Jonathan Bailey opens up about 'destabilising' effect of Bridgerton fame

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12 Jun 2024, 09:52

Naomi Watts and Jonathan Bailey

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Jonathan Bailey has opened up about how the sudden overnight fame he achieved through Bridgerton was “quite destabilising.”

Speaking with Naomi Watts during their Variety Actors on Actors interview, the Fellow Travelers and Wicked star compared Bridgerton’s effect on his career to her own experience post starring in Mulholland Drive.

“I suppose in a very different way… it was a Mulholland Drive moment for me in terms of it was just such a moment where people see you,” Bailey shared. “You know, I’d been doing theatre and stuff but yeah, I just think the Netflix effect is a very specific phenomenon, which is actually personally quite destabilising.



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“Because suddenly, you know, it happens overnight, it’s wild!” he continued. “So you have to sort of contend with that.”

Watts then added: “And it wasn’t overnight because you’ve been working since you were a kid,” to which the Bridgerton actor agreed: “Well exactly… I’m so glad that I’d experienced opportunities to try stuff out and to make mistakes - especially like in my own actual life - before TikTok and people chasing you around!”

The actor then opened up about how crazy an experience it was to have his career blow up through Bridgerton while he was just starting work on Fellow Travelers. “I sort of described it as being quite punk, to go from such a straight character to you know, as gay as you can find!

“It was a real bomb… and if I could just have that experience again,” he reminisced, he admitted he’d enjoy it again in many ways.

Working on Bridgerton series three, Fellow Travellers, and Wicked all at the same time did cause some problems for the booked and busy star, however. “It was fine at the time, then obviously it all comes out in the wash at some point,” he shared, thinking about the stresses and strains of working on varied productions around the world.

“I had a perm for Bridgerton and they were straightening my hair for Tim [in Fellow Travellers],” he admitted. “I went on holiday and my hair looked like coral,” he then added, explaining to Watts that for his role in Wicked he’d had to wear “a big old toupee” because of the damage his other roles had done to his hair.

Bridgerton is available to watch now on Netflix. Fellow Travelers is available to watch now on Paramount+.