The last time we saw book and film heroine Bridget Jones, she finally settled down. But in a new installment of the series, Jones is back in the dating game.
Well, because—spoiler alert—author Helen Fielding has killed off the beloved Mark Darcy and gives Jones a new adventure as a single mother.
Now she’s fielding questions asking why, and what’s next for Jones in “Mad About the Boy.”
“It was very sad. I had to call up Colin Firth himself and tell him – he was dead,” Fielding says. “His memory lives on in the new book.”
Fielding presents Jones now struggling to be herself and try to meet the standards of a perfect mom—as told by self-help books at least. Fielding reveals she has struggled with this as well, but discovered that it's the real moments that count.
“I think that the bar is pretty high for women, in all sorts of areas, in terms of what you look like, in terms of what you achieve, and in terms of parenting, as well,” she says.
If this latest book does make it to the big screen, Fielding says she’d like to be in the casting room.
“We've got Daniel Cleaver. We’ve got a new love interest, a younger man called Rockster, and yet another love interest, who’s a sort of Bond-like figure called Mr. Wallacher. So there could be a perfect storm of really hot men there.”