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Ruffling feathers—in the best way!
Bridgerton star Nicola Coughlan just dropped a major secret about the beloved Netflix show. The 34-year-old actress, who plays Penelope Featherington and—spoiler alert—Lady Whistledown, took to Twitter on Saturday, Feb. 20 to share a fun fact about her first scene.
"Ok I'm just curious," she began her post, "has anyone spotted the massive Easter Egg about Penelope in the very first scene of Bridgerton?"
Many of her followers guessed Nicola was referring to the mysterious bee that shows up in one of the episodes, while others thought she was hinting at how the Featherington household is featured first.
One follower hit the nail on the head, responding, "The quill?" to which the actress replied, "Ding Ding Ding!!"
Nicola then quote tweeted the correct answer and wrote, "When I filmed Penelope's first scene I chose a prop, a massive massive feather that looked a lot like… 'The quill.'"
During the season one finale, it's revealed that Nicola has been Lady Whistledown this whole time. So, her feathery accessory in the first scene is a cheeky nod to her alias. But of course, this isn't the only delicious detail from the hit Netflix series.
Take a look at 15 of the biggest secrets and other Easter eggs from Bridgerton's first season in our gallery below.
Netflix/Shutterstock1. Beyoncé Helped Inspire Queen Charlotte's Look
Produced by Shonda Rhimes, the multitalented mastermind behind shows like Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder, Bridgerton has been celebrated for its diverse casting. For instance, on the show, Guyanese-British actress Golda Rosheuvel plays Queen Charlotte of England, who was a real person. Some historians believe the wife of King George III was a descendant of a Portuguese royal family with African ancestry, according to PBS.
"When I researched Queen Charlotte and found out that she was of African descent, it gave me so much more scope to create her beautiful looks," the show's makeup and hair designer Marc Pilcher told Vogue. "I used the silhouettes of the period but in a celebration of her ethnicity, I used locks, braids and Afro-textured styles. Her giant Afro was in the shape of a Gainsborough wig, but influenced by Beyoncé as Foxxy Cleopatra in Austin Powers in Goldmember."
Pilcher echoed his comments to Essence, saying, "I was picking through some images and then I saw Beyoncé Knowles in Austin Powers Goldmember and that's when I thought, 'That's what I want.' I wanted the biggest afro someone had ever seen. That wig in particular was actually four or five wigs all placed together. So we had the wigs for the ringlets and then the we bought afros and then straightened them out and reset them on curls sticks and brushed them through so that we would get the best volume of afro, then sewed them on top of each other just to get that beautiful shape."
Netflix2. Lady Danbury Helped Create Her Signature Look
"Lady Danbury has a walking cane with her at all times," actress Adjoa Andoh, who plays Lady Danbury, told New African magazine. "If you look at Regency men of that period, they would always have a cane and a hat. For me, the fact that she's a widow meant that I wanted her to embody some of the masculine within her feminine. In a way to reflect the particular position of wealth and power that she had within a society that didn't allow a woman a huge amount of freedom. So, I requested a hat, I love a hat!"
Netflix/Getty Images3. Elizabeth Taylor Helped Inspire Lady Featherington's Colorful Style
"At the first fitting of Lady Featherington (Polly Walker), I noticed that her outfits were heavily influenced by the 1950s, so rather than giving her straightforward Regency hair and makeup, I looked at pictures of Elizabeth Taylor and Deborah Kerr," Pilcher told Vogue, "and amalgamated a 1950s look with a Regency silhouette."