Actor Regé-Jean Page made his debut in animation Saturday Night Live tonight and used his monologue to prove that “he’s just a normal guy” and nothing like his character from Bridgerton, the brooding Duke of Hastings, Simon Basset. He might have succeeded without his searing interludes which included romantic lines and a close-up of himself drinking wine.
Cast members Aidy Bryant and Ego Nwodim joined Page on stage, admiring him as huge fans of his character and the racy Netflix series.
Asked by Page about their favorite parts of the show, Bryant and Nwodim recited the exact timestamps for all of Simon and Daphne Bridgerton’s sex scenes.
Page assured the women he looked nothing like the Duke before serenading the crowd with a rendition of “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers.
Chloe Fineman then crashed across the stage in a costume very much like Daphne Bridgerton, Page’s lover in Bridgerton.
While Page continued to complain that people identified him as his Bridgerton character, he dropped the Duke’s most famous line, “I burn for you,” to the shouts of the audience.
Page ended his monologue by thanking the fans and shouting “people who normally don’t see themselves and who see themselves as romantic actors on TV.”
Watch his monologue above.