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"What makes me happiest? Either being around people that I love, or working on something that I love," Phoebe Dynevor tells us. "The best is when you're working on something that you love, with people that you also love. That's the dream!"
We're chatting to the actress and Louis Vuitton ambassador on the set of her Bazaar UK November issue cover shoot at The Kiln Rooms in Peckham - a sweet nod to the fact that her next role, her debut feature film, sees her playing Clarice Cliff, the ceramicist who brought art deco to the masses.
Dynevor, of course, shot to global fame practically overnight when Netflix's hit Regency drama Bridgerton was released during the last lockdown. The show, based on the romance novels of Julia Quinn and produced by Shonda Rhimes, quickly became the streaming giant's most-watched show of all time and has subsequently been renewed for another three seasons.
"I'd say Bridgerton has definitely changed my life," she says. "But not only in the things that have come from the job, but also just the experience of it and meeting the most incredible people; just learning so much from working so hard for that period of time."
"You just learn so much about being an actor and how much your body can take, in a way. That was a huge learning experience for me and it changed a lot of things in my life."
While it might seem as though fame just happened upon her, Dynevor has actually been working away quietly in the acting industry for over a decade. Prior to landing the role that made her a household name, the actress had spent nine months unsuccessfully auditioning in LA, and was about to board a plane home when the call came to read for Daphne Bridgerton.
"The advice I'd give to my younger self? Stay in your own lane, maybe," she says. "Stop focusing on the noise and the expectations of others, and focus on what makes you happy. The rest will come if you keep your head down."
Watch our full video with Dynevor above, in which she discusses everything from the book she'll never get tired of reading, the song that always gets her dancing, and what self-care means to her.
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