"I felt very safe. I felt very protected."
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Simone Ashley Said She Felt "Confident" Filming Those Steamy Bridgerton Scenes
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Fans are probably already deep into world of Bridgerton's second season, which debuted on Netflix today and is already proving to be a worthy successor to the show's beloved first season. All the trappings of Shonda Rhimes's take on Regency London are present and accounted for: so, so many balls, over-the-top sumptuous costumes, a corgi, and, of course, the sexy scenes that had fans flush the first time around. 

Breakout star Simone Ashley, who plays Kate Sharma in season 2, told People that filming those scenes wasn't an issue for her and that the whole thing was choreographed in a way that made her feel safe and protected.

She added that she was glad that she could represent dark-skinned, Indian women in a way that's not usually seen on TV shows.

"I was very confident," she said. "I felt very safe. I felt very protected. I was very excited to be doing these scenes where we can show a dark-skinned woman and her body and not be so taboo about it. Especially a dark-skinned Indian woman where maybe they're represented in a conservative way sometimes."

She and (spoiler) co-star Jonathan Bailey worked well together, she noted, which made the experience that much better for both of them.

"Johnny was an amazing co-partner to work with," she explained. "We worked with an amazing intimacy coordinator who ensured that it was choreographed and it was a safe space where we could communicate and make sure that we knew exactly what was going to be happening on the day. And I think that's something that Johnny and I had throughout the whole series. We always had each other's backs and made sure that each other, as much as we were doing our own work and we were on our own journeys, we would always check in with one another and make sure that they were OK."

Bailey also spoke about working with Ashley, saying that he knew it would be tough for someone new to the cast to jump into something as intimate as a sex scene.

"For a man, it is less exposing," he told The Sunday Times. "I wanted to make sure Simone felt safe as a newcomer on set."