Bridgerton’s Charithra Chandran shares fun behind-the-scenes snaps from filming

Bridgerton’s Charithra Chandran shared fun behind-the-scenes snaps from filming on Thursday.

The actress, 25, – who played Edwin Sharma – took to her Instagram Story to give fans a glimpse of life on set with her co-stars, sharing a playful group shot of the whole cast and another where she posed with her makeup team.

In another she pulled a funny pout as she posted a snap of her behind the camera while wearing one of her classic pink corset-style dresses.

Cute!  Bridgerton's Charithra Chandran shared fun behind-the-scenes snaps from filming on Thursday, including this one of her with her makeup team

Cute! Bridgerton’s Charithra Chandran shared fun behind-the-scenes snaps from filming on Thursday, including this one of her with her makeup team

In another she shared a shot of the Queen – played by Golda Rosheuvel – as she stood in a purple dressing gown and her elaborate wig posing with a painting of herself.

For a separate shot she beamed next to Colin Bridgerton actress Luke Newton as they both wrapped up warm in padded coat in between takes.

She also shared a sweet picture with Anthony Head who plays a minor role in the second series, as they both did a cute thumbs up.

Star: The actress, 25, - who played Edwin Sharma - took to her Instagram Story to give fans a glimpse of life on set with her co-stars, sharing a playful group shot of the whole cast

Star: The actress, 25, – who played Edwin Sharma – took to her Instagram Story to give fans a glimpse of life on set with her co-stars, sharing a playful group shot of the whole cast

It comes after earlier this week Charithra candidly detailed her experiences facing colorism growing up, and how it has become a ‘lifelong struggle’, as she graced the cover of Teen Vogue.

Bridgerton has been lauded for its representation and its introduction of the Sharma family, and the decision to cast two dark-skinned leads – Charithra and her on-screen sister Simone Ashley – has been praised.

However, Charithra admits to struggling with the color of her skin growing up, finding the experience ‘really traumatising’.

Speaking to the publication, she said: ‘No one let me forget that I was dark-skinned growing up. My grandma was very light-skinned. Whenever we’d go around in India, they’d always say, “Oh, you’d be pretty if you had your grandmother’s coloring.” “Shame about the color of her skin.” “She’s pretty for being dark-skinned.” All of these comments, all the time.

Pals: For a separate shot she beamed next to Colin Bridgerton actress Luke Newton as they both wrapped up warm in padded coat in between takes

Pals: For a separate shot she beamed next to Colin Bridgerton actress Luke Newton as they both wrapped up warm in padded coat in between takes

‘My grandparents — I don’t hold this against them at all, they were trying to make my life easier — I wouldn’t be allowed to play outside. I’d have to play early in the morning or in the evening [to avoid the sun].’

The actress confessed that she finds colourism in some ways ‘more painful because it feels like a betrayal of your own’.

Charithra is aware of the power that she has now and the positive influence she can use, but confesses to still feeling the societal pressures to look a certain way.

She continued: ‘When the sun is shining and I tan, my instinct is like, “oh f**k, I tanned.” I’m trying to unlearn it. It’s going to be a lifelong struggle.

On set: In another she shared a shot of the Queen - played by Golda Rosheuvel - as she stood in a purple dressing gown and her elaborate wig posing with a painting of herself

On set: In another she shared a shot of the Queen – played by Golda Rosheuvel – as she stood in a purple dressing gown and her elaborate wig posing with a painting of herself

‘Or like when I’m editing a photo for Instagram, of course the temptations are there, because for most of my life I’ve been taught that that’s what is beautiful. It’s really, really traumatizing. I just desperately don’t want that for my cousins. I just pray, pray, pray that it’s not like that for them.’

Speaking to Bustle this week about her experience on the Regency drama, Charithra revealed that she also feels ‘self inflicted’ pressure to positively represent her community.

She added: ‘I do feel the pressure of representing my community, and for the show being a success. But no one is putting that on me. It’s entirely self-inflicted.’

Charithra went on to speak about Simone, 27, who plays Kate Sharma. She said: ‘I had a scene partner who is not only another woman of color, but who’s also from the same part of India as me.

Having a laugh: In another she pulled a funny pout as she posted a snap of her behind the camera while wearing one of her classic pink corset-style dresses

Having a laugh: In another she pulled a funny pout as she posted a snap of her behind the camera while wearing one of her classic pink corset-style dresses

Happy!  She also shared a sweet picture with Anthony Head who plays a minor role in the second series, as they both did a cute thumbs up

Happy! She also shared a sweet picture with Anthony Head who plays a minor role in the second series, as they both did a cute thumbs up

‘There’s a negligible chance of that happening, but it did, so it’s super exciting.’

Adapted from The Viscount Who Loved Me, the new season focuses on Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) and his search to find a wife.

But in true Bridgerton fashion, ‘a considerable scandal’ is promised to ensue when he gets caught up in a love triangle with two sisters, played by Charithra and Simone.

Speaking about working with Jonathan, Charithra said: ‘Jonny is so generous. He sent me a ‘good luck’ message on Instagram before my chemistry read with him. He didn’t need to do that, but he knew how daunting it can be, and he just wanted to assure me that everyone was rooting for me.

She continued: ‘I knew from that moment that we would get along… Not to be a pretentious ar*ehole, but acting is reacting, and Jonny gives you a lot to react to.’

‘A lot of the directors would say, “Where’s my diamond?” I enjoyed that. It made me feel special: it’s quite the ego boost.’

Charithra had a career in law before diving into acting and admitted she knows her current lifestyle isn’t ‘reality’.

The Alex Rider star said: ‘I’m aware my lifestyle is not reality at the moment. And I don’t want to start thinking it is. My support network actually do live real lives. So it is important for me to maintain those friendships, away from the industry.’ You have to be a bit of ad*ckhead to believe you’re going to be famous. I just don’t believe people will recognize me.’

One to watch: The actress has skyrocketed to fame in recent months after playing the role of Edwina Sharma on the hit Netflix show

One to watch: The actress has skyrocketed to fame in recent months after playing the role of Edwina Sharma on the hit Netflix show

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