Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page addresses James Bond rumors: 'It's like a merit badge'
Could Regé-Jean Page go from duke to 007?
The breakout Bridgerton star has recently set the internet abuzz for a few reasons, but partly because he's become a new fan favorite to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond. While British betting firm Ladbrokes currently has Page at 5/1 odds, however, the actor doesn't seem to think he'll be suiting up for the role anytime soon.
"I think there might be an element of cultural translation to be done here," Page said on a Friday appearance on The Tonight Show. "If you're a Brit, and you do something of any kind of renown that people regard well, then people start saying the 'B' word. It's like a merit badge. You get the 'B' word merit badge."
"I'm very, very glad to have the badge," he added. "I'm glad to be in such wonderful company of people who have the badge. But it's a badge."
Indeed, Ladbrokes representative Alex Apati told Variety that a successful TV series will often shift the odds in an actor's favor for a brief moment. "It's the reason Cillian Murphy was once favorite during the peak of Peaky Blinders," Apati said, noting similar spikes for Richard Madden and Paul Mescal in the wake of Bodyguard and Normal People, respectively.
For the record, the current favorites for the next Bond are Tom Hardy (6/4 odds) and James Norton (7/4).
Page, who plays Simon, the Duke of Hastings on Bridgerton, also discussed his family's response to the sexy Netflix drama with host Jimmy Fallon.
"To be fair, at this point, you can't really faze my family," the actor said. "If you come up through theater, they see stuff, and they kind of don't even blink anymore. But there are warnings. The family WhatsApp has like, red, flashing lights."
"But you don't tend to reach everyone sometimes," he continued. "We missed one of my cousins, and she sent me a message: 'I had to make so many tactical cups of tea during the show....And then I come back and you were still going! So I have to go back and put the kettle back on.'"
"My family are very, very stimulated and caffeinated at this point, which sounds like a deadly combination," Page concluded with a laugh.
The actor also recently spoke to EW about tackling the role and the appeal of the material. "I think that different people are objectively attractive in different ways and a big part of the romance genre for me is in discovering what that true attractiveness is," he said. "What is truly beautiful about someone? What is that jewel at the heart of them? How do you dig that out? And how do you get to recognize it, despite all of the glamour and fireworks and bright lights in the way?"
Bridgerton is currently streaming on Netflix.