"No, Pull Back A Little Bit": 13 "Bridgerton" Season 3 Behind-The-Scenes Facts About That Carriage Scene

🐝 There are obviously MASSIVE spoilers ahead for Bridgerton Season 3, Part 1! 🐝

It's Bridgerton season, baby! After two years, the show is back with Season 3, which focuses on Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton) as he finally realizes his feelings for Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan).

Close-up of a scene with Colin and Penelope about to kiss

The friends-to-lovers story between Colin and Pen is so juicy, and it all culminates in the infamous carriage scene from the books, where Colin finally acts on his feelings for Penelope after they shared a kiss a few episodes prior.

Luke Newton and Nicola Coughlan, in period costumes, sit opposite each other in a dimly lit carriage scene from Bridgerton

The carriage scene is one of the moments from Julia Quinn's novel Romancing Mister Bridgerton that fans were eagerly awaiting to see adapted, and Luke, Nicola, and the entire team knocked it out of the park.

So, here are just 13 behind-the-scenes facts about the making of this iconic Bridgerton moment:

1.First, the carriage scene was filmed over the course of three days. Luke said, "There was a different energy on set that day," as everyone was anticipating finally filming such a memorable moment from Julia Quinn's book.

Colin telling Penelope that he prefers to be asleep because then he can dream of her

2.The moment was filmed on one of the many soundstages Bridgerton uses. In order to get the illusion of the carriage moving, a bunch of crew members were simply shaking it from the outside.

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

3.Due to the confines of the carriage, a cameraperson couldn't fit inside the vehicle, so the camera was set up, and then Luke and Nicola were left alone, with the director and crew watching on monitors from outside.

A close-up of Colin getting ready to kiss Penelope in a carriage

4.As a result, while filming the scene, Nicola revealed that she and Luke didn't hear the director yell "cut" at one point, so they just kept making out and going for it. "So [the crew] were all looking at us in the monitors, being like, 'What are they doing? What are they doing?'" she added.

Colin and Penelope kissing in a carriage

5.Nicola said there was a lot of trust between her and Luke during the filming. She said, "We had so much control, we felt really empowered. We knew what points we had to hit, but it didn't feel stilted or choreographed."

Colin and Penelope kissing in a carriage

6.They filmed "multiple versions" of the carriage scene, which allowed Luke and Nicola to play the scene "so many different ways," according to Luke. He added, "Which made it nice to watch it back and see the final editing to find out which take they went with."

Colin and Penelope kissing in a carriage

7.The now-viral moment when Colin fixes Penelope's dress using only certain fingers after touching her was improvised by Luke during filming.

Colin fixing Penelope's dress using only two fingers while she stares at him

8.For Nicola, it was very important for Penelope to give Colin consent to touch her because she wanted to show that just because Pen is a virgin doesn't mean she isn't "aware of her body and where she wants him to touch her."

A close-up of Colin's hand feeling up Penelope's thigh, and the duo then looking at each other

9.Nicola said when she read Romancing Mister Bridgerton years ago, the moment in the carriage scene that always stuck out to her was when Colin and Pen laugh together because it's "really magic because that's true intimacy." She wanted to make sure that came across in the adaptation, too.

Colin asking Penelope if the carriage drive could keep driving, then the duo laughing

10.Nicola revealed she had to be told to tone down the kissing a bit because "Penelope hasn't kissed anyone before," and they wanted to "hold it back a little" for future scenes when Pen is more experienced.

A close-up of Colin and Penelope kissing in a carriage

11.Out of all the songs featured in Season 3, showrunner Jess Brownell said the only one she specifically picked was "Give Me Everything" by Pitbull. After music supervisor Justin Kamps sent Jess a playlist of stringed quartet covers of popular songs, this one immediately stuck out. She said, "The second I heard it, I thought, This is a really sexy adaptation of the song."

Colin and Penelope kissing in a carriage as "Give Me Everything" plays

12.Luke and Nicola said this scene was "big pressure" because they knew how important it was to fans and because it was "early on in the series as well."

A close-up of Penelope feeling Colin's hair and cheek

13.And finally, one of Nicola's favorite moments from the whole sequence is when Colin proposes to Penelope after getting out of the carriage. Luke recalled, "She always says that to me, whenever we've watched it, 'I love that [moment] when you decide [to propose].'"

Colin asking Penelope, "For God's sake, Penelope Featherington. Are you going to marry me or not?"

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Bridgerton Season 3 returns with brand-new episodes on June 13 on Netflix.

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