Bridgerton as kate sharma
During the Regency era in England, eight close-knit siblings of the powerful Bridgerton family attempt to find love.
Sex Education as olivia
A teenage boy with a sex therapist mother teams up with a high school classmate to set up an underground sex therapy clinic at school.
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Welcome to Captivating Simone Ashley, your newest and largest source for up and coming actress Simone Ashley. I hope you all enjoy the site and stick around for future updates. Currently, our site has almost 3k pictures and screencaps of Simone and will continue growing as her career does. I want to give a huge shout out to TheOtherMissBridgerton over on tumblr who has done so much work in tracking down many of Simone’s modeling photos, and without whom, we likely wouldn’t have as many pretty things to look at.
In other exciting news, season 3 of Sex Education will be premiering on September 17, 2021.
Roxy talks to actress Simone Ashley about her upbringing, life, and acting career. Simone can be currently seen as Olivia in ‘Sex Education’ on Netflix.
Published March 21, 2019
If you’ve watched the hit Netflix show — Sex Education, it’s hard not to notice the standout South-Asian actress in the series, Simone Ashley!
The highly relatable dramedy centers around a group of teens as they attempt to navigate the occasional awkward world of sexuality and young adulthood.
Ashley plays the role of Olivia one of the members of Moordale Secondary School ‘s infamous group known as, “The Untouchables.” It was the first time we saw a character of South Asian heritage depicted as the hot, popular, mean student in school, rather than the stereotypical caricatures we are used to seeing desi youth portray — a refreshing and hopefully new normal for the industry.
We had the pleasure of chatting with Ashley about her journey as an actress, her experience on Sex Education and just getting to know her all around! Check out our exclusive Q&A with Simone Ashley below!
What inspired your journey into acting?
allows me to be spontaneous and play – I guess it’s something I’ve always wanted to pursue, and didn’t think twice about it. My father has always been deeply passionate about music, film and photography. Growing up the record player was always playing rock n roll tunes, or Bob Marley, and the TV always had epic movies on, like Kill Bill. It’s a bit ironic, I grew up in a household full of Indian academics, y know, the doctors, the engineers, the accountants – it’s pretty cliche! I was never a budding academic, and always thrived in creative fields.
How did your family feel about you pursuing a non-traditional career path (i.e. doctor, lawyer, engineer)?
As an actress of South Asian heritage, what has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced in the industry?
So I try not to even think twice about any challenges that might come along due to my heritage. I say ‘Yes I can’ and see what happens. And usually that mentality breeds positive, bright and beaming opportunity. It won’t be a ‘challenge’ for very long, the world is changing.
What is your favorite part about playing Olivia on Sex Education?
You’re having a traditional Desi dinner party — What dishes are a must for a perfect meal?
Who were your favorite music artists growing up and who are you listening to now?
What advice would you give to the next generation of Desi youth who want to pursue acting?
There is a lyric from the Indian musical movie ‘Lagaan’ that says: “Koi raah mein na thaam jaawe, chale chalo Toot gayi jo ungli utthi Paanchon mili to ban gaye mutthi Eka badhta hi jaawe Chale chalo, chale chalo”
Which translated to English means: “May no one halt in the road, come. The accusing finger upon us has been broken because we five have come together like a fist May our unity only grow Come, let us move on”
So my advice in a nutshell would be: Be a fighter! Be a wolf! If you want to do it, then go do it. Don’t let anyone stop you or tell you otherwise.
Published on July 2, 2019