Ramin Setoodeh Executive EditorIn the Netflix TV series “Bridgerton,” Regé-Jean Page plays Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings, a throwback to previous heartthrobs in literature — ranging from Heathcliff in Emily Bronte’s “Wuthering Heights” to Mr.
Darcy in Jane Austin’s “Pride and Prejudice.” But the 31-year-old actor didn’t want the character to be stuck in the past.“And so, in carrying the torch, we need to make some ground with it,” Page tells “The Crown” star Emma Corrin in Variety’s Actors on Actors TV issue, on newsstands now. “Because Simon’s an archetype that already exists.
He’s Darcy. He’s Heathcliff. He’s a tall, dark, brooding, emotionally stunted man.”In building the character — based on Julia Quinn’s novels set in 1800s.Read more on variety.com