The British-Zimbabwean actor, 31, rose to fame in December after playing the dashing Duke of Hastings in Netflix’s drama about the smoky days.
Along with an army of fans, the role has garnered a Page a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination.
Page opened the episode with a joke about the risky Bridgerton, describing it as “the show that got everyone to turn to their mom and say,” You know what, it doesn’t matter, I don’t think we’ll be watching this together should. “
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Page said fans could associate him with his “smoldering, sensual” character before insisting that “I’m just a normal guy”.
He was then interrupted by SNL stars Aidy Bryant and Ego Nwodim, who pretended to pass out on him.
“I’ve been getting a lot of that energy lately,” said Page. “But you can both relax – I’m nothing like my character, the Duke. I’m actually pretty shy. “
That set off an explosion of romantic music as Page swabbed down the camera.
After Bryant and Nwodim passed out again, Page once again insisted that he and the Duke be completely separated.
He said, “Ladies, I hate to break you, but I’m really just some kind of nerd. I make music, I sing silly little songs. “
Page then broke into a cover of the love song Unchained Melody before Chloe Fineman from SNL arrived dressed as Daphne, his Bridgerton love interest.
After getting more female attention, Page pointed out his other career highlights.
He said, “I’m happy to play Duke, but I’ve been around for a while. I’ve been to roots, I’ve played soaring lawyers. But somehow people just want me to be the guy who says I’m on fire for you. “
At the end of his monologue, Page praised Bridgerton’s diverse cast.
He said, “I am really so happy that this show got connected to so many people during the lockdown. Especially people who don’t normally see themselves as romantic leads on television. “
One of the first sketches Page starred in was about the popularity of Olivia Rodrigo’s number 1 hit, Drivers License.
In a sketch inspired by the seaman’s songs trend on TikTok, Page played the eccentric captain of a whaling ship, while Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny – the episode’s musical guest – appeared as the inept navigator.
Another brought Fineman back as Daphne when SNL poked fun at Bridgerton’s sex scenes.
Two unprofessional intimacy coordinators, played by SNL’s Pete Davidson and Mikey Day, gave inappropriate tips on how to film the intimate scenes.
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