We have some fantastic news today! The Emmy awards were announced and Jodie has been nominated for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Villanelle in Killing Eve Alongside with her two Killing Eve co-stars Sandra Oh was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series alongside Fiona Shaw Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series! and Killing Eve itself was nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, big congrats to Jodie her fellow castmates, and the Killing Eve team! Fingers crossed award season will be in their favor!
Deadline- Production on Season 4 of BBC America’s Killing Eve has been postponed without a clear return date as the show’s complicated European shoot schedule has been hammered by coronavirus.
Deadline can reveal that Sid Gentle Films was originally aiming to get cameras rolling on the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning drama in August, as it has with the past three series. But the company has now abandoned the plans and is yet to set a restart date for later this year.
The main reason for the delay is because Killing Eve is a jigsaw of European location shoots, many of which have been rendered difficult at this time due to the pandemic. Producers are being tight-lipped about where Season 4 will take Villanelle (Jodie Comer) and Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), but past locations include Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bucharest and Tuscany.
There have also been some industry rumors that Oh has been reluctant to fly into Europe to begin shooting, but this was downplayed by a source close to the show. One prominent British drama producer acknowledged, however, that getting Hollywood talent on a plane is not going to be straightforward for anyone right now.
The Killing Eve production delay will almost certainly push back its premiere date in 2021. The show works on a fairly fast turnaround basis, shooting in late summer and through the autumn, before premiering in early April on BBC America.
A spokesman for the show said: “Killing Eve shoots across multiple European locations. Due to the uncertainty of the world as a result of Covid-19, no shooting schedules for Killing Eve season four have been locked in at this point and there are various scenarios in play.”
Killing Eve has been in the headlines in recent weeks. Writer Kayleigh Llewellyn tweeted a picture of the show’s all-white writers’ room, prompting a social media pile-on over the show’s lack of diversity. Oh herself has also talked about her experiences of working in the UK. “Sometimes it would be me and 75 white people and I have not come from that,” she said. “The development of people behind the camera is very slow in the UK.
Hi folks, sorry for the delay I was having host issues. I have added Screencaptures and Promotional Images of Jodie’s performance in Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads “Her Big Chance”. Jodie was incredible as always amazing for her to do another role! I hope you enjoy viewing the photos in our gallery.
Glamour– Jodie Comer is the most talented actress of her generation and she has the receipts – or rather the accolades – to prove it. An Emmy award and a BAFTA award (she’s been nominated three times) are perhaps her most notable pieces of hardware, but her greatest achievement of all is that in a world where artifice rules, Jodie is a real queen of authenticity. That’s right, Jodie is even better in real life.
WATCH: Jodie Comer reveals the classism she has experienced in auditions due to her Liverpool accent and dealing with imposter syndrome
As Jodie prepares to star in Talking Heads – a new BBC reimagining of Alan Bennett’s monologues – where she plays an ambitious 1980s actress by the name of Lesley, she joins Josh Smith for the latest episode of GLAMOUR UNFILTERED, our bi-weekly chat show. Here Jodie talks about dealing with classist feedback in auditions because of her strong Liverpool accent, audition fails, building her self-esteem and putting her, “big girl pants on,” and why she never wants to be anyone’s milky cup of tea. Well Jodie, you are exactly our cup of tea…
Your episode of Talking Heads is a 45 minutes tour de force in acting from you…
It was so hard! I remember finishing the day and being like, “That is without a doubt the most difficult thing I’ve ever done,” so it’s something I definitely feel proud of.
So, murdering multiple people on screen and learning hundreds of accents for Killing Eve isn’t challenging enough for you, babe?
You know what it was? It was the concentration. I think there was 20 pages of dialogue. Obviously, we shot it within the lockdown with new rules and regulations, less people on set and there was one other person on set with me at any given time. The set was deadly, deadly silent and usually sets are so chaotic. Everyone’s just running around, trying to do what they need to do last minute before the camera turns over. This time it was like tumbleweed. Then obviously you’re looking down the barrel of the lens, which you’re also told, “Pretend the cameras not there.” To get a bit loosey-goosey, it just took a little bit of time.
This is meant to be Lesley’s big break in Talking Heads. Throughout your career has there been a time when you felt like something was going to be your big break, and you were like, “This is it, honeys,” and then it didn’t happen?
God, do you know what? I don’t think I have. I think for me what I always realised was with each role that I did, I always learned something new. I feel like they all mount up together. I feel like they all make up to that big, big break. Obviously, Killing Eve was huge. I think I’m more of the pessimist. I’m always a bit like, “No one’s going to like it! Oh God!” You worry more, I think, than going, “Well, this is it, guys. I’ve made it!” It’s more like, “Oh my God. Everyone’s going to hate it. Then I’m never going to work again,” which always, of course, is silly.
Of course, you do things, and you put so much into them. Not everything lands well, it’s not like everything you do is a roaring success and that’s okay. But I think as long as you go into something with integrity and you know the reasons you’re doing it and why you believe in it, it doesn’t matter if it’s a bit of a flop because you have stuck by your convictions. Whereas I think if you get into something for the wrong reasons, and then it doesn’t go well, then you’ve got to answer to yourself. I think actually that’s the hardest part, if you don’t kind of stay true to you and what you believe in.
What is your relationship with your self-critic like?
Oh my God! Well, up and down. It’s funny, and I think with myself critic with work, I’m better with dealing with that kind of critique of myself because I feel confident in what I do, I believe in what I do and I trust my strengths. Whereas if it’s something more personable, like your self-esteem or what people think of you or reading things online that aren’t true or those kinds of things, it’s harder for me to kind of put my big girl pants on and be like, “No, that isn’t right,” or, “That doesn’t make sense.” It just depends. It also depends on the time of the month, Josh, to be quite honest with you!
So, here’s some good news for the culture-starved. Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads – the playwright’s hilarious and heartbreaking monologues from the ’80s and ’90s (and stalwarts of A Level and GSCE exam papers) – are returning to BBC primetime. Remade in the middle of lockdown with a new, all-star lineup, they will land on iPlayer on 23 June before being rolled out piecemeal on BBC One in the coming weeks. With socially-distanced crews and actors doing their own hair and make-up (monologues are the ideal Covid set-up, aren’t they?), 10 of Bennett’s seminal dozen were re-filmed last month with the likes of Kristin Scott Thomas, Harriet Walter, Lucian Msamati, Martin Freeman and Imelda Staunton. (He has even penned two new instalments for Sarah Lancashire and Monica Dolan.)
Then there’s Jodie Comer. When the call came, the nascent superstar, famed for Killing Eve (and her recent British Vogue cover), found herself at home with her family and a suddenly wide-open schedule, having had to down tools on Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel, which she had been filming in France alongside Adam Driver and Matt Damon. She jumped at the chance, especially when she found out Josie Rourke (former head of the Donmar Warehouse) would direct her. Though it turned out to be anything but easy. “This is, without a doubt, the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” says Comer.
For 40 sublime minutes, the award-winning Scouser plays aspirant, ’80s actress Lesley in Her Big Chance. Delivered straight into the camera lens in a series of wincingly funny, breath-catchingly sad vignettes, she relays the tale of our somewhat delusional heroine’s sudden and unlikely casting in a film that slowly reveals itself to be a soft porn piece, “for the West German market”. Julie Walters did Lesley first time around, to iconic effect. “I watched the first minute of it then switched it off,” says Comer of trying to watch the earlier version, scared to drift too close. And it worked. Comer has brought all her dazzling, own-brand pathos to what is sure to be one of the most talked-about slices of TV of the year.
Naturally, we have a Zoom to talk everything from Bennett to what she’s planning to wear to the socially-distanced TV BAFTAs next month. Dialling in ahead of her daily pilates session (remote, naturally), the 27-year-old is at home and in good spirits, with her shaken out hair at maximum volume, to say nothing of some excellent minimalist athleisurewear.
So, first things first. Did you actually have to do your own make-up?
“Yes! It was fun actually. We tried to make sure it had the ’80s feel while being a little more stripped back. I was a bit worried, as sometimes when you’re getting your last hair and make-up checks on set, that’s your little quiet minute to get in the zone. So I was worried that doing it myself, being self-conscious in that way – making sure I looked okay – would be a bit distracting for getting into character. But I made it all part of Lesley. We did a smoky eye.”
Is it true you only had three weeks to learn it all?
“It all happened very quickly, which means I couldn’t overthink it too much at least. I got the email from my agent and within a few days me and Josie were rehearsing on Skype in the mornings. Then we shot it in a day and there was only one person on set with me at any given time. It was completely silent apart from me talking. All day down the barrel of the lens.”
Are you good at learning lines?
“Well, I like to think I generally am [laughs]. But with a text that big it’s so much more difficult.”
Forty minutes of non-stop, very precise script delivery. Ouch…
“The challenge was we shot every scene in just one take. If ever I fluffed a line, I had to take a deep breath and go back to the beginning.”
What was the most number of takes you had to do?
“Scene three, when she’s waiting to go on set. It was four or five-o-clock in the afternoon by that point.”
Three takes? Five?
“[Laughing] Definitely more like that, yes. Just missing a word! The crew were very patient.”
Has it made you want to do theatre?
“I would love to do theatre! It terrifies me, the thought of it. Because I haven’t been to drama school – though of course I have my process – I’ve always thought I was lacking a little bit in detail. But working with Josie was incredible. We ripped the script apart and she helped me bring to life so many things beyond the page.”
So when might we see you on stage?
“Don’t get me wrong, I’ve gone for so many theatre auditions [in the past] and been told that I’m not experienced enough. I wouldn’t say it was malicious, but maybe there was a little bit of a snobbery there. And the insecurity with me is that I’m not theatre trained. I’ve always been waiting for the perfect moment. I actually got sent an amazing play which I’m probably not allowed to talk about…”
Did you call Alan Bennett before you took on Lesley?
“I didn’t. I was too nervous. Josie spoke to him and said, ‘He said if you want to call him and ask him any questions, he’s happy to do that.’ But I was so terrified to do it justice and said I wouldn’t because of nerves. But I definitely would love to now. Once they’ve been out and he’s seen them, I would love to ring him and say thank you for trusting me.”
It is laugh-out-loud funny. What line from it makes you giggle most?
“There are so many good bits. It’s all the mundane little parts that make me really laugh. I love the bit where she just goes: ‘When the phone went telling me I got the part I assumed it was Simon, so I said, ‘Hello Simon!’ He said: ‘Try Nigel.’ So I said, ‘Well Nigel….’”
And the line that breaks your heart?
“Whenever I get to the last paragraph and she just says: ‘Acting is giving.’ I always want to cry. That final paragraph is so emotional for me.”
What has lockdown meant for the next series of Killing Eve?
“They were planning to go on time, but with everything shut down you can’t do location scouting and things like that, so everything is very much up in the air. I was halfway through The Last Duel, and we don’t have very much left on that.”
How’s the quiet life?
“Yeah, it’s good. I’m up in Liverpool. Obviously I’m itching to get back to some sort of normal. Now when I have to leave the house for something it feels like the biggest thing ever. I’ve been watching a lot of telly.”
“Ozark, each season gets stronger and stronger. It’s incredible how they continue to keep raising the bar.”
Noted. And congratulations on the third BAFTA nomination for Killing Eve next month. How do you think the socially-distanced ceremony is going to work?
“I guess like this… on a Zoom! [Laughs] And what’s the dress code?”
Have they given any guidance?
“Not yet. But it might be quite nice. I might just do a flashy top and wear my pyjamas on the bottom. That way I can say I wore my pyjamas to the BAFTAs.”
Talking Heads will be available on BBC iPlayer from 23 June and Jodie’s monologue, Her Last Chance, will air on BBC One on 29 June at 8:45pm
The BBC has released first-look images of the cast of Talking Heads, a coronavirus-inspired reimagining of Alan Bennett’s BAFTA-winning series of dramatic monologues.
Killing Eve actress Jodie Comer, Sherlock star Martin Freeman and the soon-to-be star of The Crown Imelda Staunton are among those attached to the project, which premieres June 23 before the full series is dropped on iPlayer.
The 12-part season was produced by the London Theatre Company on ready-made sets at Elstree Studios. Kristin Scott Thomas, Maxine Peake, Rochenda Sandall and Lucian Msamati are also among the cast for the monologues, which center on themes including death, isolation and illness.
Talking Heads is produced by Nicholas Hytner and Kevin Loader for London Theatre Company, and co-produced by Steve Clark Hall. Executive producers are Nick Starr and Anthony Jones for London Theatre Company, and Piers Wenger for the BBC.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts will be holding a live q&a tomorrow at 6 pm on their Facebook with the cast of Killing Eve, Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, and Fiona Shaw. Below you can find the link to join
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