Regé-Jean Page made his Saturday Night Live hosting debut this weekend, where he was joined by musical guest Bad Bunny.
The actor rose to fame following his portrayal of Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings in Bridgerton, which has been officially dubbed the most successful series to launch on Netflix.
In his opening monologue, the 31-year-old said: “You probably recognize me from Bridgerton, the show that made everyone turn to their moms and say, ‘You know what? Never mind I don’t think we should watch this together.'”
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“It’s a bit of a racy show. And because of that, people may associate me being this smoldering, sexual smoke show. But I assure you, I’m just a regular guy,” he insisted.
“Ladies, I hate to break it to you but I’m actually kind of a nerd. I nerd out on music, I sing silly little songs,” Regé-Jean said before breaking into song.
“I’m happy to play the Duke, I’ve been around for a while though. I was in Roots, I’ve played high-flying lawyers. Yet somehow, people just want me to be this guy who says: ‘I burn for you.’”
Praising Bridgerton’s diverse cast, the actor said: “I am genuinely so happy this show has connected with so many people during lockdown. Especially people who don’t normally get to see themselves as romantic leads on television.”
Set in 19th century London, the period drama follows eight close-knit siblings of the powerful Bridgerton family, as they attempt to find love.
The show is narrated by Julie Andrews as anonymous writer Lady Whistledown, who’s regular column details the most scandalous gossip in the world of Regency London high society.
The hit show has been picked up for a second season, with Netflix confirming the news last month.