You’d think Phoebe Dynevor would have her pick of juicy roles in Hollywood following her star turn as Daphne Bridgerton in the first season of Bridgerton. But, apparently, that’s not the case.
Speaking to The London Evening Standard, the 28-year-old described the the instant fame she got when the show premiered in 2020 as incredibly fulfilling after years of working hard for her big break.
“I’m still just coming down from it,” she told the newspaper. “Shooting season one of Bridgerton was probably the happiest I’ve ever been in my life.”
And while Dynevor has found fulfilling projects since the Netflix series, like last year’s psychological thriller film Fair Play, Dynevor said she’s been a bit disappointed by the material she’s been offered since her star turn. Though she notes she’s read “some great scripts” recently, she’s found that there’s not “many parts going” for women her age, compared to their male peers.
“There is such a space for male actors…there are so many of them,” she said. “And they’re all great. They’re all very talented young men, and they do not stop working, and good for them.”
She continued: “But you know, when I think about the girls my age… there’s way more room for them and there is still not enough room for us. It’s a really good time for older women which is amazing and there’s a lot for these young men, but not a lot for the actresses that I know in my age bracket.”
Tale as old as time. But Phoebe Dynevor, like Reese, Margot, and Issa before her, says she wants to change that.
“I eventually want to produce. I would like to create the material that I feel is missing. I don’t know when that will be, but it’s a dream of mine,” she said.
In a 2021 interview with Glamour, Dynevor voiced her awe at being cast in the first season of Bridgerton which, at the time, Netflix said was watched by 63 million households. “It’s a big platform,” she said. “We knew people were going to watch it, and we knew it had a fan base in the people who love the books. But to see it blow up like this really, really was unexpected.”
“ When I finally got to see the show, I was like, “Oh, this is good!” she continued. ”But never did we expect it to hit the zeitgeist in a crazy way. We’re so thrilled to bring joy to people at such a difficult time as well. It’s what I love about the show.”