Entertainment TV Comedian London Hughes Says She 'Had an Asthma Attack' Before Kissing Former Costar Regé-Jean Page "I had to kiss him and I never had an on-camera kiss before," London Hughes said of Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page By Dory Jackson Dory Jackson Instagram Twitter Website Dory Jackson is an Associate Editor for PEOPLE's digital TV team. While at the brand, she's had the opportunity to interview a long list of celebrities, from Kate Hudson to Pierce Brosnan to Billy Porter. She also recaps popular TV shows like The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules.The New York-based Maryland native graduated from Randolph-Macon College in May 2016 with a focus in Communication Studies and Journalism. She came to PEOPLE in March 2021 after working at a number of major news companies, including Newsweek and Us Weekly. She also previously co-hosted a podcast called "Idol Nation." People Editorial Guidelines Published on May 21, 2021 05:04 PM Share Tweet Pin Email London Hughes has lived out every Bridgerton fans' fantasy. During an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show on Thursday, the British comedian opened up about the time she got to kiss Regé-Jean Page. "He's a really good friend of mine and we actually started out together," Hughes, 31, told host Kelly Clarkson of the Bridgerton alum. "He played my first-ever love interest on a TV show and I had to kiss him, and I'd never had an on-camera kiss before. So I had an asthma attack and he helped me." "To calm me down, he was like, 'We should just kiss beforehand.' And I was like, 'Okay, okay. I'm sure if we must kiss beforehand.' So, we had practice kisses before the main kiss on-camera. But then the main kiss on-camera got canceled, so I kissed him for free," Hughes added, noting that it was a "great" experience. As Clarkson explained that she "could never" be an actor because she'd have to kiss people while not knowing their "mouths have been," Hughes joked: "I'm happy to open my mouth to kiss [Regé-Jean]. It wasn't hard work at all. I was happy to do that." Celebs Get Really, Really Honest About Their Best (and Worst) On-Screen Kisses London Hughes/Instagram Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. London Hughes/Instagram After all these years later, Hughes said that she has still remained close to the 31-year-old Sylvie's Love actor. "We're still friends and Bridgerton came out the same time as my special. We both had billboards on Sunset Boulevard in [Hollywood] at the same time," she said. "We messaged each other, like, 'I'm so proud of you' and I'm like, 'Mate, I'm so proud of you.' Now, it's so surreal seeing your friend go from, like, great actor to now great actor and hunk of the world." Hughes added: "It's crazy. I'm so proud of him!" Bridgerton's Phoebe Dynevor Talks About the 'Sexual Evolution' of Her and Regé-Jean Page's Characters Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversal/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Earlier this year, Hughes told Glamour that she worked with Page on a "sitcom in the U.K that never got made." As she recalled what a "good kisser" Page is, she also weighed in on his steamy sex scenes with former costar Phoebe Dynevor. "Seeing him do sex scenes … he's a friend of mine, so I never saw him in that light. But I don't know if it was the pandemic or whatever, because I know him, but seeing those scenes brought out something in me that was not previously there before," Hughes said in January. "So, yes, the duke and duchess' scenes in Bridgerton are currently my favorite sex scenes, because I've had experience."