Phoebe Dynevor's breakthrough role as Daphne Bridgerton in the Netflix hit series Bridgerton could not have come at a better time for us - slap bang in the middle of lockdown - giving us the perfect distraction. But, for Dynevor it meant becoming an overnight celebrity while the world was... kind of closed. In a recent interview she opened up about what lockdown fame was like, and the thing that surprised her the most about it.
The 26-year-old actor shot to fame when Bridgerton first aired on Netflix back in December 2020. Despite roles on Waterloo Road and Dickensian the star wasn't used to the kind of fame that came with starring in one of Netflix's most successful ever series.
"I don't think anyone knows how to handle that [kind of fame]," she told Harpers Bazaar. "I worry about everything. I'm full of anxiety. I have a fear of failure, letting someone down, contradicting myself," she explained. "You see what it is for your mental health to be in the public eye. I meditate, I have a therapist, I walk every day. There are things I do to ground myself, because it's quite hectic at the moment."
She also revealed the surprising thing about finding fame overnight in the midst of a national lockdown due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
"I thought it was just another project. I didn't think anyone was going to care," she said of filming the first series of Bridgerton. "We were all in lockdown, stuck at home and nothing changed..."
However, things changed for her very quickly; "It's quite out-of-body and weird," she said. "It was only when we started being able to leave the house again and there were photographers outside — which was really scary — that I realised if I went out in my pyjamas, there might be someone taking pictures."
Yikes. That does not sound fun.
Bridgerton series 2 will return to Netflix in 2022.
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