"Bridgerton" Star Simone Ashley Defended Nicola Coughlan Against Body-Shaming In The Most Perfect Way

Whether or not you're a Bridgerton head, you know that Nicola Coughlan is thee moment right now — and, if we're being really real, she has been for a while.

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Nicola's true star turn in the Netflix hit's third season has everyone talking — and, because people are just awful sometimes, not all the talk has been very cool to witness.

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In the last several weeks alone, Nicola has brilliantly clapped back at a reporter who made a backhanded comment about her body — and she's also had to refute rumors that her waist was photoshopped in the most recent season.

Nicola Coughlan at a red carpet event, wearing an off-shoulder, sequined gown with sheer details and long velvet gloves
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The discourse around Nicola's body, as ever, is quite stupid, misogynistic, and utterly useless — but Bridgerton costar Simone Ashley's got her back.

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During a recent press conference (via People), Simone gave her take on all the nonsense chatter — and, surprise surprise, she is not here for it.

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"Yeah, the haters are going to hate, and I think we can all relate to that, but I really don't think that she's allowing that to bother her," she said about her costar.

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"She has a strong and fruitful career and entire life ahead of her. And I really believe in her, as the world does as well."

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"I think Nicola is just absolutely flying," Simone continued. "She is a gorgeous, strong, confident, intelligent woman, seeing her do this press tour and spread so much joy and inspiration to everyone — especially women — all over the world."

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"And I'm inspired by her as well. She's also a really kind human being, and I think that's such a universal language that people can relate to."

Simone Ashley in a sleeveless dress with cowboy boots stands next to Nicola Coughlan in a belted trench dress holding a black handbag; both are smiling
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Hear! Hear!