Sex Education and Bridgerton star Simone Ashley leads ELLE's Young Hollywood ...

Sex Education and Bridgerton star Simone Ashley leads ELLE's Young Hollywood ...
Sex Education and Bridgerton star Simone Ashley leads ELLE's Young Hollywood ...

While Simone Ashley rose to fame in her starring on Sex Education, she recalled nearly becoming an 'unemployed actress again' after the raunchy teen drama wrapped production on season three.  

After the popular Netflix show wrapped, she fortuitously received the script for the second season of Bridgerton to reprise her role as Kate Sharma.

Speaking of her character on Shonda Rhimes' historical romance series, the 26-year-old star described Kate as 'really witty' during her interview for  ELLE's Young Hollywood issue.  

Breakout star: While Simone Ashley rose to prominence in her role on Sex Education, she recalled being on the verge becoming an 'unemployed actress again' after the series wrapped

Breakout star: While Simone Ashley rose to prominence in her role on Sex Education, she recalled being on the verge becoming an 'unemployed actress again' after the series wrapped 

While quipping she is 'not really like that' in real life, Ashley went on to say Kate is an 'independent, competitive rule breaker, who comes across as quite strong and brave and has that fighting exterior, but she is also incredibly vulnerable.'  

The English actress also noted she and her on-screen lover, Jonathan Bailey, who plays Anthony Bridgerton, have 'really, really great chemistry.'

Ashley also teased that her character 'really puts her family first' but 'when the stakes of love come with family as well—it's very different.' 

Leading role: Speaking of her character on Shonda Rhimes' historical romance series, the 26-year-old star described Kate as 'really witty' during her interview for ELLE 's Young Hollywood issue

Leading role: Speaking of her character on Shonda Rhimes' historical romance series, the 26-year-old star described Kate as 'really witty' during her interview for ELLE 's Young Hollywood issue

Growing portfolio: Ashley is known for portraying Olivia Hanan on Netflix original series Sex Education

Growing portfolio: Ashley is known for portraying Olivia Hanan on Netflix original series Sex Education

In addition to Ashley, the fashion magazine profiled Demi Singleton and Saniyya Sidney, who play the younger versions of tennis icons Venus and Serena Williams in Will Smith's new biopic, King Richard. 

'Every time you were with him, it was just jokes upon jokes,' Singleton, 14, said. 'You'd laugh until you almost wet yourself.'

Meanwhile, Sidney, also 14, talked about the grueling tennis practices, which left her 'sore and in pain.'   

Onscreen siblings: Demi Singleton and Saniyya Sidney, who play the younger versions of tennis icons Venus and Serena Williams in the biopic, King Richard, made the list

Onscreen siblings: Demi Singleton and Saniyya Sidney, who play the younger versions of tennis icons Venus and Serena Williams in the biopic, King Richard, made the list 

'There were times when it was hard, and I cried,' she admitted. 'But it was definitely fora great reason.'

Both of the teenagers carefully studied videos of the Williams sisters' to portray them as best they could. 

'Both of us now know how to play just like them—' Sidney

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