Sometimes, things sound just too good to be true.

Where? Nicola Coughlan was cast as Penelope Featherington in the TV adaptation of Julia Quinn‘s Bridgerton series, she was cautiously optimistic. She said, “I ought to have been like, ‘This is incredible,’” The New York Times about the role. Instead, I thought, “This is fishy. This is all I know.

According to Nicola’s mother, she was apprehensive about her son. NYTShe said that she had worked with many actors, who were then hired for prestige roles and fired once the studio needed a larger name.

In reality, showrunner Chris Van DusenVan Dusen said that Van Dusen had already praised her to all those involved in the project.

Now, with one season under her belt, Nicola is more confident in her abilities—save for the romantic scenes.