I love the bal­ance of hu­mour and dark­ness – there are mo­ments which are shock­ing and bru­tal

Fresh from play­ing ‘the other woman’ in hit TV drama Doc­tor Fos­ter, Jodie Comer lands an­other killer role – lit­er­ally

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AC­TRESS Jodie Comer plays a fear­some Rus­sian as­sas­sin in new eight-part spy thriller Killing Eve.

Adapted by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (writer and star of hit BBC3 black com­edy Fleabag) from the books by Luke Jen­nings, Jodie plays a killer co­de­named Vil­lanelle, who is be­ing hunted by MI5 agent Eve (Grey’s Anatomy star San­dra Oh).

Here Jodie, 25, tells us what to ex­pect from the BBC1 se­ries which has al­ready been a hit in the States...

What sort of world will the au­di­ence be en­ter­ing with Killing Eve?

THE se­ries fol­lows Vil­lanelle’s as­sign­ments, with Eve be­com­ing aware of a pos­si­ble link be­tween th­ese kills. Eve and Vil­lanelle’s lives are very, very dif­fer­ent. I feel like when you’re with Eve, it feels like a to­tally dif­fer­ent world to the one that Vil­lanelle is in.

Vil­lanelle is very high-paced, and en­er­getic, and she’s al­ways in some ex­trav­a­gant place, wear­ing ridicu­lously fancy, ec­cen­tric clothes. And she’s pretty much al­ways on her own, she’s a bit of a lone wolf.

What drives Vil­lanelle to do what she does?

I THINK what drives Vil­lanelle is her free­dom. I feel like she’s had very lit­tle free­dom in her life be­fore now.

She lives in Paris in this amaz­ing apart­ment and she gets a kick from do­ing th­ese kills – it ex­cites her and gives her pur­pose.

She’s got con­trol. She does her kills, she gets her money, she spends it on what she likes, and she has no one around her to take that from her, or tell her what to do – she has to­tal free­dom.

She has very lit­tle re­morse, and she’s cool with that.

Do you have any­thing in com­mon with your char­ac­ter?

I’M scared to say yes be­cause she’s so crazy! She likes to spend her money on clothes, and she al­ways seems to be eat­ing, I’m guilty on both counts.

I see her as an ac­tress in many ways be­cause she has so many dif­fer­ent per­sonas, so my way into her was to think of it as an act.

She thrives off be­ing an ac­tress. She speaks so many lan­guages, and of­ten has a set cos­tume or hair depend­ing on her mis­sion, just a to­tally dif­fer­ent life that she morphs into.

How im­por­tant was it to have a strong key team of women be­hind and in front of the cam­era?

IT’S al­ways im­por­tant. I can con­firm that writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge is a to­tal force! I’ve been very lucky in that my past four jobs have all been writ­ten by women or the women have been the lead pro­tag­o­nists, like in Doc­tor Fos­ter.

What’s so amaz­ing with both the lead char­ac­ters (in Killing Eve) is that they can be weak and they are vul­ner­a­ble, and I guess in turn that’s what makes them strong.

We have the pre­con­cep­tion about as­sas­sins on screen, they’re al­ways im­mac­u­late, and they do ev­ery­thing with such ease and pre­ci­sion. And what re­ally at­tracted me to Vil­lanelle was she was a bit messy, a bit slutty, and she had hu­mour.

How has it been work­ing with Kim Bod­nia (from Nordic thriller The Bridge), who plays Vil­lanelle’s han­dler Kon­stantin?

KIM is amaz­ing, he’s got such en­ergy and charm. It was so im­por­tant for Vil­lanelle and Kon­stantin’s re­la­tion­ship to have close­ness and warmth, and we’ve def­i­nitely found that.

And there’s a real depth. Even though this is a work re­la­tion­ship, you can tell that there’s some­thing more un­der­neath all of that. He cares a lot about her, and she cares a lot about him. I think peo­ple will en­joy them to­gether on screen.

Can you tell us any­thing about the mys­te­ri­ous ‘12’?

VIL­LANELLE doesn’t re­ally know an aw­ful lot. She knows that Kon­stantin is the guy who’s in charge of her, and she knows there is some­thing big­ger above him that’s telling him what needs to hap­pen.

She be­comes more aware of this ‘12’ en­tity half­way through the se­ries, and asks Kon­stantin. He tells her she shouldn’t ask any­more, and she should stop there, which she doesn’t be­cause she doesn’t cope very well with be­ing told what to do.

This re­ally be­gins to test their re­la­tion­ship. If we are for­tu­nate enough to be re-com­mis­sioned, then I think that se­ries would def­i­nitely ex­plore who or what the ‘12’ is, which would be nice to know.

What makes Killing Eve unique for you?

WHAT I love is the bal­ance of hu­mour and dark­ness within the se­ries; there is so much hu­mour, but then there are so many mo­ments which are quite shock­ing and bru­tal.

That bal­ance is so hard to get right. And I just think there’s some­thing so

What has been your favourite scene to shoot?

THERE’S a great scene when Vil­lanelle and Eve meet for the first time. Vil­lanelle lets her­self into Eve’s house, and they have a big con­fronta­tion.

That scene was bril­liant to film – our char­ac­ters know so much about each other, and the char­ac­ters are al­ways talk­ing about each other – so for them to fi­nally meet for the first time was a big, big mo­ment.

Vil­lanelle (Jodie Comer) is a woman with lit­tle con­science who de­lights in her deadly work and en­joys spend­ing on a wild life­style and out­ra­geous out­fits

Kon­stantin (Kim Bod­nia) with Vil­lanelle in flam­boy­ant mood

On the trail of a killer – Eve, played by San­dra Oh

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