“A lesser actress might have allowed Kate to devolve into a Taming of the Shrew Caricature”: Julia Quinn Appreciates Simone Ashley’s Portrayal of Kate in Bridgerton

“A lesser actress might have allowed Kate to devolve into a Taming of the Shrew Caricature”: Julia Quinn Appreciates Simone Ashley’s Portrayal of Kate in Bridgerton

Simone Ashley is a familiar face. She has been in Sex Education and Because the Night, before she landed the leading role of Kate Sharma in Bridgerton. The 26-year-old actress is hyper-aware of the craze behind the Regency-era drama. However, she isn’t scared unlike her reel partner, Jonathan Bailey.  “We’re in an industry that, yes, as an artist you can feel certain pressures at times, but we’re not performing heart surgery or curing diseases or having lives dependent on us,” she said to Glamour. 

Simone Ashley plays the headstrong Kate Sharma in Bridgerton season 2

Kate doesn’t trust Anthony when he starts courting her younger sister Edwina. She has been dubbed as the ‘diamond of the season’. Kate is stubborn and fiercely protective of her sister. But Anthony can’t marry Edwina without Kate’s approval. They but heads with each other and thus begins an enemy-to-lovers story. 

Simone shared in the very same interview: “It’s a very interesting enemies-to-lovers story. They have a lot of friction at the beginning because they resonate with whatever traits annoy each other within themselves, and then that breeds chemistry. 

They’re both used to people walking away and being isolated, being left alone, being left with a lot of pressures and responsibilities, being slightly misunderstood. I think they met each other and it was like, ‘It takes one to know one. I see a lot of me in you, and I’m not going to walk away from you.’

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Fourteen days after her audition, Simone Ashley had the role in Bridgerton. She explained that she was “starstruck” at the table read with Jonathan. “That was really exciting because he (Jonathan Bailey) was obviously experiencing the whole outcome of the series blowing up, so he was telling me all the exciting things he’d been up to.”

Julia Quinn approves of her

Even Julia Quinn, the author, also approved of the casting. She said, “A lesser actress might have allowed Kate to devolve into a Taming of the Shrew caricature, but Simone tempers Kate’s fierceness with all the vulnerability and devotion to family I worked so hard to bring to the character.”

Season 2 is based on her novel, The Viscount Who Loved Me. 

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