it and watched for at least 2 minutes, not the whole show. So saying 76-79 million people “watched” any show is misleading. I started Bridgerton and didn’t get through the first episode, so technically I’m in the “watched it” number although I did not at all watch this show. So for all these Netflix numbers, it’s more likely 1/3 to half that number of households actually watching he show.

      • Becks1 says:

        What I want to know is – does it count for each episode or each season? Like I watched the whole season, so does that count as 10 streams (for 10 episodes) or just one?

  7. Stacy Dresden says:

    Hilarious that she is getting asked that question. Page has reached sex symbol status for sure.

  8. Samanthalous says:

    Mmmm he smells like a good time.

  9. FilmTurtle says:

    Has anybody seen “Sylvie’s Love” yet on Amazon Prime? Tessa Thompson is the star and it’s supposedly great. R-JP has a small role in it. That’s on tap for this weekend.

    • Ann says:

      We saw it. It’s quite good. I didn’t know RJP was in it.

    • theotherViv says:

      I watched it and liked it, but didn‘t love it enough to rewatch it. Not enough Rege in it. I was surprised how the women in this movie delivered a good performance while the men seemed to be phoning it in. It is definitely worth watching.

  10. bonobochick says:

    we have now reached fetishism territory with him.

  11. Malificent says:

    He obviously smells like sandalwood and unicorns.

  12. Heather Levin says:

    The author Julia Quinn lives in the Seattle area and is being so generous to the independent bookstore I work for. She has agreed to come into our store twice a month and sign her books for us to mail to customers around the world. She will even include a personalized message if people let us know what they would like her to write for them! It is amazing when authors use their success to help out local bookstores especially now. We made her an honorary employee and flat out adore her for what she is doing for us and her readers. Just wanted to let you know she is a wonderful person who really deserves all of this success.

    • Becks1 says:

      Aw that is really nice of her! Thanks for sharing, its always nice to hear about people using their success like that.

    • Elisa says:

      Is it University Bookstore, the one she signs for? Awesome and I love bookstores! I love that she’s supporting you!

  13. Boxy Lady says:

    Shonda had a show a few years ago called For the People. I loved it but unfortunately it only lasted 2 seasons. Anyway Rege was one of the 6 leads on the show. His character was often a jerk but not always lol. I’m glad he’s getting more momentum career-wise!

    • Original Penguin says:

      Totally binge watched this last week. He does slightly arrogant, very successful, slightly vulnerable so well. And has chemistry off the page with everyone.

  14. Em says:

    “Unscented in a good way.” Now THAT is a true compliment.

  15. Bobbie says:

    He smells like hot sex! :)

  16. Mina_Esq says:

    Rehearsing intimate scenes with Rege “so much” would be a great gig if you can swing it lol