• Nicola Coughlan is heating up 'Bridgerton'
  • She has new steamy scenes she is very excited about
  • THIS is how Nicola breaks down her new-found liberation

In the latest season of Netflix's smash hit 'Bridgerton,' Nicola Coughlan, known for her role in 'Derry Girls,' steps into the limelight with a bold and empowering decision that's got everyone talking! Now she is embracing a new side of herself and it's all thanks to the groundbreaking show.

A Creative Force to Be Reckoned With

As "Penelope Featherington" takes center stage in her romantic escapade with "Colin Bridgerton", played by Luke Newton, Coughlan not only heats up the screen but also takes a stand in a move that's both controversial and critically acclaimed.

Coughlan's involvement went beyond her performance. She worked closely with the series' intimacy coordinator, Lizzy Talbot, to ensure that her vision for Penelope's character came to life, especially in the more intimate scenes. "I specifically asked for certain lines and moments to be included," Coughlan revealed, highlighting her commitment to authenticity and empowerment.

One scene, in particular, has sparked a significant conversation. Coughlan decided to bare it all, a choice she describes as "amazingly empowering." She candidly shared this:

"There’s one scene where I’m very naked on camera, and that was my idea, my choice. It just felt like the biggest ‘f--- you’ to all the conversation surrounding my body; it was amazingly empowering," she said.

"I felt beautiful in the moment, and I thought: ‘When I’m 80, I want to look back on this and remember how f---ing hot I looked!'"

The Intimacy Feels Real

Coughlan said she feels "great" about the nudity in the season "because not only did I consent to it but I drove it." This daring move wasn't just about the shock value; it was about owning her beauty and strength in a moment of vulnerability.

Both Coughlan and Newton have praised the new season's approach to their characters' intimacy, emphasizing its grounded and realistic portrayal.

"It feels very grounded in two people that are not trying to sort of, that they're awkward in front of one another, this and that, and all of a sudden they become like Lotharios in the bedroom and whatever, they get to be intimate together in a very real and beautiful way, and I think that's what makes it so affecting." 

"In those intimate moments, they find moments to laugh and you see them figuring it out and doing it together, and I love it," she added.

Newton also joked that "you can't really prepare for stripping down naked in front of your friends," but he knew that fans had been patiently awaiting the love story between their characters. "I think there's always been that underlying sort of question mark with these two characters," he said.

"And people have obviously wanted them to get to the point that we're getting to now, so I guess it was always in the back of our minds."

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With the first half of 'Bridgerton' Season 3 already captivating audiences since its premiere on May 16, and part 2 eagerly awaited on June 13, fans are in for a treat.

Coughlan and Newton's performances, combined with their off-screen insights, promise a season filled with authenticity, empowerment, and, of course, romance.