Internet’s current obsession Rege-Jean Page is all set to make his appearance on Saturday Night Live this week.
With his portrayal of the rugged Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings, on the Netflix period drama Bridgerton, the actor who has stolen the nation’s hearts will be seen trying his comedy chops on this week’s SNL, taking sketch comedy’s ultimate challenge.
Joining the 31-year-old Bridgerton heartthrob will be musical guest Bad Bunny, the Puerto Rican rapper, singer, and songwriter.
In advance of his hosting gig, the show posted a clip on Thursday, Feb. 18 of Rege-Jean Page chatting with musical guest Bad Bunny and cast member Melissa Villaseñor.
“Hi, I’m Regé-Jean Page, and I’m hosting SNL with Bad Bunny,” he said about the singer whose real name is Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio.
This led Melissa to reply, “I think I’m going to go by Bad Melissa now.” And Regé-Jean himself added, “Cool, I’m going to go by Regé-Jean Bunny.”
He then turned to Bad Bunny to ask, “What about you?” At that, the “Mia” performer responded, “Bad Bunny’s already cool, so I’m gonna keep it.” The host quickly acknowledged, “Yeah, that’s fair.”
While fans want to know everything about the performer, including details of his love life, the upcoming episode will mark the first appearance on the NBC sketch comedy show for both Page and the “Dakiti” singer.
Rege-Jean Page on 2021 TIME Next List
Along with scoring the prestigious SNL gig, Page recently landed a spot on the 2021 TIME100 Next list after he was catapulted into the spotlight following Bridgerton’s December 2020 debut. The executive producer of the show praised the performance of the actor.
In a tribute published on Wednesday, February 17, Shonda Rhimes, whose production company is behind the major Netflix success said, “You might dream of him, the one we call the Duke of Hastings. But in reality, Regé-Jean Page is finer than fiction and better than any dream.”
She continued, “He is that rare actor, one who brings an intensity, an intelligence and a precision to his work, providing endless depth to any scene. His disappearance into character builds a vibrant world for us to enter, making it impossible to imagine any other actor playing the role.”
In an interview, Page, who describes himself as having been a “musical, loud, bouncing-around-the-house” kid growing up in Zimbabwe and the U.K., said that acting started as a hobby that earned him enough money to afford a Gameboy in his youth.