"I Just Want to Do a Good Job": Hannah Dodd Opens Up About Joining "Bridgerton"
Hannah Dodd will replace Ruby Stokes in the forthcoming third season of "Bridgerton," stepping into the shoes of Francesca, the third youngest member of the Bridgerton family. In a 30 July interview with TVLine, the actor shared some of her thoughts about taking on the role. "I'm so excited," Dodd told the outlet. "Everybody's been so lovely. I just want to do a good job," she said, adding that she has read six of Julia Quinn's eight-book "Brigerton" series, beginning with Francesca's. In the series, Francesca's book is titled "When He Was Wicked."
"I didn't know what I'd got myself in for, but I needed to read that as soon as possible," she said. "It's such a beautiful book and she's such a beautiful character. I can't really believe that I get to play her. I know how people feel about her as well, so I'm going to do my best."
Before Dodd has the chance to star in her own season, she'll appear in the third season, which revolves around Nicola Coughlan's character, Penelope. In the interview, Dodd added that she "really enjoyed Colin and Penelope's story" and is "really looking forward to seeing how that pans out in our version."
Pinning down their Francesca has been a challenge for the "Bridgerton" team. Stokes, the original Francesca, only appeared on screen in the role a few times but is exiting the series to star in the Netflix show "Lockwood & Co." "I love Francesca, but we lost her midway through season two," "Bridgerton" creator and showrunner Chris Van Dusen said to TVLine in March of Stokes's departure. "After exhausting all other options, she unfortunately had to come out due to reasons beyond our control." Francesca's recasting signals that her character will hopefully have more screen time in coming seasons.
With Francesca, Dodd certainly has an interesting character to delve into, especially if she'll be able to star in her own season. Francesca is "a bit of a mystery within her chatty, extroverted family," reads a description released by the series. "Despite her reserved nature, she goes along to get along when it comes to society affairs, fortified with a dry wit and pragmatism that confound the fickle ton yet seem to draw attention when she least desires it." Dodd, who will be taking on the role, is a relative mystery as well — at least for now. Read on to learn more about her.