Dame Julie Andrews gets to show off her sassy side in Netflix’s Bridgerton (Picture: Getty/Netflix)
Bridgerton showrunner Chris Van Dusen has teased fans should be prepared to hear Dame Julie Andrews saying unexpected things as Lady Whistledown.
Set in the Regency period of the early 19th century, the show – adapted from Julia Quinn’s bestselling novels – follows the Bridgerton family and other members of the aristocratic ‘Ton’ as they enjoy London’s lavish social season, during which young lady’s hope to find themselves a husband.
However, the lives and loves of the aristocrats at the very highest level of society are full of juicy secrets that Lady Whistledown takes great pleasure in revealing to the entire Ton.
Showrunner Chris admitted he couldn’t believe Dame Julie agreed to voice the character during a virtual Q&A as he explained: ‘I personally still cannot believe that’s actually happened and she is the narrator.
‘That’s one thing I’m really excited for, for audiences to just to hear the things coming out of Dame Julie Andrews’ mouth. That has been one of the most fun things to write to for me.’
He later added: ‘She was always at the top of our wish list. But it wasn’t even a thing where we thought it would actually happen. We sent her the scripts and she surprisingly said yes, she loved them and she wanted to be a part of it.
‘She has been so amazing to work with. What is there to really say about Julie Andrews? She’s a total legend, a total Pro.’
The showrunner then teased: ‘She gets to say the most scathing things as Lady Whistledown, the most nontypical of Julie Andrews things that you would never imagine that she gets to say. It’s been a blast.’
Director Tom Verica added: ‘Dame Julie really jumped in and had an absolute blast. She was so open to shaking up the rhythms that she was accustomed to and used to. She was really game to play with notes that we gave her that were probably a little off probably off pace.’
As fans of the hit novels will know, the identity of Lady Whistledown is something the entire Ton wants to figure out.
We haven’t been this intrigued by a mysterious well-informed queen since the days of Gossip Girl.
Bridgerton is available to stream on Netflix from Christmas Day.
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