Easily the sexiest program on TV since Normal People, Netflix's Bridgerton has slowly and steadily risen to be the most watched series on the streaming service right now.
When we're not fawning over the real-life filming locations seen in the series and wondering how much all the fabulous jewellery the cast are wearing would actually cost, we've been avidly watching the palpable tension and sizzling chemistry build between the two lead characters; the Duke of Hastings and Daphne Bridgerton.
But does that chemistry transfer off-screen, between the real-life actors René-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor?
In a joint interview with Access Hollywood, the pair addressed rumours that they're dating in real life, after hosts Scott Evans and Kit Hoover prodded the co-stars to reveal whether anyone was connected 'on and maybe off screen?'
Despite not giving a straight answer to the probing question about the two – whose relationship has been put under the spotlight by fans of the Netflix show – 31-year-old Page made it clear that the only chemistry fans needed to be focusing on, was on camera.
'I think that everything you need to know is on camera, and all the sparks that flew come off the beautiful script that we were handed,' said Page. 'So I think that the sparky-words scripts and material are more than enough.'
Whether those 'sparky-words' will develop into real-life romance for the pair later down the line remains to be seen, but if several more series of the show are commissioned by Netflix, we can hope.
The period drama, based on Julia Quinn's best-selling novels, follows the romance between eldest Bridgerton daughter Daphne (Dynevor) and Simon Basset – aka the Duke of Hastings – (Page), and is based on Quinn's first book, The Duke and I. But with seven more books ready for adaptation – each focusing on a different sibling in the powerful family – an incoming second season looks highly likely.
Show creator Chris Van Dusen told Cosmopolitan that 'of course' he'd love to make a second series, but that they're purely focusing on the first and current one at the moment.
'We know there are eight Bridgerton siblings [and] there are eight Bridgerton books. So I would love to be able to explore love stories and romances for all the Bridgerton brothers and sisters, of course,' he explained.
Without an off-screen romance to obsess over just yet, we'll have to contend with patiently waiting more news of a second series, and wait to see what happens next in the lives of the scandalous Bridgerton family.
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