Bridgerton's Rege-Jean Page made his debut on Saturday Night Live this weekend, and unveiled a hidden talent that had fans swooning faster than he can lick a silver teaspoon.
The 31-year-old actor showcased his impressive singing voice as he launched into his rendition of The Righteous Brothers' Unchained Melody, after jokingly insisting he was nothing like his dashing Bridgerton alter ego, the Duke of Hastings during his monologue.
"I'm shy, emotional, it’s hard for me to talk about myself because, well, I just want to listen," he said. “I like to sing silly little songs." He then won over the audience with his pitch-perfect performance of Unchained Melody.
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Page also referenced his steamy shenanigans in the Shondaland period drama, declaring: "The show that made everyone turn to their mums and say, ‘Never mind, I don’t think we should watch this together'. And because of that, people may associate me with being this smoldering, sensual smoke show. But I assure you I’m just a regular guy."
As part of the skit, the star then slipped into a sultry tone and deadpanned straight to camera: "I want us to have fun together, to explore each other."
He was later joined by SNL cast members Shrill's Aidy Bryant, Ego Nwodim and Chloe Fineman, who dressed up as Daphne Bridgerton. When Page asked the stars what their favourite parts of the show were, they referred to sex scenes by referencing how many minutes into a particular episode they were.
"That's a character. None of that is real," Page replied, before gently sweeping an eyelash off Bryant's face and telling her to make a wish.
"My wish was rated R," she quipped.
The final sketch saw Page reprise his role as Simon Basset, aka the duke, with Fineman back to play Daphne. Their intimacy intimacy coordinator "had a COVID exposure", SNL co-star Kate McKinnon announced, so Pete Davidson and Mikey Day entered as the replacement. They had a plastic bag of modesty garments, and when Page asked if they were hygienic, Davidson lifted one to his nose for a quick sniff, before pausing and replying: "Yeah."
Page and Fineman climbed up on their prop bed to get choreographing the scene, to rapturous applause from the audience, before Day and Davidson swapped places to show them how it was done. They also suggested that Daphne should tell the Duke: "Wrong hole, dumbass." McKinnon immediately corrected it: "Wrong hole, your grace."
The Bridgertons would be aghast.
Bridgerton season two will begin filming in the spring.
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