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The actress who plays Queen Charlotte on "Bridgerton" wants to find Lady Whistledown in season two.
The anonymous gossip columnist escapes Charlotte's plot to unmask her at the end of season one.
"The Queen and Eloise have to get together ... and find out who Whistledown is," Rosheuvel told Insider.
Warning: This article contains major spoilers for season one of "Bridgerton."
Queen Charlotte and Eloise Bridgerton may rub elbows as members of the British upper crust on "Bridgerton," Netflix's buzzy new series, but their outlooks on a woman's life in London's early 19th century social scene are far from the same.
One is a well-respected royal at the top of the social ladder, finding entertainment in the highly competitive marriage market. Meanwhile, the other is a young woman who feels powerless in her fate, preferring to have her nose in a book rather than wear feathers in her hair or twirl around ballrooms with potential suitors.
Still, the two are brought together on season one of "Bridgerton" by their covert hunt for Lady Whistledown, the town's anonymous gossip columnist responsible for breaking up proposals left and right.
After Eloise (Claudia Jessie) fails to deliver a clear culprit for the society papers to the Queen (Golda Rosheuvel) under her strict time constraints, the royal takes matters into her own hands and hires a professional team to track down Whistledown. By the end of the season, neither Charlotte nor Eloise has successfully unmasked the writer.
Before news broke that Netflix officially renewed the Shonda Rhimes-produced series for a second season, Rosheuvel told Insider that she "would love to see" the unlikely duo join forces again.
"If [creator] Chris Van Dusen comes to me and says, 'Golda, what would you like to see in the second season if we have a second season?' I would say, 'The Queen and Eloise have to get together and form an alliance and find out who Whistledown is,'" the actress said.
It's unlikely that Rosheuvel's Queen will back down from her mission to identify the writer, especially after the scribe omitted coverage of Charlotte's society luncheon in the town papers.
And we've already seen just how persistent the Queen is: She nearly forced her nephew, Prince Friedrich, to win Daphne Bridgerton's hand in marriage although it was clear to everyone in the ton that the eldest Bridgerton daughter was in love with the Duke of Hastings.
"I think it's the intrigue of meeting her match. I think she's intrigued by this woman who has the audacity to tread on the Queen's toes, basically," Rosheuvel said. "I think there's a lot of joy in that for Queen Charlotte because she loves a little bit of gossip."
On "Bridgerton," Charlotte has a large appetite for the salacious stories floating around London. Many times, she's the one fueling the conversation.
From forecasting Daphne as the season's Incomparable, meaning the one woman every suitor in the ton should consider for marriage, to orchestrating an engagement between the eldest Bridgerton daughter and the Duke of Hastings, the royal exercises powerful influence over who's who (and who ends up with who) each social season. Because Charlotte is accustomed to being the "queen bee of gossip," Rosheuvel said Whistledown throws her off course.
Still, the actress doesn't think Charlotte hates the writer, who viewers discover is Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) in the season one finale. Instead, she thinks Whistledown provides a new exciting challenge for the Queen.
"To then have this hooded figure, this mysterious woman who was essentially the first Okay! and Hello Magazine of its time, I think she's thrilled because it will occupy her," Rosheuvel told Insider, adding, "The game is on."
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