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  • my guest tonight is a fantastic actress who plays Daphne Bridgeton on the hit New Netflix.

  • Siri's from Shonda Rhimes.

  • Bridgeton.

  • Let's take a look.

  • You appear displeased.

  • Do I?

  • We find ourselves seated beside each other.

  • Miss Bridgeton.

  • I'd like to thank you.

  • Help you about that.

  • Perhaps, Your Grace.

  • It would be better if you were a friend from thinking about me at all.

  • It is simply surprising.

  • Yes.

  • However, is it possible for a lady to offer anything but a smile while seated beside a duke?

  • Regarding subjects, even one of your reputation?

  • You are aware of my reputation.

  • Where if your friendship with my eldest brother, if that were not enough, I'm also aware of the things that certain writers recently written off You.

  • Presumptuous.

  • Clearly arrogant.

  • Most definitely.

  • You are a rig two and two.

  • Hey, Phoebe, how are you?

  • I'm good.

  • How are you?

  • I'm good.

  • Now.

  • I'm thrilled that I get a chance to talk to you because you are the woman of the moment.

  • This is a huge deal.

  • So I mean, just first of all, congratulations.

  • Thank you.

  • Thanks so much.

  • Yeah, it's been surreal.

  • Few weeks.

  • Yeah, it's so fascinating.

  • because Richardson came out.

  • Was it 34 weeks ago?

  • It just came out.

  • Yeah, exactly.

  • Pretty much exactly four weeks ago.

  • Came out on Christmas Day.

  • Okay, so this is what I experienced.

  • It came out Christmas Day.

  • About two days later, Everybody I know was texting me and saying, Have you seen Bridgeton on?

  • I said it was two days, two days, two days, everybody.

  • And then, uh you know, I said, I'm going to watch it.

  • Give me a second.

  • Um, I hear doctors air like leaving mid operation to go watch Bridgeton.

  • Everybody's gone mad for this show and deservedly so.

  • It's a terrific show, but it's kind of a mania.

  • I don't know what it's like in in Britain, in the UK, but here in America, people have lost their minds.

  • It's great.

  • Yeah, it's amazing.

  • It's so it's so lovely to be part of something that's obviously bringing a lot of joys People's lives in this really crazy time.

  • So it's just it's good to be part of something positive, I guess.

  • Yeah, it's very positive.

  • Everybody looks gorgeous, the costumes or stunning.

  • I think it's a nice on, and there's so much about it to that, I think, is fascinating.

  • Uh, one of the things I'm curious about is people talk today about dating and how difficult it is with the apse with social APs and what a weird experience it is.

  • And I'm curious if you almost do you prefer.

  • I mean, obviously there's a lot of downsides, but are there things that you prefer about the way they were doing it in the 19th century?

  • I mean, you know, E Yeah, I think the problem today is that there is no social etiquette at, so you can ghost someone and just sort of blank them completely.

  • And there's no, you know, there's no repercussions to that.

  • So that's something you have to do with.

  • And also, you know, if if someone was into you in those days, they would come around and bring you a big bouquet of flowers, it was pretty much a simple as that.

  • So you knew where you stood with people.

  • I think that's the that was the benefit of being a woman back in those days.

  • Obviously, that's probably the only E was going to say.

  • Not many people are saying early 19th century, great time to be a woman.

  • Uh, but but yes, people had to put in an effort they had to put in an effort.

  • And now it's just someone can, um, like something that you wrote.

  • Or they can send you an emoji.

  • And you think, Wait a minute back then you had to ride, you know, 80 miles through a bog to deliver some roses.

  • It feels like a guy had to work for it back then.

  • They did?

  • Yeah, they did.

  • Um, but I think, you know, I think there's there's a pluses and negatives.

  • Isn't that because also, if I'm not interested, you know, if there's a Nigel Burr Brooke of today, I don't have toe Panda.

  • I could just say no.

  • I'm good.

  • Thank you.

  • Yeah, that's true.

  • I don't even have to say thank you.

  • You don't even have to say anything.

  • You just don't You just turn off your phone for a week and maybe he gets the message.

  • I know I like that.

  • I like that a lot.

  • There's obviously so many things about this show that I feel people right now are hungry for.

  • For example, during this co vid crisis, nobody's been dressing up.

  • And I think, you know, obviously the show is really entertaining in so many ways.

  • But part of the show is you all look so beautiful and you're dressed so nicely and everyone watching it is wearing sweatpants.

  • Yes, and T shirt, including me, including you wearing sweat pants right now, eh?

  • So basically, you're from, like, from the waist up from the waist up.

  • You are.

  • There you go.

  • Yes.

  • Yes.

  • I won't show you what I'm wearing because yeah, it's not good.

  • Um, I'm wearing very short short.

  • Uh, e believe that.

  • Not a good look.

  • Um, is there any chance because I've watched the show with my wife and it's very interesting because my wife and I watched the show and we watch it in the main room.

  • We have two Children and they're teenagers, but on the younger side of being teenagers and they wander in and out.

  • So we love the show.

  • But we were worried about Well, we can't leave them walking through if there's an intense scene.

  • And then someone told us three exact episode.

  • There's an episode that everyone that if there's kids around eso Yeah, is it six e I mean?

  • Yeah, it's quite easy to remember, actually, isn't it?

  • Well, absolute six.

  • Yeah.

  • Episode six is the danger Danger.

  • Red Light hasn't Yeah, No, I couldn't handle it.

  • I fainted twice.

  • Uh, they took me to the hospital, but it was fantastic.

  • It was great, but I just I just kept They brought me around with smelling salts.

  • Uh, but it was nice that the word is out like now.

  • First of all, that works both ways.

  • If there are people who are worried about their kids worried about maybe their grandmother coming into the room, um, you need to be a little careful about Episode six, But you also know it's going to drive people to Episode six is Well, yeah, so with my family, because I watched it with my grandparent's on with my family.

  • We just We skipped Episode six.

  • It was just like it was a no go.

  • But there's what there's, You know, there's a few before that as well.

  • So I had to sort of sit by the remote and fast forward the bits before episode sex that slightly Yeah, on the precarious side as well.

  • You're there with the remote pushing fast forward, ready to go, Ready to go.

  • And you probably you know exactly what's happening.

  • And then on then stop.

  • Like you don't understand that.

  • Yeah, and and suddenly there's there's, like, a baby or something, and you're like, Trust me.

  • E had to give them a download of everything that happened in that episode.

  • Six.

  • So they were all caught up.

  • So yeah, that was what I gave them a little like.

  • Okay, So what happens is yeah, skipped all the away, the bad parts.

  • Let me ask you.

  • Ah, a quick question and you feel free to be completely honest with me.

  • Um, I look at this show, and yes, obviously, everyone's very attractive, so that's gonna be a problem for me.

  • But I do have the overall skin tone of someone in the, uh, let's say, 18th, 19th century England.

  • I look like someone who maybe hasn't been well nourished and taken care of.

  • Would there could there be some small part for me?

  • You know, I just got to say, because it's not I mean, the bridge, iTunes, we're all we're all kind of pasty, but it's also the hat.

  • You've got the British and boy has style going on.

  • They would.

  • Honestly, they weren't hair makeup for hours getting getting your hair done.

  • Listen, you just have it.

  • I have that liberty that those guys, the bridge, it's especially have that big thing of hair.

  • And they have those crazy side burns burns.

  • I just need burns.

  • I could do that.

  • And then we just have to find a reason why someone like me would be in the show.

  • And I don't wanna be distracting, literally just coming by in the background every now and then.

  • Hello?

  • You know, quick wave.

  • And then off I go.

  • You've got the accent as well.

  • Well, no, What I just did was insulting and terrible.

  • I want to ask you quickly about the narrator of Bridgeton is Julie Andrews, the great Julie Andrews.

  • And I know I mean, the word icon doesn't even do justice to to who Julie Andrews is and what she's accomplished because she's the narrator of the show.

  • Have you had a chance to meet her?

  • I haven't.

  • I haven't and I It's haunted.

  • May ever since the pandemic salted.

  • I think I actually read her autobiography in Lock Down because I just wanted to be close to her.

  • I was so disappointed we didn't get to meet.

  • So I just found out everything I could about Julie Andrews so that now I feel like I know, uh, and if we ever meet in person, I have something to talk about, Although I worry that might scare her away, so I might be a bit cooler.

  • Yeah, Sometimes that frightens people.

  • When you say when you say it's trip.

  • Oh, you know, Phoebe, meet Julie Andrews.

  • You were born in Leeds in 1928.

  • You weigh 135 g.