Bridgerton’s Nicola Coughlan compares fame to ‘being a dog on the subway’: It’s ‘the same energy’

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Nicola Coughlan on the cover of ELLE UK

Meineke Klein/ELLE UK Nicola Coughlan on the cover of ELLE UK

The success of Bridgeton has allowed Nicola Coughlan to reach new levels of fame overnight – but adjusting to fame comes with its challenges.

In the March issue of ell UK, the 35-year-old Irish actress opened up about how intense fame can be.

“Being famous is like being a dog on the subway. It’s the exact same energy,” Coughlan said. “When you get in, everyone looks at you. Some people are so smirky, while others are afraid of you and don’t want to come near you. Some people touch you without asking.”

Coughlan said she “can still do the things” she loves to do, but “it’s different now.”

“I was at the pub with my girlfriend a while ago and it was like being an animal at the zoo,” she continued. “People just watched and looked. And I remember removing my Invisalign once and this person stared me straight in the eye, which was pretty weird. But frankly, most people are so, so lovable.”

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In front BridgetonWhen it premiered on Netflix in December 2020, Coughlan felt the series would be a success. But she still didn’t think the Shonda Rhimes-produced series would become as massive as it became.

“I didn’t think it would be the biggest show on Netflix, I wasn’t thinking of that level,” she said. “But I had lunch with you [my costar] Phoebe [Dynevor] maybe about two months before it came out. And I said, ‘I think your life is going to change.’ And she said, ‘No, I don’t know. I’ve done things that people thought would be huge and it didn’t work. But I just had this instinct for it.”

Nicola Coughlan on the cover of ELLE UK

Nicola Coughlan on the cover of ELLE UK

Meineke Klein/ELLE UK Nicola Coughlan on the cover of ELLE UK

As historical drama grew in popularity around the world, Coughlan “began to make a list” of countries where Bridgeton went No. 1 “just to try to make it real” for himself.

“Then it was like, ‘It’s the biggest show that’s ever been on Netflix, 80 million people,'” she said. “And it’s like ‘What?’ It was just surreal.”

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In front BridgetonCoughlan rose to fame as Lead Derry girls. She also had roles in other series including whores and The fairytales.

While she’s established herself in her career over time, Coughlan admitted her path to success wasn’t easy.

Nicola Coughlan in Bridgerton Season 1

Nicola Coughlan in Bridgerton Season 1

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“Whenever people say they want to get into this industry, I think you have to want it so badly,” she said. “Because if you don’t, you’d be crazy to do it, absolutely crazy. I hardly saw my family last year because of the shooting. Many sacrifices must be made. I never went on vacation in my twenties. I was so broke.”

Coughlan added, “I never want to sell people this ideal that everything is wonderful and fun. It’s hard work. But it’s amazing. I wouldn’t do anything else.”

For what Bridgeton In season 2, which premieres March 25, fans can expect Coughlan to be asked about the possibilities of some potentially hot scenes with costar Luke Newton, who plays Colin Bridgerton.

“Oh god, yes, it’s going to happen! We used to joke about it, really inappropriate jokes like, ‘Wouldn’t it be funny if we did that when we did it?’ And over time it will become more real,” she said. “Now it’s not funny anymore! Everyone’s like, ‘You have to kiss Luke! On the lips!’ “

March 2022 edition of ell UK goes on sale February 2nd.

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