Bridgerton’s Simone Ashley reveals the pain of wearing a corset

Looks like not all fainting is limited to these Regency rakes.

New ‘Bridgerton’ star Simone Ashley has revealed wearing the Netflix drama’s period clothing was an uncomfortable new experience.

“I was in terrible pain with the corset,” the 26-year-old actress told Glamor UK. “I think I tore my shoulder at some point!”

She even needed help with basic clothing chores while filming the hit show’s second season – which premieres March 25 – ‘because when you’re in a corset you can’t put your shoes on’ .

The British beauty shared that she actually had to lose her lunch to fit into the restrictive corset on her first day on set.

Ashley revealed she wanted to be “really energized” and eat a big meal, but that plan largely backfired.

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In addition to wearing a corset, Ashley shared that she learned other Regency activities such as horseback riding and dancing.
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“So I had this huge portion of salmon and that’s when I needed to be sick, basically because I was wearing the corset,” she said.

“I realized that when you’re wearing the corset, you just don’t eat. It changes your body. I got a size smaller very momentarily. Then the minute you stop wearing it, you’re back to how your body is.

Edwina and Kate Sharma in Bridgerton wearing purple dresses
Ashley’s character, Kate, wears an array of lavish dresses in the new season of “Bridgerton” with her sister, Edwina.
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Telling Glamor she wasn’t a fan of period dramas until she watched “Bridgerton,” the actress, who was born to first-generation Indian parents, admitted, “I felt like of not being able to identify with them, maybe because I could. I don’t see myself as one.

Playing the role of Kate Sharma, Ashley ends up becoming the unexpected love interest of Anthony Bridgerton (played by Jonathan Bailey) even as he pursues his younger sister, Edwina.

And although Ashley’s modern life growing up in England and California is very different from that of the Regency world, the ‘Bridgerton’ leading lady says she learned lessons from the role.

Ashley’s character catches the eye of Anthony Bridgerton (while trying to talk him out of courting his sister) in Season 2 of “Bridgerton.”
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“Kate is really mature and I learned a lot from her in that sense,” Ashley admitted. “Maybe I can please people a little bit sometimes, but [Kate] would encourage people to speak their truth, and I really like that about her.

The ‘Sex Education’ star’s off-screen style is quite a departure from that of her ‘Bridgerton’ character, with the actress rocking a hot pink caped jumpsuit on the 2022 BAFTA red carpet.

Simone Ashley in pink jumpsuit
Ashley turned heads in a pink Valentino number on the BAFTA red carpet on Sunday.
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Saying she’s “really interested in exploring” fashion sense more, Ashley, who recently sat front row at shows at Milan Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week, told Glamour. that “we’re in a world now where women are doing amazing things.

“Like you look at what Rihanna has done with Fenty lingerie,” she said. “Maybe one day I could do something like that…but give it a moment!”

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