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Who Is Regé-Jean Page, the Sexy Duke in ‘Bridgerton’?

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If you love a period drama that features longing glances, subtle flirtations, and someone’s mother fussing about marriage eligibility, then Bridgerton is absolutely for you. If you’re also so excited by the sound of Julie Andrews’ voice that, like me and Leslie Knope, you get “too hyper before bedtime,” then Bridgerton is for you. If you like shows with very sexy people playing other very sexy people, then Bridgerton is for you.

This show is full of attractive people, but there is one person in particular who’s really having a moment right now: Regé-Jean Page, who plays Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings, and love interest of London’s most eligible, Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor).

The two have a roller coaster of a relationship. We could get into a deeper analysis (and trust me, I will in a future article). To summarize, Simon and Daphne needed to go to therapy from pretty much the moment they meet. But this is a period drama, and people don’t talk about their problems. Instead, they go to dozens of useless, frivolous balls and focus on filling their dance cards. And we love it.

Simon’s issues aside, Page is definitely an actor to know. He’s the star of Bridgerton, and it’s clear he’s going to have leading-man potential for years to come. Here’s what you need to know about him.

He started acting in childhood so he could buy himself a Gameboy.

Page, who grew up in Zimbabwe and the U.K., told InStyle that he was a “musical, loud, bouncing-around-the-house” kid who started acting so he could afford a Gameboy. In an interview with Netflix’s Queue & A, he said he also wanted to be an explorer when he was young.

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“That was my first idea of what would be a really great thing to do in the world: to discover unknown things and pick around in them and see what you could bring back home to go, ‘Look! The world is bigger than you thought it was,’ he said. “Then I discovered that would involve facing entirely too many very large spiders.”

You’ve definitely seen him in other film and TV projects.

Just last year, he appeared in Sylvie’s Love, a movie about a summer romance between an aspiring TV producer (Tessa Thompson) and a saxophonist (Nnamdi Asomugha), Page plays drummer Chico Sweetney. You might also know him from Shonda Rhimes’s legal drama For the People and the 2016 Roots remake. In the Queue & A interview, Page also said he played the Little Drummer Boy in a school production.

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“I was the Little Drummer Boy in my school’s nativity play, and oh, how I played! Such drums, such playing! I clearly had a career in musical theater ahead of me and somewhere took a left turn and started getting all dour and serious and doing emotionally broken dukes.”

He’s got musical talent.

Page and his brother, Tose, have a musical duo called TUNYA. And you can hear Page’s vocal talents in the short film Don’t Wait, directed by Lanre Malaolu.

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Here’s the description on the website: “Conceived in the midst of the long, hard summer of 2020, Lanre’s visceral choreography meets Regé-Jean’s swooning love song, and re-mixes it into an explosively physical, intensely personal journey—an intimate missive straight from the broken hearts of young Black men—battling through desolation, rage, confusion, and ultimately bruising vulnerability.”

It’s important for him to work on projects that show Black people being happy.

“It’s a relief to make the very easy decision to stop excluding people from our stories,” Page told ELLE.com in December 2020. “It’s not commonly done, but also, there’s no good reason for it not to be done.”

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He also told InStyle that he’s all about taking part in projects that show Black joy, especially in historical fiction, which usually only features white people thriving.

“What happens in culture often is, you go back in time and only white folks are happy,” he says. “And you know what? We’ve all known how to smile since the beginning of time. We’ve all gotten married since the beginning of time. We’ve all had romance, glamour, and splendor. Representing that is incredibly important, because period drama for people who aren’t white shouldn’t mean only spotlighting trauma.”

He adds: “If we’ve endured white Jesus for this long, then folks can endure a Black duke.”

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You’re Pronouncing Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Daughter’s Name Completely Wrong

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Congratulations are in order for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle,who shared yesterday that they’ve welcomed their second child into the world — a daughter named Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.

Born on Friday, June 4 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California, Lili weighed in at 7 lbs 11 oz. Both she and Meghan “are healthy and well.” In an official statement, the two shared that the name was thoughtfully chosen to pay tribute to Harry’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, and grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, whose family nickname is Lilibet.

“She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we’ve felt from across the globe,” Meghan and Harry said in the statement. “Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.”

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Meanwhile, the royal family‘s Twitter account tweeted out: “Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of Lilibet Diana! The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted with the news. Lilibet is Her Majesty’s 11th great-grandchild.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also declared: “We are all delighted by the happy news of the arrival of baby Lili. Congratulations to Harry, Meghan and Archie.”

Whether this is the first time you’ve heard the name Lilibet or you immediately recognized it from watching The Crown, you might be wondering how to say the name correctly.

So, how do you pronounce Lilibet?

Lilibet is pronounced “Lily-bet.” You can hear the proper pronunciation in the Youtube video below:

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According to the Sussexes, Lilibet will go by “Lili.” That said, it’s still good to know how to pronounce Lilibet, especially if an opportunity arises to discuss royal baby facts at the family dinner table.

Congrats again to the happy family of four!

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Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck Are ‘Telling Friends That They’re Together’ as a Couple

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All the reports about Bennifer’s back-on romance aren’t downplaying how serious Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are about dating again, just one month after they were seen publicly hanging for the first time. Entertainment Tonight reports that Affleck and Lopez have defined their relationship and are telling their friends that they’re a couple. This is not some casual fling.

Affleck and Lopez, for context, were originally engaged in the early 2000s. They ultimately called off their engagement for good and went their separate ways in early 2004.

Fast forward to summer 2021, and “J.Lo and Ben are very much a couple and have been telling friends that they’re together,” Entertainment Tonight‘s source said. “When they first reconnected, they had to see if the spark was still there because it had been a while. It was, so now they are both fully in it.”

They aren’t ignoring the past though, the source added: “[They have] talked about the past and why things didn’t work out. They are both hopeful about their relationship this time around and putting the effort in. They have both matured and are on the same page and it has been easy.”

Lopez in particular “is elated and really trusts Ben. Ben is more traditional and low-key in his values and Jen is into that. She likes that they can go on dates and have fun. She also thinks that Ben is extremely smart and has a lot of great input.”

ET’s update comes after People reported last week that the two intend to spend a lot of time together this summer despite being bicoastal. (J.Lo is based in Miami, and Affleck is in L.A.) Lopez and Affleckare discussing summer plans,” People‘s source said. “[They] want to spend as much time together as possible. They also want to take a trip.” Generally, “they are both acting very comfortable in their relationship.”

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Shailene Woodley Revealed She and Aaron Rodgers Moved In Together as Soon as They Started Dating

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Shailene Woodley Revealed She and Aaron Rodgers Moved In Together as Soon as They Started Dating


Shailene Woodley and Aaron Rodgers’ surprise engagement came after a rapid-fire romance that started with the two moving in together, Woodley revealed in a new interview with Shape.

“Starting a relationship where you immediately move in with someone—because it’s a pandemic and you can’t just get on a plane and go back and forth on weekends—taught us a lot about each other very quickly,” she said. “We jumped in headfirst and got some of the sticky bits out of the way early.”

Woodley added that while quarantine helped them get to know each other faster because they weren’t traveling for work as much, “I have the perspective that I would have met Aaron in any context, any space in time, because I feel we were meant to be together.”

Woodley and Rodgers’ exact relationship start date isn’t known. But Rodgers was in a relationship with Danica Patrick until July 2020, and Woodley described herself as single in April 2020.

Their engagement was revealed in February 2021, but Woodley later admitted they had actually been privately engaged for a while before the public found out. “Yes, we are engaged, we are engaged,” she told Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show in late February. “But for us, it’s not new news, you know, so it’s kind of funny, everybody right now is freaking out over it, and we’re like, yeah, we’ve been engaged for a while. Yeah, we got engaged a while ago. It’s been—he’s, first off, just a wonderful, incredible human being, but I never thought I’d be engaged to someone who threw balls [footballs, specifically] for a living. I never thought as a little girl, ‘Yeah. I’m going to marry someone who throws balls, yeah!’ But he’s really just so good at it, and I’m really impressed. He can throw fast balls, he can throw slow balls, high balls, low balls. When I first met him, I think my dog like pulled me aside and was like, ‘If you don’t date this dude, I will disown you as my mother because the three feet that I run with you when you throw a ball is nothing compared to the marathon I’m able to run with him.’”

A source close to Rodgers spoke to People in February about how shocked his friends were about his fast romance with Woodley. “It was a surprise that they got so close so quickly,” the source said. “I mean, it really felt like one day he was with Danica Patrick, and then suddenly he was with Shailene. It happened super fast.”

“It was so fast that at first, we thought she was just a rebound,” the source continued. “There was no way this could be so serious. Everyone thought it was a casual thing because that’s what he was telling everyone, even when it was clearly not a casual thing.

“Now we realize that it was clearly a lot more serious than they told anyone,” the source added. “All this goes to show that this must be a very special relationship for him and for her. So everyone wishes them happiness.”

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