Jodie attended the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards looking flawless as always. I have added high quality images to our gallery.
The Hollywood Reporter-BBC America is further extending its breakout Killing Eve.
The cable network has picked up a fourth season of the thriller starring Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer, several months ahead of its season three premiere. The series is slated for a spring debut.
“How could we not have massive confidence in Killing Eve? It has won big in every major award show and is the highest growing show on U.S. television for six years,” said Sarah Barnett, president, AMC Networks Entertainment Group and AMC Studios. “The reason for this series’ emphatic embrace is the brilliant women who breathed it into being: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Emerald Fennell, Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw and its fairy godmother, executive producer Sally Woodward Gentle. Season three lead writer Suzanne Heathcote takes Eve, Villanelle and Carolyn to places more thrilling, twisted and surprising than ever. Our addicted fans will not be disappointed.”
Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) created the series, based on the Codename Villanelle novellas by Luke Jennings, and oversaw its first season before handing over head writing duties to Fennell for season two. Heathcote (Fear the Walking Dead, Apple’s See) is running season three and, as is now tradition on the show, will pass the reins to another woman for the fourth season. The new showrunner has yet to be named.
I am beyond thrilled that we can continue our extraordinary journey,” said Woodward Gentle. “It is a testament to everyone involved that we have been picked up so early — the magnificent actors, writers, directors and production team. We are extremely lucky to work with such fierce and dedicated people.”
Season one of Killing Eve improved its three-day ratings for every episode on BBC America. The series was simulcast on AMC for season two, leading to another ratings spike — averaging 1.8 million viewers per episode including a week of delayed viewing, up from 960,000 on BBC America alone in season one. It was the biggest season-to-season growth for a returning drama series since the final run of Breaking Bad in 2013.
Joining Oh, Comer and Shaw in the season three cast are Harriet Walter (Succession), Danny Sapani (Harlots), Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones), Camille Cottin (Call My Agent), Steve Pemberton (The League of Gentlemen), Raj Bajaj (A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding), Turlough Convery (Ready Player One), Pedja Bjelac (Harry Potter) and Evgenia Dodina (One Week and a Day).
Sid Gentle Films produces the series for BBC America; it’s financed and distributed by Endeavor Content. Executive producers are Woodward Gentle, Lee Morris, Waller-Bridge, Gina Mingacci, Damon Thomas, Jeff Melvoin, Heathcote and Oh.
Jodie attended the BAFTA Los Angeles Tea Party held at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles in Beverly Hills.
Jodie has been awarded for Female Actor in a Drama Series at the SAG Awards, big congrats!
All of these ladies are fit for a crown – here are your nominees for Female Actor in a Drama Series: #ElisabethMoss, #HelenaBonhamCarter, #JenniferAniston, @jodiecomer, #OliviaColman! #sagawards pic.twitter.com/Fi74o72H7h
— SAG Awards® (@SAGawards) December 11, 2019
Huge congrats to Jodie as she has been nominated for Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series as her portryal as Villanelle in Killing Eve, big congrats Jodie well deserved!
Best Television Series – Drama
“Big Little Lies” (HBO)
“The Crown” (Netflix)
“Killing Eve” (BBC America)
“The Morning Show” (Apple TV Plus)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
Jennifer Aniston (“The Morning Show”)
Olivia Colman (“The Crown”)
Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve”)
Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”)
Reese Witherspoon (“The Morning Show”)
— Killing Eve (@KillingEve) December 9, 2019
Jodie attended New York Comic Con to promote her upcoming movie Free Guy, I’ve added images to our gallery enjoy
It’s not that she didn’t want them to fly in from Liverpool and be there to cheer her on. But Comer had no expectation of winning the bloody trophy and didn’t want them to be disappointed.
“It’s nice to bring your parents to these things,” she says. “But I just said, ‘Oh no, sit this one out. Now’s not my time.’ I’m probably not going to ever live that one down with them, or they’ll be coming to every single thing now!”
Comer won the Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama, beating out contenders Laura Linney, Viola Davis, Robin Wright, Mandy Moore, Emilia Clarke and her “Killing Eve” co-star, Sandra Oh. At 26, Comer is the first Emmy lead actress winner to have been born in the 1990s, and the kudos come after also winning a BAFTA TV Award for the role in May.
Emmy night was a bit of a blur for Comer, but she remembers a few key things, including embracing Oh and getting a cheer from “Killing Eve” creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge before climbing onstage.
“I actually don’t know what I was thinking. I was in a complete state of shock,” Comer says. “During the day I was strangely calm because I didn’t think it would be me. But it also happened so fast. You’re standing in front of all of these people, and you want to say the right thing and don’t want to miss anybody. You want to soak it up, not rush it, and take it all in. I feel like I blabbered on a lot!”
Variety caught up with the rising star the day after her victory, as Comer reflected on the win, what “Killing Eve” has meant to her, the chemistry with co-star Oh that fueled the AMC-BBC America show’s instant success and what’s next (including a feature film with Ryan Reynolds and Taika Waititi).
But first, her family. She’s going to have to make it up to them, but Comer’s not too worried: They were celebrating all night in their Liverpool suburb (the telecast didn’t end until 4 a.m. in the U.K.). “They’d been up drinking and watching it,” says Comer. “They were still up, which I was really impressed by. There were tears; there were screams. They’re just incredibly proud, which means a lot. Just a lot of chaos on the phone!”
Comer, who’s fighting a cold and a hoarse throat at the moment, played it chill on Emmy night, packing it in by 2 a.m.
“I was so tired; it was such a long day,” she says. “I was with my agents and the ‘Killing Eve’ team, and we had a couple of drinks to celebrate, and lots of pizza. Also, my voice isn’t usually like this. I sound a little bit like Marge Simpson.”
The relatively mellow evening was a contrast to that of Waller-Bridge, who went viral the next morning with a photo of herself, cigarette in hand, enjoying the Emmy life deep into the night. But even as the “Killing Eve” creator mused on her own wins (comedy series, comedy writing and comedy lead actress statuettes for “Fleabag”), she took a moment to celebrate Comer’s success.
“I think she’s given a once-in-a-generation performance and she’s a once-in-a-generation actress,” Waller-Bridge told Variety on Emmy night.
At the 2017 event, Comer — a tremendous fan of “Fleabag” — and Waller-Bridge partied hard. Their antics got a bit out of hand, to the point that Comer, when contacted to audition for “Killing Eve,” was nervous, lest Waller-Bridge recall that night with any shame.
“We were both really drunk, until silly o’clock in the morning, and kind of forgot about it,” Comer recalls. “Then months later I got the ‘Killing Eve’ audition. You know when you get the fear when you can’t remember from a hangover, and you’re like, ‘Oh, God, was I doing an embarrassing dance? Did I do something cringey?’ I panicked, but we spoke on the phone, and she was like, ‘We were in the same boat. It’s all good.’”
Comer didn’t have to fret. She brought a performance style and a personality that Waller-Bridge and executive producer Sally Woodward Gentle were looking for in the role: a “chameleon.” Says Gentle: “We didn’t want a puckish ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ type; we wanted someone that you could sit next to on the tube and really have no idea what they had just been doing. [Comer] has the ability to transform, and it feels totally effortless. She’s such an extraordinary talent; she just does it.”
Based on a series of thriller novellas (later compiled as the book “Codename Villanelle”) by U.K. author Luke Jennings, “Killing Eve” is a cat-and-mouse tale of two women who come to depend on one another — while also trying to kill each other. Comer is Villanelle, a Russian assassin who is doggedly pursued by Eve Polastri (Oh), a marginalized MI5 agent who gets her mojo back by chasing the enigmatic killer.
Villanelle murders without remorse and comes with absolutely no filter, which gives the show much of its dry, dark humor. For two seasons, Comer has dived into the role so completely that sometimes viewers are startled when they meet her. And not just because she speaks with a Liverpudlian, rather than Russian, accent.
“They’re surprised that I’m nice,” she says. But she also loves when fans sheepishly admit that they kind of like Villanelle. “I’m like, ‘Good. I like that conflict that you’re experiencing when you’re watching television.’ It’s good to make people feel something, and she definitely seems to do that.”
Comer and the producers have shied away from calling Villanelle a psychopath, but they do characterize her as a person with psychopathic traits. The occasional vulnerability in Villanelle gives Comer even more to work with. Gentle points to a scene in Season 2 when Villanelle kills someone in Amsterdam in the hope that Eve will show up to investigate — then is disappointed when she doesn’t and loses her grip, going on an uncharacteristic bender.
“On set she’s got a really good sense of humor, and she understands what fun this role of Villanelle gives her — the action, the fight sequences, the fact the character doesn’t give a damn about the terrible things she’s doing,” Gentle says. “And she gets that black humor. She completely understands the tone of the show. If you didn’t, it would be a struggle in that role. But she understands there’s an immoral naughtiness at the center.”
Adds Sarah Barnett, AMC Networks president of Entertainment Networks Group/AMC Studios: “Jodie can go from chilling to hilarious to sexy to bored, bratty teenager within five seconds. You can’t take your eyes off of her.”
“She’s given a once-in-a-generation performance and she’s a once-in-a-generation actress.”
PHOEBE WALLER-BRIDGE, “
KILLING EVE” CREATOR
It’s a skill that Comer perfected at a young age, having caught the acting bug when she won a competition at the Liverpool Drama Festival. By 14, she was booking gigs like a part in a BBC Radio 4 play. “My parents would never push me into it,” she says. “I fell into it and had the opportunity to go with an agent, and they were like, ‘Look, if it’s what you want to do.’”
By the time Comer landed the lead in the BBC series “Thirteen” in 2015, she felt she was on an established career path. Then came Starz’s “The White Princess,” followed by “Killing Eve,” which she now considers the “big break.”
Audiences quickly gravitated to the show, which premiered on BBC America in 2018 and received weekly ratings growth right up to its Season 1 finale — the first time any TV show had done that in more than a decade, according to the network. For Season 2, AMC simulcast the series with BBC America, which helped grow it another 87% among total viewers in live-plus-seven ratings.
“We knew we had something special on our hands,” Barnett says. “People couldn’t stop talking about it. Our world has never been more competitive, and BBC America isn’t a huge platform. To watch it catch fire through word of mouth is so rare these days.”
And as viewers revel in the exploits of Villanelle, Comer says she’s having a blast playing the character.
“The fun doesn’t stop with her,” says Comer, who compares Villanelle to a Kinder egg — the chocolate treat with a surprise inside. “Her outer shell is Villanelle. … Inside is the real person,” she says. “As the series goes on, we’re peeling that away and getting to the core of who she is, or her having to face the things she’s pushed down for so long.”
That’s not to say the character is redeemable. “She’s a bad person,” Comer says. “We’re not excusing this person, ever.”
Central to the narrative is the deadly attraction between Villanelle and Eve, which leads to Eve stabbing Villanelle at the end of Season 1 and Villanelle shooting Eve in the Season 2 finale. The magnetism between the two actresses is real, and it was critical to making “Killing Eve” work. Oh was already on board as Eve when Comer came in for a chemistry read — and nailed it.
“They either spark or they don’t,” Gentle says. “They’re very different performers, and in a way that helps. You can get a sense that they’re both looking at each other, realizing that they’re different animals linked by some commonality. Her extraordinary chemistry with Sandra — I know it’s a trite thing to say, but it’s true — it’s a win for both of them. It’s just brilliant.”
Comer says she feels it both on screen and off. “The person who I’ve been alongside for this whole experience has been Sandra,” she says. “Initially these women never spent any time together. But when they did there had to be this electricity.”
Despite competing with Oh for the Emmy (a circumstance they also experienced at the BAFTA and Critics’ Choice awards), Comer dismisses the notion of it being uncomfortable.
“I think people think it’s more awkward than it is,” she says. “I’ve always said I feel incredibly fortunate to be part of a show that has two female leads that are complex and in the same category. It’s pretty special that we’re both in there together. We’re so celebratory of each other, as is the whole crew. There’s no hard feelings.”
“It’s delicious,” Comer says. “To work with Fiona and Sandra and Phoebe, and we have Sally and [executive producer] Gina [Mingacci]: There are so many incredible women — and men — who are a part of this show. But as a young woman within this industry, to be surrounded by these women is incredible.”
Adds Barnett: “It’s a show that really is able to showcase an incredible array of very talented women, from Phoebe as an executive producer to Sandra, who won the Golden Globe this year, to Fiona Shaw getting this amazing platform in the U.S. to now Jodie Comer.”
Production on Season 3 is under way overseas, and two episodes have been shot with new head writer Suzanne Heathcote, who took over for Season 2’s Emerald Fennell (who in turn replaced Waller-Bridge). The changes at the helm would seem to present a challenge to continuity, but Comer takes the shuffle in stride.
“We still have the same tone of the show and everything the show stands for,” she says. “It keeps things fresh. You adapt and you learn. It’s a huge part of the job that I enjoy.”
Shooting was halted during the past week as Comer, Oh and Shaw traveled to the U.S. to attend the Emmys. But with the ceremony over, by Monday everyone was prepping to return and get back to work.
“I can’t tell you anything — I was sworn to secrecy for Season 3,” Comer says. “But what I’m really excited about are the emotions that Eve has stirred up within Villanelle. I think it triggers a lot. There’s still a lot of craziness going on, and Villanelle is up to her old tricks. But I think we’ll definitely see Villanelle in a much deeper sense.”
Next up, Comer will be seen in 2020 in her biggest feature to date, “Free Guy,” an action comedy in which she stars opposite Reynolds and Waititi as two characters: a video-game code writer and “Molotov Girl,” her badass avatar.
“Whatever the challenge is, Jodie attacks it,” says “Free Guy” director Shawn Levy. “She had to do a stunt which involved her descending on a cable rig from 30 feet in the air, and after a couple of takes I said, ‘Are you scared?’ She said, ‘I’m just scared of not doing it great.’ She is a perfectionist. Whether it’s the accent, the physicality, the performance, she wants to be great.”
It was the first time Comer had filmed in the United States, and it required her to spend three months in Boston. Comer says she was overwhelmed by the scale of the production, but Levy is in awe of what she accomplished.
“You’re asking a non-comedic actress to jump into the first studio movie of her life, her first Hollywood big-budget picture, and she’s suddenly doing heavy improvisational comedy with some true maestros,” he says. “She was able to become fluent in that language, which is completely different to dramatic acting, and she was able to master that new language as well. That’s the revelation you’re going to see in ‘Free Guy.’”
With success, Comer is now figuring out how to juggle fame and privacy. She’s on social media but limits her posts mostly to promotional material. “I think there should always be an air of mystery,” she says. “But then also, a huge part of our success is the people who support us, and I think it’s so important to engage in that. It’s about finding that balance.”
Comer says she’s patient about discovering the next challenge, but with an Emmy in hand and a major feature on the way, Hollywood is paying attention. Gentle believes we’re just seeing the beginning of Comer’s rise.
“Within the first week of filming ‘Killing Eve’ Season 1, I knew she was going to be a massive star,” Gentle says. “It’s not just because I know her, but when she’s in a room, you can feel the glow coming off her. She’s going to keep going on and on. I think she’s barely scraped the surface.”
This weekend Jodie attended the 71st Emmy Awards on which she won an Emmy for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role in Killing Eve, well deserved! I have added images to our gallery enjoy
Jodie attended the Bafta Tea Party last night, I have added images to the gallery! Don’t forget about the Emmys tonight, we’re rooting for Jodie!
Jodie Comer became an international star for her portrayal of psychopathic assassin Villanelle in BBC’s Killing Eve – a long way from her pre-fame shifts on the Tesco checkout. As the second series of the hit show airs, Jodie talks to GLAMOUR’s Josh Smith about dealing with fame, and how she slayed her own teenage insecurities to put the sass into assassin
It’s just under 12 months since Jodie Comer burst onto our screens – and into global pop-culture consciousness – as Killing Eve’s super-assassin, Villanelle. The one-woman slaying machine with a Net-A-Porter wardrobe, sexy AF Russian accent and spicy chemistry – both sexual and murderous – with the fellow lead Eve (played by Sandra Oh) made for TV as addictive as Pringles. But most importantly, the character of Villanelle – despite drawing much of her power from some pretty gruesome acts – has, in the hands of Jodie, become one of the most empowering women ever seen on screen.
Cue rave reviews for the 25-year-old, celebrity fans including Anne Hathaway, and a BAFTA TV Award. All of which is even more impressive considering Jodie had zero formal training, and some unfortunate GCSE Drama results. “I got an A* in my practical drama and I got a U in my written,” she laughs, in her thick Scouse twang. “I think my drama teacher made an example of me. You know people who would go home, do their homework, revise? It wasn’t my vibe.”
In fact, Jodie only started acting when her drama teacher put her forward for a BBC Radio 4 play, at the age of 12. Around this time she was expelled from a burgeoning girl group for failing to commit to rehearsals. After hearing Jodie’s rendition of Jamelia’s Superstar during our GLAMOUR shoot, I reckon the band members didn’t know a good thing when they saw it. But that setback didn’t affect Jodie’s career, and she went on to make her TV debut at 15 with guest roles in The Royal and Holby City, along with a stint ‘werking’ the Tesco checkouts, of course.
“I used to have a part time job and the woman [the boss] hated me,” Jodie recalls. “It was Tesco, I worked on the checkout – she just proper had it in for me. I think it was because I was hungover! I had the 10am-4pm shift on the Saturday and then the Sunday 10-4,” she laughs.
But thanks to her star turn as public enemy No1 – AKA the mistress in BBC’s 2015 hit Doctor Foster, she was able to permanently swap her Tesco uniform for red-carpet clobber. And then the *real* big break came at the 2017 BAFTA Awards, when she plucked up the courage (fueled by alcohol) to introduce herself to Fleabag herself, Phoebe Waller Bridge – the writer and producer of Killing Eve.
Despite her epic CV, Jodie remains – à la J-Lo – Jodie from the block. Between filming she still lives at home in Liverpool with her parents (her mother works for Merseytravel and her father is a sports massage therapist for Everton FC), and her younger brother Charlie.
Her friends and family have remained her security blanket throughout the past two years. “My best mate Liv in particular [has been by my side]. She knows everything about me,” Jodie says, citing a friendship that began at St. Julie’s Catholic High School in Liverpool, where she also counted Olympian Katarina Johnson-Thompson as a close pal. “We’ve got a girls’ group chat,” says Jodie. “It’s called ‘Hoes in Different Area Codes’ because we are never in the same place at the same time… so that’s always very lively.”
As a very ‘lively’ Jodie continues, it’s evident that just like Villanelle, you never know what she’s going to say next. “WhatsApp’s got us all by the balls, though! It’s like these are all private chats, but are they though?” Jodie questions before asking me, seriously: “Do you cover your webcam with a sticker? I’m so paranoid! I always have a sticker over it. My first one was an alien but if you peel a sticker off too many times, you can’t use them anymore. So now I have a pink heart that says ‘ladies’ on it.” Jodie has taken tips from Eve’s MI5 handbook, then.
Sisterhood both on and off screen has clearly been a source of comfort to Jodie as she’s navigated her meteoric rise. And, for all the hype, she has battled the same insecurities we have all faced. “In my late teens, I was so insecure about my body. I had a really unhealthy obsession with being thin,” Jodie confides as we wade into the charged topic of body image. “It’s something I struggle to speak about because I can’t really remember it. You know when you have a moment in life where it’s a total blur?
“When I look back at the time, I really lost interest in my acting because I was so obsessed with how I looked. I don’t remember wanting to go to auditions or being passionate about doing it. It’s so hard when you’re a teen. We used to have Piczo and people would have pages of ‘rate the girl’ and they’d have a picture of one girl and a picture of the other and there would be a comment box and you’d have to pick which girl was the fittest. Isn’t that disgusting? It blows my mind.”
However, after witnessing Jodie serve angles even Tyra Banks would be proud of on her GLAMOUR cover shoot, it’s clear that nowadays she’s found her confidence. “I’m extremely lucky that isn’t a thing for me anymore,” she says. “Now I want to feel strong and healthy. To do what I do you need to have stamina and you have so much time in your own head that you really have to. It’s like how people play instruments. Your body is your instrument.”
Jodie’s newly honed zero-BS approach to life is a handy tool when you have Hollywood knocking on your door – she’s currently filming her first feature film Free Guy, opposite Ryan Reynolds. “When I was younger, I was very aware of how I looked and as I got older, I was like. ‘I am not a model, I’m an actress!’ I was succumbing less to the pressures of that kind of world, because I much preferred seeing characters who looked like sh*t or don’t care about it,” she says.
Villanelle might have a life-threatening impact on those around her, but the character has clearly had a more positive transformative impact on Jodie’s life. “I don’t know if it’s through turning 25 or playing Villanelle, but I feel like I’m more honest with myself and with my relationships, work relationships, personal relationships, just everything,” she says. “I find myself being a bit more honest with people. I’m a lot clearer minded. Villanelle just says what she thinks.”
She continues: “When you’re going through your teens and early 20s, everyone is playing games with each other. No one just says how they feel. That’s what I love about Phoebe – she’s so honest and when you’re around someone like that it’s so infectious and attractive when someone says what they feel, and they stand by it. That’s a good quality to have.”
With such women as Phoebe and Sandra at the centre of Killing Eve, the show isn’t just a gripping drama with a side helping of comedy and frothy fashion, it also represents changing attitudes in TV, which are moving towards putting powerful females in lead roles. But as Jodie herself shows, there is as much power in showing your emotions as in wielding an assassin’s knife.
“These women and characters are complex,” she says. “For an actress to play those roles is exciting and challenging and should be available to everyone. It’s the ‘strong’ thing that gets misinterpreted, as actually sometimes there is a strength in being quite vulnerable.”
However, while roles for strong women – flaws and all – are becoming more common, I wonder if she still has to deal with everyday sexism? “Within everyday sexism, it’s hard – there’s the obvious things where you go into an audition room and it’s not very welcoming or you’re met with a certain attitude,” she says.
“But ultimately, I hate people calling me names! You know when someone’s scooting past you on the train and there’s a touch or a name like, ‘Hey darlin!’ I’m like, ‘Urrrgghh! Dude, put it away. Put it on the shelf!’ I’ve just been really lucky with who I’ve been surrounded with, like Sandra, Phoebe and Fiona [Shaw, her Killing Eve co-star]. But even though the show is fronted by women, there are so many men behind it who champion it. It’s always important to not forget that.”
Two other valuable lessons from filming Killing Eve that Jodie won’t forget in a hurry are to chew properly and to possibly invest in some laxatives. “I had a really terrifying moment this series,” Jodie tells me, as my mind whirls with images of potential stunt injuries.
“For one scene I had to eat pasta all day for nine hours and I literally didn’t go to the toilet for two weeks,” she says. “It was the most excruciating pain I’ve been in. It was thick tagliatelle. It was my close up and it slipped down the back of my throat and was stuck,” she reenacts the scene with her hands around her throat.
“I full on couldn’t breathe and the actor in front of me thought I was making a really weird acting face, but I couldn’t breathe. The medic had to come in and I was crying. I loved the fact that of all the things that could have killed Villanelle, it was pasta. That was terrifying. We have a laugh about it now because I’m alive and kicking.”
Killing Eve returns to BBC 1 on Sunday 8 June