However earlier than Violet can get her groove again, she should reckon with Woman Danbury over each their present dynamic and their shared historical past. (In Queen Charlotte, a youthful Agatha has a quick love affair with Violet’s father, Lord Ledger.) “One factor that’s particular is that she is going to navigate this tentatively as a result of her kids imply the world to her, and in addition her friendship with Woman Danbury means every part to her,” says Gemmell. “She means it when she says that no man will ever come between our friendship. However she’s simply seen two of her kids marry, and it’s been like having a mirror put up in entrance of her—seeing the void that Edmund left is as current because it ever was, and that she needs to really feel alive once more. And Daniel is only a delight and so pretty. It’s been numerous enjoyable getting all shy. I’m having fun with flirting.”

And the way would Gemmell navigate doubtlessly steamy scenes involving Violet and Marcus? “I’m not getting my ass out for anybody—I can inform you that,” the actor says. “I believe I would present an ankle or two. The remaining is within the fingers of the writers, I’m afraid.”

Gemmell says she has but to see a script for the present’s upcoming fourth season, however she’s desperate to reacquaint herself with the Bridgertons’ bustling drawing room. “Properly, it’d be good to see how my flirting goes,” she says. “I’d additionally fairly wish to have my kids all collectively and all the grandchildren. That may be mayhem, however it will be very good.”

That features a now blended household of Bridgertons and Featheringtons, led by Polly Walker’s Portia. All through the season, these matriarchs stand in stark distinction on the subject of the best way they strategy their kids’s future happiness. Whereas Violet encourages Colin to hunt “ardour, pleasure, a love that’s thrilling,” Portia decries her daughter’s hopelessly romantic sensibilities: “Oh, don’t inform me you’re holding out for love,” she whines. Whereas Gemmell admits that their unified household dynamic may get “sophisticated,” she’s hopeful that Violet and Portia can sometime see eye to eye.

“I ought to think about that Violet completely understands. She will’t determine with it, however she understands the necessity that Portia has to behave the best way she has as a result of she wasn’t in a loving marriage,” says Gemmell. “She has needed to battle to place her kids the place they’re.”

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Polly Walker as Woman Portia Featherington and Ruth Gemmell as Woman Violet Bridgerton in Bridgerton.LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX

That stage of compassion additionally extends to the third season’s reveal of Penelope as Woman Whistledown. Within the season finale, Violet receives a letter from her new daughter-in-law outlining her secret, however viewers aren’t aware of her fast response—the one Nicola Coughlan herself has stated she was most nervous to see. Gemmell says that Violet can typically view Woman Whistledown as “a gossipmonger,” however “alternatively, she completely thinks the world of Penelope, and the truth that this girl has managed to navigate that every one for herself shall be extraordinary. She’ll be finally proud however fairly shocked.”

As proof of this unconditional acceptance, Gemmell factors to one of many season’s deleted scenes, “a really tiny a part of the engagement occasion the place Violet says, ‘I believe Portia’s being nervous concerning the marriage [between Colin and Penelope].’ [Portia] was fairly nervous about not attending to the marriage, and Violet’s simply saying, ‘We’re household now.’ That’s essential to Violet, and it’s necessary to Violet that Penelope is aware of that—that it’s one household now. Violet will do something to take care of her household, whoever it’s.”