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'Far far away from them!' Dame Julie Andrews addresses divide with Bridgerton co-stars
Bridgerton.The Sound Of Music star is known for spilling secrets as the anonymous gossip writer in the series, but her biggest one is kept behind the scenes.The acclaimed actress stopped by the Today show on Wednesday to discuss her role in the Netflix drama, revealing that while she is the voice behind the series, she's yet to actually meet any of her co-stars — and instead just watches them on television like the rest of the show's fans."You know I've never met the company in person," Andrews told co-host, Hoda Kotb. "Of course, I see them on the show sometimes. But I do all my recording far far away from them."Bridgerton premiered on Netflix in 2020.The Regency-era romantic drama, which is the streaming platform's most-watched original series to date, follows the lives of esteemed families of the British high society and their romantic pursuits through the lens of mysterious gossip columnist, Lady Whistledown. Jonathan Bailey and Simone Ashley are among its robust cast of stars.Created by Chris Van Dusen, produced by Shonda Rhimes and based on author Julia Quinn's book series, the show is as popular for its juicy storylines as it is for its scenic locations."I think it's gorgeous looking, and they're all wonderful in it and they're lovely people to work with," Andrews shared on Today when asked what she thinks of the series. "Shonda Rhimes and the whole gang down, they're terrific.
Hollywood elite signs pledge to control on-screen gun violence
signed a pledge promising to portray guns in a responsible way onscreen.A batch of writers, actors, producers and directors — including Jimmy Kimmel, Mark Ruffalo and Amy Schumer — have endorsed an agreement titled #ShowYourSafety for Brady United.The organization is a gun-safety lobby launched in 1981 after Jim Brady, Ronald Reagan’s White House Press Secretary, was shot by a gunman who was attempting to assassinate the former president.“Hollywood has modeled positive culture change before: Seatbelt use, smoking, teen pregnancy, marriage equality,” the company explained on its website Monday. “Now, as America’s gun violence epidemic worsens, is the time to undertake a responsibility in storytelling depicting firearms and gun safety.”Other A-listers who notarized their signature include Debbie Allen, Judd Apatow, Betsy Beers, Adam Brody, Shonda Rhimes, Adam McKay, Liz Tigelaar, Chris Van Dusen, Krista Vernoff, Julianne Moore and many more.The petition does not ask Hollywood to rid of guns and gun violence on TV and film completely, but for creatives to be “mindful” of onscreen weapons and how they are depicted.The pledge implored “America’s storytellers” to entertain audiences, but also to “acknowledge that stories have the power to effect change.”“Guns are prominently featured in TV and movies in every corner of the globe, but only America has a gun violence epidemic,” the memo went on.