"I think I tore my shoulder at one point!"
Simone Ashley got painfully real about her preparation for Bridgerton.
She opened up about the “interesting” experience of wearing a corset every day while filming the second season of the hit Netflix series.
Simone revealed she had “a lot of pain” with the corset, noting that nobody warned her to watch what she ate.
The 26-year-old told Glamour UK:
“On my first day, I was like, ‘OK, first day as a leading lady, got to eat lots of food, be really energised’.
“So, I had this massive portion of salmon and that’s when I needed to be sick, basically because I was wearing the corset.
“I realised when you wear the corset, you just don’t eat. It changes your body. I had a smaller waist very momentarily. Then the minute you stop wearing it, you’re just back to how your body is.
“I had a lot of pain with the corset, too, I think I tore my shoulder at one point!”
Simone went on to say that she had to have help from the wardrobe team to get into the rest of her costume “because when you’re in a corset, you can’t put your shoes on”.
In addition to wearing a corset, Simone also filmed horseriding scenes on her first week on set despite having only ridden once before.
She said: “I’m quite natural and I’m quite sporty anyway.
“At the start, I was in the saddle every other day, pretty much for one to one and a half hours a day. I loved it.
“After moving from LA, and a lot of change, I think that was something that really helped because once you’re on the horse, you kind of get out your head and you don’t think of anything else.”
Simone Ashley was cast as Kate Sharma.
When Kate and her younger sister Edwina (Charithra Chandran) arrive from India, Lord Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) starts to court the latter sister but the former soon discovers that his intentions for marriage are not pure.
Simone previously stated that her character is “sporty and competitive” and “really smart”.
“She listens to her own instincts and she’s not easily swayed by what everyone else is doing.”
“We meet her in different vulnerable moments and discover her background a little bit more and the family trauma that she holds.
“There’s a lot of common cause for an audience to relate to her.”
Simone added that the rest of the cast was “all so supportive of one another. We’re a team and there’s no egos in that sense. Everyone understands we’re all in the same boat and we’re in it together”.
The second season of Bridgerton premieres on March 25, 2022.