Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story has been met with an epic reception during its a huge opening week on Netflix from all around the world.
And now, a whole host of behind-the-scenes secrets from the filming of the Shonda Rhimes led miniseries, which was released on May 4, have been revealed by the cast.
From using a bouncy ball in sex scenes and ‘choreographing’ raunchy moments, to ‘authentic’ Regency-era costumes, the cast have spilled all about the making of the hotly-anticipated show.
The actresses have told how it took them hours to get fully dressed in their intricate garments, while they have also given an insight into the tricky aspects of having to strap into a corset, including being unable to eat in the garment.
After making an epic first week debut following the success of its predecessor, MailOnline takes a look at all the secrets behind filming the smash hit show.
BTS: Several behind-the-scenes secrets from the filming of the Netflix’s Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story have been revealed by the cast
Secrets: During the Bridgerton spin-off there are several sex scenes which appear on the screens for only a few seconds
SPENDING HOURS CHOREOGRAPHING SEX SCENES
Following the raunchy nature of the first series of Bridgerton, Queen Charlotte features several raunchy sex scenes of its own, but they appear on screen for mere seconds.
However, young Queen Charlotte actress India Amarteifio revealed it can take hours to capture the intimate moments due to having to ‘choreograph’ the scene.
She told BuzzFeed: ‘It’s very much a collaboration. It’s mapped out like a stunt or a dance. We know exactly where each hand is going, or a leg. In that way, it’s very much choreographed.
‘But then it’s about having that trust in your scene partner, knowing your boundaries, where is comfortable for you to be touched or not touched.’
Bridgerton saw the use of intimacy coordinators to help ‘choreograph’ sex scenes rise to prominence, with the same technique being used in Queen Charlotte.
The introduction of intimacy coaches have caused much debate after rising to prominence in Bridgerton, and Arsema Thomas recently weighed in on the issue.
Arsema – who played a young Agatha Danbury – told Cosmopolitan: ‘The role of an intimacy coordinator was super important.
‘It’s important overall across the board, but it was super important for the work we were doing because the entire season is quite sensuous in that it engages all five senses.
‘It’s mapped like a stunt’: Young Queen Charlotte actress India Amarteifio revealed it can take hours to capture the intimate moments due to having to ‘choreograph’ the scene
Funny: Meanwhile Arsema Thomas, who portrayed a young Agatha Danbury, admitted she filmed the sex scenes with Cyril Nril, Lord Danbury, using a bouncy ball between them
‘There’s this tactile second language in Bridgerton and Queen Charlotte so to allow those moments to have their weight, rather than to just be sex.
‘The intimacy coordinator made it her priority to have all of our comforts in her mind, but also, she allowed us to see intimate scenes as different.
She continued: ‘There is a beauty in looking at it like a choreographed dance, which allowed it to be something that was less uncomfortable and more a partnership between both the actors there, it’s extremely important.’
Arsema also revealed that the intimacy coordinator is there to remind actors and actresses that their comfort is also their priority during filming.
She said: ‘That somebody is there to remind you that your comfort is also your priority – not just the lines, not just the acting.’
USING BOUNCY BALLS IN RAUNCHY SCENES
Elsewhere, Arsema also told how she filmed sex scenes with Cyril Nril, who plays Lord Danbury, with a bouncy ball between them.
She revealed the pair would ‘make jokes’ whenever cut was yelled because the whole scene was so ‘mechanical’ and planned out by the intimacy coordinators.
She also joked that Lord and Lady Danbury’s sexual relationship is ‘not far off from reality’ for most women, including herself.
Arsema’s character was first introduced at the start of episode one zoning out while having sex with Lord Danbury and said it ‘is so clear that she is not enjoying herself’.
The actress admitted when she first read the script, she ‘laughed’ because she realised some women also don’t view sex as ‘pleasurable but as the way you create babies’.
When Arsema first auditioned the producers had no idea the beauty was in fact American.
The actress revealed she learnt the British accent while doing her degree and kept it up for four years so when it came to auditioning, she found it easy to convince producers.
She said: ‘When I was in my bachelor’s degree, I was going through a weird period in my life where I just wanted to have a change – instead of cutting my hair, I just kept up a British accent for four years of my undergraduate degree. I was thinking to myself, this might be helpful one day!’
Joking around: She revealed the pair would ‘make jokes’ whenever cut was yelled because the whole scene was so ‘mechanical’ and planned out by the intimacy coordinators
Convincing: When Arsema first auditioned the producers had no idea the beauty was in fact American as she had learnt a British accent while doing a degree and kept it up for four years
BEING UNABLE TO EAT WHILE WEARING CORSETS
The costume department pulled out all of the stops for the Regency-era Netflix series, with the characters even going as far as wearing ‘all the authentic gear underneath’.
India told how Queen Charlotte’s extravagant Coronation outfit was so heavy and complicated that she had to wear a back brace and was forced to be stitched into it.
The actress said wearing corsets were also a major ‘challenge’ because she had to ‘learn to work’ with it instead of fighting against wearing one.
India candidly admitted she was unable to eat anything while squeezed into the corset because she was unable to move her stomach in the tight garment.
She told Buzzfeed: ‘It’s a challenge. It’s more about adjusting and finding what works for your body. You don’t eat with them on because the food doesn’t move, it just sits there.
‘You can drink. It’s just learning to work with it, rather than trying to fight against it all the time. You have to let your body relax into it.’
TRAVELLING IN A SPECIAL VAN DUE TO HUGE WIGS
Staying on the theme of costumes, Golda Rosheuvel, who plays Queen Charlotte in the prequel and Bridgerton, took two and half hours to get ready every day.
Once ready, she told how she had to travel to set in a special van due to her costumes and wigs being ‘too big’.
Despite all the elaborate outfit Golda has worn through out Bridgerton, she revealed that any scene of her sitting down, she is probably in a pair of UGG Boots as she tries to stay as comfy as possible.
‘That two and a half hours is really important in creating that character and, and I’ve kind of really grown to love it,’ she told Buzzfeed.
After all the hours of getting ready, Golda’s dressers were left mortified when she ‘got peed on four times’ by her Pomeranians dogs while filming the new series.
Wow! India revealed that she found corsets ‘challenging’ while filming and for Charlotte’s coronation outfit it was so heavy she had to wear a back brace and was forced to be stitched into it
Costumes: Golda Rosheuvel, who plays Queen Charlotte, took two and half hours to get ready every day and she would then travel to set in a special van due to her costumes and wigs being ‘too big’
Comfort first: Despite all the elaborate outfits Golda revealed that any scene of her sitting down she is probably in a pair of UGG’s as she tries to stay as comfy as possible
Arsema also told how it took her hours and being helped by two people to get her into her elaborate outfits.
‘After a while it becomes a routine, you start to figure out different routines to get yourself into the corset by yourself, or holding these heavy dresses on your hips by yourself,’ she told BAFTA.
‘It informs so much of the characters because they are in these very limited and strict, confined situations these women.
‘The outfit I loved the most was this two-piece suit, it was yellow with a matching hat and I wear it in a stand-off… I felt like a bad-ass in that.’
MAKING ICE OUT OF RUBBER
One dramatic scene in the six-part series is when King George’s, played by Corey Mylchreest, head is forced underwater by two ‘medical assistants’.
The two men were actually stunt men and for the bath, the ice was cleverly made out of rubber making the scene ‘very safe’.
Corey has insisted that the water was ‘lukewarm’ and he was actually the one ‘in control of coming up and down’ in the bath.
‘Very safe’: One dramatic scene in the six part series is when King George’s, Corey Mylchreest, head was forced underwater by two ‘medical assistants’ who were actually stunt men
According to Yahoo, he said: ‘Those baths are incredibly lukewarm. The ice that you see is actually just a rubber that’s cut out in a way to make it look like shards of ice — because at the time, they didn’t have ice cubes, they just had a big block of ice and they chipped away at it.
‘You choreograph and mold this scene so that it looks like I’m not in control and they’re forcing me under — but in reality, I’m the one controlling when to come up and go down. That’s their genius, really, and their technique.’
STEALING THINGS FROM SET
The cast also confessed to stealing things from the set of Queen Charlotte after filming, taking small things with them to remember the show.
Corey admitted to BAFTA: ‘A telescope! There’s also a wheel crank, I don’t know why I did that. There was that thing that moved it, I thought that was really cool.’
While Arsema joked: ‘I ate a lot of the food off the set, I did successfully steal that!’
Golda confessed: ‘There are some costume things that I have, from set… I’d love to take one of her tea sets, that would be cool!’
India admitted she would like to take one of the gold plated mirrors from set, but only if she was allowed to.
Freddie Stroma, who plays Queen Charlotte’s nephew Frederick, and Sam Clemmett, who portrays Brimsley, told how they were trapped in a field with cattle during filming.
Freddie confessed how he considered calling the police after getting trapped in a middle of a field waiting for the 40 cows to get bored and leave them alone.
While Sam told Buzzfeed how they sent the pictures to their Queen Charlotte group chat, but nobody ‘cared’ or was bothered about their wellbeing while fending off the cows.
LIVING AND BREATHING BRIDGERTON
India revealed she became completely obsessed with Bridgerton during her time filming Queen Charlotte and would watch the show when she was meant to be rehearsing.
Speaking to Virgin Radio, India said: ‘I’d seen season one. Then season two came out when we were in rehearsals.
‘I’ve binged a lot and probably should have been doing my lines… but I was obsessed!’
On the other hand, Arsema confessed that she had never watched Bridgerton before being cast in the much-anticipated prequel and didn’t know who Lady Danbury was.
She told PEOPLE: ‘I never watched [Bridgerton before auditioning], I came in just being what I thought this character should be.
‘Somehow, by I don’t know what kind of cosmic aligning, it happened to be very similar to how Adjoa sees this character as well.’
Sam Clemmett revealed Brimsley was the fourth or fifth character he auditioned for in the Bridgerton universe before securing a role.
According to Buzzfeed, he admitted he had previously auditioned for Colin Bridgerton in the summer of 2021 before getting another audition for Bridgerton season two.
Many tries: Sam Clemmett revealed Brimsley was the fourth or fifth character he auditioned for in the Bridgerton universe before securing a role
However, he said no to the smaller part because his agent trusted that he would secure a bigger role, which he did in the form of Brimsley in Queen Charlotte.
He told how he did the audition for Brimsley after drinking a lot of margaritas, but it clearly worked very well for him.
‘I think Brimsley was the fourth or fifth character that I’ve read for. So I’ve read for a whole selection of people from the beginning of Bridgerton and they kept bringing me back,’ he said.
‘Then this audition came around, and I hadn’t had a particularly good day, and I was due to do the tape. I just went out for some food and I came back.
‘After loads and loads of Mexican food and margaritas, I went ‘Okay, I’ll just do the tape at 10pm.’ I sent it off, and then here we are!’
POTENTIAL FOR MORE SPIN-OFFS
In just four days, over 148million hours of the Netflix miniseries were viewed around the world, leaving fans wanting even more.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Queen Charlotte was not only ranked top 10 in 91 countries but was also ranked as number one in 76 of those locations.
And Golda has increased hopes of more Bridgerton as she said she believes there could be several other spin-offs in the future, including one about Brimsley and Lady Featherington.
Impressive: In just four days, over 148million hours of the Netflix miniseries were viewed around the world, leaving fans wanting even more
Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story focuses on the titular monarch’s rise to power and prominence in her early days of reigning as the Queen of the United Kingdom.
The show consists of past and present plotlines interwoven to tell her story.
The one in present Bridgerton is set in 1817 and follows the aftermath of the death of the royal heir, Princess Charlotte.
While grieving, the Queen — played by Golda Rosheuvel — pressures her children to marry and produce another royal heir.
The other storyline — set even before that in 1761 — tells of the marriage between a young Queen Charlotte — played by India Ria Amarteifio — and King George III.
The spin-off, according to the synopsis, ‘dives into the past as it explores the monarch’s long marriage to the king’ as well as ‘the way her racial identity affects her experience and her country’.
The series also touches on how the queen compassionately dealt with the king’s mental illness and descent into madness.
The story also explores her early relationship with her dear friend Lady Agatha Danbury — a character from the Bridgerton-verse played by Adjoa Andoh.
Camera tricks: Corey has insisted that the ice water which was actually made of ‘rubber’ was ‘lukewarm’ and he was actually the one ‘in control of coming up and down’ in the bath
The spinoff will also tell the story of a young Violet Bridgerton — the matriarch of the eight-sibling family from the original series.
The first season of Bridgerton debuted in December 2020 and reached comparable critical acclaim.
Due to the raving reviews, the sophomore segment was quickly green-lit and was released in March 2022.
The steamy period drama will soon return for its third season, but a release date has not yet been announced.