When over 63 million households have seen your show, life is going to change. That’s just a fact. But for Phoebe Dynevor, lead of Netflix’s hit series Bridgerton, it came a critical time. The 25-year-old was considering a break from acting when she booked the Shonda Rhimes-produced drama about the highs and lows of the Regency-era marriage market.
Now when she scrolls on Instagram, she might come across a Saturday Night Live star’s viral impression of her character, Daphne. She’s asked constantly, including by this interviewer, increasingly bizarre questions like, “What does your costar Regé-Jean Page smell like?” A casual weekday stroll to the farmer’s market results in multiple articles on massive celebrity sites like The Daily Mail and The Sun.
“It’s weird, isn’t it?” Dynevor says as we chat over Zoom about the overwhelming success of the series, hours after news broke that a second season is a go. “In my head, no one knows who I am so nothing has changed.”
That’s true to some extent. Dynevor, who has been living with her family in Manchester, England through quarantine, tells me she still doesn’t get recognized on the street by fans. But again: 63 million households. The impact of that number isn’t lost on Dynevor, even if it’s all a bit hard to comprehend while in lockdown.
So, how is she navigating what can only be described as a breakout role? And what’s next? Read on.