Phoebe Dynevor was about to move back to London when she got hired for Bridgerton

I recently wrote about how Laverne Cox almost quit acting to go to graduate school a few weeks before landing her life changing role on Orange is the New Black. Bridgerton star, Phoebe Dynevor, has a similar story. Phoebe appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon where she again talked about her “magical” chemistry with Rege-Jean Page (it was easy) and how she was about to throw in the towel on acting after living in L.A. for nine months. Phoebe said she had already purchased a plane ticket back home to the U.K. when she got the call to come read for Bridgerton. And she would have had to move her flight to make it to the read. Phoebe said Netflix called the next day and said they’d pay for her plane ticket to London because they needed her in rehearsals as she had landed the role. So she got to go home but on Netflix’s dime. Below are a few more highlights via People:

The actress went on to describe the moment she realized they had a good connection, which occurred during a dance rehearsal prior to filming the first season.

“We both had dance rehearsals together, and we were both kind of nervous about the dancing part. I remember we had a few rehearsals and one of them got recorded so we got to watch it back and we were like, ‘Oh, eye contact really does a lot of the work,’ ” she said.

Following the release, Bridgerton’s immediate success was obvious, and it was later revealed to be Netflix’s “biggest show ever.” In the clip, Dynevor shared that she actually almost gave up her acting career prior to landing the role.

“I had been living in L.A. for about nine months, and I was kind of at that point where I was ready to go home, and sort of throw in the towel,” she told Fallon. “Then I got a call saying, ‘Can you come in and read with Regé next week?’ And I was like, ‘Oh God, well that’s annoying because I’ve got to move my flight,’ and I was like, ‘I hope it pays off.’ I didn’t think anything of it.”

She continued, “Then the next day they were like, ‘Netflix will pay for your flight back to London because you’ve got to be in rehearsals on Monday.’ So it did pay off.”

[From People]

I loved how Phoebe fangirled over Lin Manuel Miranda and Jimmy Fallon at the beginning. It was so sweet to hear her say she is looking forward to In the Heights and how Hamilton got her and her family through lockdown. Anyways, poor Phoebe, she will forever be asked about her “chemistry” with Rege-Jean. You guys we are literally six months out from the debut of Bridgerton and cast members are STILL being asked about Rege-Jean Page and those sex scenes. This will continue happening until season two.

I love to read these stories about people who were about to give up on their dreams when an unexpected opportunity launching their career showed up. Phoebe could have easily turned down the offer but she followed that road to stardom. I am excited about season two of Bridgerton because I have a feeling that it will launch Jonathan Bailey and Simone Ashley’s careers. As for Phoebe, I am very happy she didn’t give up. I have enjoyed watching her play Daphne even though I believe Rege carried the bulk of the chemistry in the show. I look forward to seeing where Bridgerton will take her character and where Phoebe will ultimately take her career. In the meantime, I just may go and rewatch a few episodes of Bridgerton. All this talk about chemistry has gotten me a bit hot under the collar.

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  1. Becks1 says:

    Ha, that was close! It’s funny how life works sometimes.

    I liked her as Daphne, I know some people weren’t huge fans, but I thought she played the innocent debutante who still knew the game very well. The bangs were not good but I liked her overall.

    • Darla says:

      Me too. I don’t get all the criticisms, I really enjoyed her.

      • Noodle says:

        I feel like she got criticized a lot when it was a script issue. I like the Bridgerton books, but they can veer towards the cheesy at times, not to mention that the screenwriter liberally adapted a lot of the book content. I thought she did a great job with what she was given.

  2. faithmobile says:

    My husband gave up on his dream when he landed a plum corporate gig and then 6 months later was unceremoniously laid off because of the pandemic. Long story short-he started his own business(with my help) and it’s been wildly successful. It’s almost like you have to let get go mentally and emotionally and get out of your own way to receive what life has to offer you. I have now finished every Bridgerton book as well as every other Julia Quinn romance, it was a fun romp!

  3. BusyLizzy says:

    She’s stunning!

  4. Humbugged says:

    Emma Naomi who played is in Prof T on Britbox playing Det Sgt Donckers.

    It’s the Brit version of the Belgian show and it was a straight copy of the original but not in Flemish.I watched all the Belgian show about a professor with OCD who suffers from hallucinations and his former student solving crimes.

  5. Melanie says:

    Other readers from the UK will get this. It always makes me chuckle so much when I remember that Phoebe is the daughter of Sally Webster from Corrie 😄

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Oh I disagree, Regee Jean is smoking hot and amazing in the role, but it was HER reactions to everything that set the real fire. For me, it’s because I could imagine myself as her, just totally on fire for him. THAT was the real chemistry.