Elise     April 14, 2018     No Comments

VF — The first time Jodie Comer met Phoebe Waller-Bridge wasn’t when she auditioned for a role on her BBC America show Killing Eve, but rather months before, at a party for the BAFTAs. It was hours into the night—the glamour was coming undone, the booze was flowing, and Comer and Waller-Bridge were both drunk and making frothy party chatter.

I didn’t know nottin’ about Killing Eve,” Comer recalls in her thick Liverpudlian accent. “Then my audition came along and I was like”—her voice drops into a dramatic whisper—“Oh my God, I was so drunk that night. This is really awkward.

Comer, who previously starred in the mini-series The White Princess and Thirteen, was up for the role of Villanelle, a sociopathic Russian assassin who taunts an M.I.5 agent (the titular Eve, played by Sandra Oh) and carries out kills all over Europe. She got the part about a week after her second audition and immediately set about building the character with Waller-Bridge, who cheerfully remembered her from that drunken BAFTAs night. The two sat down at a restaurant and worked on Villanelle’s timeline: where was she born? Who is her family? Why does she live by herself in Paris? Why does she kill?

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Comer is slightly tickled by the prospect that people in the real world might be afraid of her, thinking of the violent Villanelle when they see her out and about. But she also hopes that people secretly root for the bad girl with a broken past. “It’s hard not to like her a little bit, I hope,” she says. “I’ll be interested to see the reaction to her because, essentially, she is a villain—but is she?

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Elise     April 14, 2018     No Comments

Backstage — Answering a work call on vacation can ruin a getaway. In Jodie Comer’s case, it meant cutting a family trip to Barcelona short when she picked up the phone to learn she was needed in Los Angeles for a callback—immediately.

That interruption led to another call, one that meant her vacation availability for the foreseeable future would be greatly diminished: She had landed the role of Villanelle, a mercurial assassin on the upcoming “Killing Eve,” a BBC America series from “Fleabag” creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

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What I love about Villanelle is that she’s so many characters in one. She puts on these different personas, so sometimes it was like playing different people intertwined,” Comer says over lunch at the Crosby Hotel in New York City. And while climbing the drainpipe of a Tuscan estate house and speaking Italian and French—plus English with a Russian accent—was not easy, the role provided access points for the British talent: “She reminded me of an actress; that’s how I approached her,” she says. “She sees dressing up, the languages and everything, as a challenge. She will take so much time in making sure a persona she’s putting on is perfect for what she needs to do.

Comer brings a duality to Villanelle that allows her to stand out in one scene and intentionally blend in in another. “I wanted her to be someone you could walk past in the street and not notice, because that is the truth of it—you shouldn’t be able to pick someone like her out,” she says.

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Elise     January 24, 2018     No Comments

Back on January 12, Jodie attended the 2018 Winter TCA Tour to promote “Killing Eve“. During the panel, she was joined by executive producer Sally Woodward Gentle, writer/showrunner/executive producer Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and fellow actors Sandra Oh, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, and Fiona Shaw. Overall, more than 25 high-quality images have been added to our gallery.


Elise     June 5, 2017     No Comments

MONROWE – In STARZ’s new original series, “The White Princess,” 24-year-old actress Jodie Comer inhabits a world of corsets, arranged marriages, and monarchies. But Comer doesn’t want to stay there forever. She refuses to be categorized and hopes to continue to surprise her audience as she jumps from genre to genre. MONROWE took the time to speak with Comer about her successful television career, her jump to the silver screen, and her hopes for the future.

You’ve recently been nominated for a BAFTA for your role in “Thirteen.” What was it like to get in the headspace of a character like Ivy? I’m always drawn to darker material. I don’t know why, but just find it quite fascinating. I think for Ivy, she was such a complex character. In my head, I was like, “Oh God, no matter what performance I do, I’m never ever going to be able to fully imagine what this experience must be like.” So I knew it was really going to kind of test me in that way. What I thought was amazing about “Thirteen” was that you never really got the gory details. A lot of it is left to the imagination.

Was there any specific method of preparation that you would use before a take to transport yourself into that type of tormented psyche? I’m quite good at kind of flipping in between the two. Sometimes you just joke around and jump into it, but then other times I just go off and sit on my own and put my headphones in. For each job, I’ll have a kind of music that I’m drawn to that I feel relates to the piece or makes me feel like that character would listen to it.

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Jumping to your work now in “The White Princess.” It’s quite a leap, content-wise, from “Thirteen,” so what was it like transitioning from playing a woman like Ivy, who had half of her life stolen from her, to then playing Lizzie, who definitely has her life planned for her but finds her own strength within that? It was amazing! That is definitely something that I want to continue to do in my work, to go from one extreme to the next. Well, not extreme — but now I’m really hungry to do something quite modern and gritty; I think it’s good to challenge yourself, and keep it fresh, and to surprise people. I never want to be pigeonholed.

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Elise     May 14, 2017     No Comments

The Guardian – Jodie Comer admits her reaction to her Bafta nomination probably wasn’t like anyone else’s. “This is so uncool, but I wear a brace in bed and when I heard the news I basically threw my brace out and started shouting, ‘Mum, Mum’ and she came rushing up the stairs panicking. When I told her she just said: ‘Oh. My. God.’. It’s funny because you think you’re going to act in a certain way, like tears streaming down your face, but I was more stunned.”
The 24-year-old Liverpudlian has had quite a year with eye-catching parts in Rillington Place and Doctor Foster, but it’s her performance as Ivy, the secretive heroine of Thirteen, BBC3’s unsettling story of abduction, that drew the big plaudits. She found out she’d got the part just before going to Glastonbury “which gave me even more reason to celebrate”.

Next up is the lead in Philippa Gregory’s The White Princess and the second series of Doctor Foster plus England is Mine, a film about Morrissey’s early life. “I love films where one minute you’re crying and the next laughing. They’re the best.”

Favourite current TV show: I loved Last Man on Earth, it’s so bizarre.
TV idol: I always say Julie Walters but I feel I should give her a day off so Siobhan Finneran because I worked with her and she was wonderful.
Guilty pleasure: I’m really awful about Real Housewives – I was in LA last year and actually took a picture of Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurant.