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'Bridgerton' Star Hilariously Explains That Odd Costume Choice

By Kaleena Rivera | TV | May 22, 2024 |

By Kaleena Rivera | TV | May 22, 2024 |


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While I’m having a good time watching the new season of Bridgerton, the PR blitz has been just as entertaining, with leads Nicola Coughlan (who’s having a well-deserved moment) and Luke Newton popping up everywhere. Along for the ride is Claudia Jesse, the actor who plays Eloise, who is also doing her due diligence on the media circuit, bringing a hilarious ‘mildly drunk dinner guest’ energy—this is intended to be a compliment—to each venue.

When viewers aren’t discussing the steamier aspects of the show, they can usually be found discussing the fashion, with one very out-of-season accessory catching a few eyes. On her recent visit to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jesse explains why she was “elbow-deep in summer muff” (saucy, ma’am), which turns out to have been a quick-thinking costume improvisation when Jesse badly injured herself on set (for those short on time, jump to 2:26 for the story):

I’m not sure what impresses me more: her storytelling, her ability to laugh at herself, or that mind-bending ‘muted’ sound she makes at the 4:01 mark, which genuinely fooled me for a second into thinking the sound on my phone was acting up. What I do know is that even though the period romance has been good to her, someone needs to cast Claudia Jesse into a comedy ASAP.

Kaleena Rivera is the TV Editor for Pajiba. She can be found on Bluesky here.