The actor Regé-Jean Page, who plays the aristocrat Simon Basset in the Netflix fiction The Bridgertons , has become the most popular face of the moment. Virtually unknown to date, he stars in all eight chapters of the first season alongside Phoebe Dynevor, who plays Daphne Bridgerton, and now his name is being considered as the new James Bond. Added to this trend of popularity is now having been recognized by Time magazine as one of the most influential people of 2021. “Completely speechless. But thankfully Shonda always has the best ones. Thank you @shondarhimes Thank you @TIME and thank you. It is an exciting moment, "he said when selected by the magazine. In parallel, he has been confirmed for a leading role in the film Dragons and Dungeons, an adaptation of the mythical role-playing game in which Chris Pine, Michelle Rodríguez, Justice Goldstein and John Francis Daley have also been confirmed. For all this, its popularity is also noticeable in social networks where in just a few months it has gone from having 34,000 followers to having more than 5 million.
The actor has spent most of his career in the United Kingdom, the country where he was born and where he now lives with his girlfriend Emily Brown, a 30-year-old writer who works as a freelance for firms such as Nike, Converse and Uber. His love of sports goes further, as he also plays football, specifically for the FBB Warrior team in South West London. The couple live together in a house they bought together in the capital in February last year, a few months after the filming of the first successful season of The Bridgertons ended .
The actor, however, as a child moved to Zimbabwe . He is the third of four siblings, his mother is a nurse from the African country and his father a British preacher, so since he was a child he has lived with racism in a country where interracial marriages were not socially accepted. For this reason, he has expressed in more than one interview that the representation of people with different skin tones in The Bridgertons pleases him greatly. In Square Mile magazine, Page said: “It doesn't help at all when people say they don't see the color (of the skin)… Please do it, because if you don't, you don't see me. And you don't see the way I walk around the world, and you don't understand the conversations we're having about color, because for you it doesn't exist ”. In addition, in another talk he stated that he was trying to “break the limits of what is considered 'normal' and eliminate labels.”
After returning to London, in his teens Page started a punk music group with his brother and dyed his green hair. Art called him and he decided to study at the prestigious Drama Center London, a school from which students such as Colin Firth , Pierce Brosnan , Emilia Clarke or Michael Fassbender have come . Following his graduation in 2013 came the first plays, such as Jonathan Munby's acclaimed adaptation of The Merchant of Venice at Shakespeare's Globe in 2015.
After several supporting roles, his chance to join the Shondaland universe — as It is called the universe of Shonda Rhimes , the creator of Grey's Anatomy or Scandal – it came to her in 2018, with the addition of the series For the people, a fiction of lawyers produced by Rhimes. That was his moment for the all-powerful production company to notice him.
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The actor has said that for his role in The Bridgertons he had to go through hard preparation. “ The question is rather: were there any skills that I didn't have to learn? Dancing, horseback riding, boxing, diction and history and customs of the Regency period. This role required a great deal of preparation, both physical and academic. My favorite part of this job is being able to learn about the world around me by going in and playing in it. The horseback riding was hilarious. He had only ridden once in Texas three years ago, and it turns out that riding Texas horses has nothing to do with it! My international equestrian diplomacy is in its infancy ”, he explained.