“I have to work twice as hard, and maybe I haven’t really said that to myself and give myself a round of applause for that.”
Simone Ashley (born Simone Ashwini Pillai) was born in Surrey, England, but has relatives in Ojai, California, where she spent much of her childhood summer. He eventually moved to Los Angeles at the age of 17 to pursue acting.
After signing with a modeling agency, Simone knew that she actually wanted to be an actor. Her first role was as a background “party girl” in 2015 Straight Out of Compton.
However, that small role earned Simone a small part in projects like Spacious church and wolf blood, which in turn earned him his big breakthrough role in Sex education as Olivia Hanan.
Simone said that working on Sex education very special and the cast is like family.
Simone was in her trailer shooting another movie when she got a call that she had landed the role of Kate Sharma in Bridgerton Season 2 — and the timing is right after Season 1 came out.
And when casting news was finally announced, Simone was in the process of assembling an Ikea desk, according to Glamor UK. Oh, and he’s starting to get amazing messages of support from legends like Freida Pinto and Mindy Kaling.
Simone has a number of favorite scenes from Bridgerton Season 2, because, of course, it is impossible to choose just one.
Behind the scenes BridgertonJonathan Bailey, who plays Anthony, and Simone become great friends and make each other feel comfortable — especially during more intimate scenes.
And in terms of Bridgerton’iconic costume, Simone reveals that she does have a favorite—this Kate look from Episode 5.
Before Bridgertonwhere Simone has to ride a horse in some scenes, she’s only ridden once before.
Simone talks about what it means for her to see the fan reaction to having her, an Indian woman, in the lead role in Bridgerton.
She also discusses how, as a woman of color, she had to work twice as hard to get as far as she has.
Apart from Simone’s many talents, she is also a classical singer.
In terms of his musical inspiration, his favorite band is Fleetwood Mac.
During the pandemic, Simone taught herself how to get a tattoo — and she even ended up getting some of her own Bridgerton cast member.
We all know Kate is a dog lover, but Simone is too! She has an adorable cocker spaniel named Mila.
Finally, Simone will officially return as Kate alongside Jonathan as Anthony in Bridgerton Season 3.
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