‘Killing Eve’: How Jodie Comer Found the Honesty in a Lying, Murderous Psychopath

IndieWire | 5/28/2019 | Staff
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Jodie Comer has been working steadily in TV since 2008, but it’s not until she started playing flamboyant assassin Villanelle on the Phoebe Waller-Bridge-created “Killing Eve” that the actress found her true breakout role. Whether she’s wearing a poofy pink dress to therapy or gutting a philanderer while wearing a pig mask, Villanelle balances the cheeky with the creepy, the voguish with the roguish. In short, she’s utterly captivating.

She joins the ranks of other charming yet remorseless psychopaths who get away with the lying, manipulation, and even murder in the pursuit of romantic or sexual partners. On “Killing Eve,” Villanelle believes that she and MI6 agent Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) are destined to be together, and Comer wanted to understand why a psychopath who is incapable of love would seek it out.

Characteristics - Lack - Remorse - Lack - Humanity

“There are these characteristics — the lack of remorse, the lack of humanity in her,” said Comer. “But I think the biggest thing that she wants is connection. She thinks she knows what love is and what feelings are.”

The first scene of Villanelle in the series shows her copying a person’s smile in an ice cream shop to try elicit a reciprocal reaction. She knows that there’s something missing in her, and that leads to seeking out the love she sees that others have. “I think what she recognizes within Eve is this connection with people, this home life, this relationship with her husband Niko (Owen McDonnell),” said Comer. “In an ideal world, Villanelle would like to live happily in a house with her partner and cook dinner.”

Misunderstanding - Nature - Villanelle - Actions - Others

This fundamental misunderstanding of human nature, however, means that Villanelle can only mimic the actions of others in hopes to achieve the same result. Niko makes an excellent shepherd’s pie, and thus Villanelle demands his recipe at knifepoint so she can make...
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