Rege-Jean Page worked out at 5am every day to prepare for his Bridgerton romps.
The actor stars as Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings, in the hit Netflix period drama and has revealed that he was put through his paces by a strict personal trainer at the crack of dawn each day, in order to build up his strength for all the "physical activity" between his character and Phoebe Dynevor's alter ego, Daphne Bridgerton.
"There's a lot of physical activity involved, so I was on the full Rocky regime for it. I was up at 5am every day, going to the gym, meeting my trainer," he told Britain's The Sun newspaper.
"He was horrible to me for an hour and a half every morning before the day started. I got my strength up just from surviving him. Luckily, the pretentious actor in me could justify that, because I always start building a character from what their physical language is. But you are also serving the audience in a genre that is about fantasy and glamour."