I Genuinely Can't Watch The Mirror Scene From "Bridgerton" The Same Way Again After Reading These Facts From Filming

🐝 There are obviously MASSIVE spoilers ahead for Bridgerton Season 3! 🐝

It's officially Bridgerton season, and frankly, I have thought about nothing else for weeks. This new season focused on Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton) finally realizing his feelings for Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan).

Penelope telling Colin that she would very much like to be more than friends

Their friends-to-lovers story has been so incredible to watch, with Part 1 of the season focusing on them finally acting on their feelings, notably in the carriage scene. And then, Part 2 centered on Colin finding out Pen's Lady Whistledown secret and how it impacts their relationship leading up to and after their wedding.

Nicola Coughlan in bridal gown and veil gazes at Luke Newton in period costume during a wedding scene

However, before we got to the angst, Episode 5, titled "Tick Tock," included another sexy and highly-anticipated scene from Julia Quinn's novel Romancing Mister Bridgerton: the mirror scene.

Nicola Coughlan and Luke Newton in period costumes, standing in a vintage room, portraying characters from the TV show "Bridgerton"

Like the carriage scene, the mirror scene is another moment between Colin and Penelope from the book, where Colin tells her, "I want to do it in front of a mirror," but then they determine to do it "later." Now, the series actually shows the intimate moment.


So, here are just 15 behind-the-scenes facts about the making of this iconic Bridgerton moment:

1.First, speaking about bringing the mirror scene to life in the series, as opposed to it just being alluded to in the book, showrunner Jess Brownell said she and the writers knew fans loved the line and they "wanted to honor it."

Nicola Coughlan, in an elegant historic gown, stands in front of a mirror with Luke Newton behind her in a period drama scene

2.Both Luke and Nicola worked extensively with the show's intimacy coordinator, Lizzy Talbot, leading up to their sex scenes, most notably the mirror scene. "You go, OK, what do I want to show? What don't I want to show? What's scripted, and what do I want to add?" Nicola told Stylist.

Colin caressing Penelope's neck as they stand in front of a mirror

Nicola added, "I specifically asked for certain lines and moments to be included."


3.For the scene, Nicola said she asked to be "very naked on camera." She elaborated, telling Stylist, "That was my idea, my choice. It just felt like the biggest 'fuck you' to all the conversation surrounding my body; it was amazingly empowering."

Nicola Coughlan in a scene from "Bridgerton," lying on a chaise lounge, partially covered with a blanket, looking up at a standing figure

4.In fact, both Luke and Nicola "decided entirely" what they wanted to show on camera during the mirror scene. Nicola explained they had "a lot of say" in how the scene was filmed, and they decided they wanted to undress in front of the mirror.

Colin telling Penelope to "Lie dow" after he's undressed her

5.Prior to filming, the Bridgerton costume department sent Nicola a piece of intimacy wear, which was basically a "strapless thong that would cover the bare essentials," to try on. Nicola told the LA Times she had a margarita and "summoned the liquid courage" to try it on for the first time.

Close-up of boots standing next to a woman's legs and clothes on the floor. Colin embraces a worried-looking Penelope in a dimly lit room

She continued, saying, "I went to the bathroom and looked in the full-length mirror. I was like, 'Absolutely not.' I hid it down the bottom of the laundry basket. I was like, 'How am I going to do this?'"


6.Meanwhile, Luke explained he was wearing a "cup, bag-shaped thing" for his intimacy wear, and he knew Nicola would laugh the first time she saw him in it. So before filming, he asked if it was okay to show her, and they "had a little giggle" off screen.

Nicola Coughlan and Luke Newton in intimate scenes in "Bridgeton"

7.The Bridgerton team filmed the mirror scene over three days, with the first day centered on Penelope undressing in front of Colin. Luke said he was focused on "supporting Nic" during that first day to make sure she was "comfortable on set and in that environment."

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Luke added,

8.Luke and Nicola were very comfortable with each other while filming their sex scenes, with Nicola telling the LA Times, "By the end of the day, we were both lying under a blanket, not clothed, just chillin'."

Nicola Coughlan and Luke Newton in "Bridgerton" lying on a chaise lounge during an intimate scene

She hilariously added, "We were like, 'This is why nudists do it.'"


9.Nicola and Luke notably broke the chaise lounge where the sex scene takes place. Luke recalled to Vanity Fair, "Our director at the time took a step back and said, 'Right. Let’s just mix it up, this take, and let’s really sort of go for this one. Let’s up the energy basically, and up the stakes.' Then I think we were maybe 20 seconds in, and one of the legs just completely snapped off."

10.After the chaise lounge was broken, the production team had to devise a way to prop it up while they finished filming. So, they used several apple boxes and other stuff to "secure" the furniture.

Luke Newton and Nicola Coughlan lie on a chaise lounge in a romantic, dramatic scene from TV series "Bridgerton." They are partially covered with  fabric

11.Nicola had to have two wigs while filming the steamy mirror scene in Bridgerton. She explained to Capital FM, "I had to have two wigs, that's how sexy that scene is."

She continued, saying,

She continued, saying, "I couldn't have the same wig because it would get messed up too much."


12.Luke said the "awkward moment" when preparing for the mirror scene was when his makeup artist "came into [his] trailer to tan [his] full body." Due to how much of Luke's body is seen on screen, all he was wearing while getting spray-tanned was a cup.

He continued, telling Capital FM,

13.Nicola said her favorite line from Romancing Mister Bridgerton was always when Pen tells Colin, "Do I look a mess?" and he responds with, "But you're my mess." The exact quotes made it into Season 3 during the mirror scene.

In a Cameo posted to TikTok, Nicola added,

14.Showrunner Jess Brownell explained that setting Colin and Penelope's first big intimacy scene around the mirror helped the series lean into the theme for the season: which version of yourself you present to the world vs. who you really are on the inside.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Jess elaborated, saying,

15.And finally, given the timeline of events, showrunner Jess Brownell said the mirror scene is when Colin and Penelope conceived their baby boy, who is present in the final scene of the season.

Nicola Coughlan in period costume holds a baby in her arms while Polly Walker and another woman interact with them

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All episodes of Bridgerton Season 3 are streaming now on Netflix.

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