Jodie Comer: "In regards to my work my life has changed dramatically"

by Michele Manelis June 24, 2020
Acttress Jodie Comer, Golden Globe nominee

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This year’s Golden Globe awards saw Jodie Comer nominated for Best Performance by an Actress TV series Drama for her role as Villanelle in the groundbreaking series, Killing Eve. The same role brought her a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series as well as a BAFTA TV Award last year. Throughout three seasons audiences worldwide have delighted in watching this beloved psychopathic Russian assassin, whose unusual relationship with MI6 operative, Eve, (Sandra Oh) has run the gamut from the usual cat-and-mouse game to one of mutual sexual obsession.

This charming, self-effacing 27-year-old Liverpudlian will also be seen on the big screen later this year in two high profile movies: Free Guy, opposite Ryan Reynolds, in which she plays an avatar, as well as Ridley Scott’s historical drama, The Last Duel, in which she stars opposite Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, who also penned the screenplay (their second effort since their Golden Globe-winning script for Good Will Hunting in 1998). The film is based on the book “The Last Duel: A True Story of Trial by Combat in Medieval France.”

I was on the call when your computer shutdown during our Blue Jeans interview. What are you like with computers and technology in general?

Oh, I went into a complete meltdown when my laptop broke that day! Technology is something that I enjoy, but equally, it terrifies me because of the endless possibilities of where it’s going to take us and the kind of power that we hand to it. Even relying on Google Maps or not understanding something and just going straight to Google, seems so accessible but it kind of makes me very edgy as well. But of course, it’s wonderful when I’ve been spending a lot of time away from home and how incredible Facetime is at keeping people connected.

What do you hope for Villanelle in the future?

I hope that we continue to find new ways of helping her grow. I would like to her feel happy, truthfully happy. I think what she loves in Eve is that Eve has this acceptance of her, I think that is something we got to in this season. And I think she’s fighting with the past and who she is and who she may think she wants to be. I just want to stay truthful to Villanelle and try and keep what people love about her, but also, move her forward and keep it exciting and fresh.

Like the previous seasons, Season 3 didn’t disappoint when it comes to Villanelle’s over the top wardrobe. Do you have any input?

Oh yeah, all the time. I’m brought a lot of options and I go through bales and bales of clothes and mix and match things and try them on and I can see immediately what I love and what I don’t love. I would never put be in something that I don’t like. I also love that Villanelle doesn’t have to be an assassin who wears six-inch heels on all the time. (laughs) I am very grateful for that.

Is there an accent you can’t do?

Oh yeah, absolutely. Welsh I can’t do, Welsh I find really, really hard. Some are definitely easier than others but that is why there are dialect coaches. They are on set reminding me and correcting me along the way.

Is there a method to it when trying a new accent?

Yes. My dialogue coach decided that when we speak to each other we have to speak in that accent for a whole week. So we do it in a very exaggerated way and so when I do the scene, it’s so much easier to tone it down and naturally find a rhythm. And that is usually what we do. A week of being silly and over the top and then we bring it back

You finished shooting Free Guy opposite Ryan Reynolds. What can you tell me about it?

It’s a video game. I play two characters. The girl who I play, Millie, she has an Avatar in the videogame, so I play Millie and I play Molotov Girl. And through her Avatar is how she meets Guy, who is Ryan Reynolds’ character. So she is one character, but the Avatar looks very different, though of course just an extension of her.

This is a big year for you. You’re also starring in the Matt Damon/Ben Affleck movie, The Last Duel, which they wrote with Nicole Holofcener. Your life has obviously changed a lot since the success of Killing Eve.

Yes.

And personally?

Not in any way that is interfering. People are generally very positive and they come from a place of enjoying what you’ve been a part of and that is really rewarding. So, nothing crazy to report. (laughs)

When was the last time you were starstruck?

I met Jennifer Aniston at the Golden Globes when we were all queueing up together and having pictures taken. That was a big moment for me. I think she said my name and I was like, ‘How on earth does Jennifer Aniston know who I am?’ And she was just so lovely, and I was like, ‘Oh, this is so frigging cool!’ That was the last time I was starstruck. But that experience I am holding onto it for the rest of my life.