Even Shonda Rhimes Thinks Bridgerton's Regé-Jean Page Is a Dream Come True

Shonda Rhimes penned a touching tribute to Regé-Jean Page in honor of the Bridgerton actor making the 2021 TIME100 Next list.

By Elyse Dupre Feb 17, 2021 4:33 PMTags
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The Bridgerton star was featured on the 2021 TIME100 Next list and received a touching tribute from Shonda Rhimes. "You might dream of him, the one we call the Duke of Hastings," she wrote for the magazine in a piece published Feb. 17. "But in reality, Regé-Jean Page is finer than fiction and better than any dream." 

The executive producer of the hit show went on to praise Page's talent. "He is that rare actor, one who brings an intensity, an intelligence and a precision to his work, providing endless depth to any scenes," Rhimes continued. "His disappearance into character builds a vibrant world for us to enter, making it impossible to imagine any other actor playing the role. Few actors craft their moments so beautifully—or steal our attention so quickly. As evidenced by his performance in Bridgerton, Regé is a singular talent whose prospects are limitless."

And it looks like his portrayal of Simon Basset is just the beginning. As Rhimes put it, "Today, he may be our duke. By tomorrow… not even I can dream big enough to imagine."

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It certainly has been a busy time for Page. In addition to starring in Netflix's biggest series ever, he was nominated for a SAG Award in the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series category for his work in Bridgerton. He's also been reportedly exploring other projects, with The Hollywood Reporter claiming he just secured a lead role in Paramount's Dungeons & Dragons feature, and is set to host Saturday Night Live this weekend.

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Page wasn't the only star to make TIME's list, which honors individuals who are "shaping the future and defining the next generation of leadership." Other recognized artists included Dua Lipa, John David Washington, Hunter Schafer, Ana de Armas, Florence Pugh, Chloe x Halle, Amanda Gorman, Charli D'Amelio, Olivia Rodrigo and Doja Cat. Seth Meyers, Spike Lee, Zendaya, Garth Brooks, Lena Headey, Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Lopez and Lin-Manuel Miranda were also among the celebrities to pen tributes.