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Jodie said playing a cold-blooded assassin like Villanelle inspired her to be a more risk-taker in real life – and learn to understand what makes the character famous.
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Actress Jodie Comer loves playing the assassin Villanelle because it teaches her to “don’t care” about what other people think.
Jodie will return to our screens for the fourth and final series of New Year’s Eve Killing at the end of this month.
The award-winning actress admits she owes her career credit to the film – and says playing the charismatic but cold-blooded Villanelle not only makes her less self-conscious but also more of a daredevil in life.
The 28-year-old said: “I’m not sure what she stands for but I would definitely say she has changed my life in so many ways…in the work that I can do and in the acting sense.
“I really got goosebumps with her. I think I was extremely self-conscious about getting into this process and there was something about playing her that I had to get rid of.
“I had to be daring and I had to be a little fearless and that was certainly distilled through my own life, for which I am very grateful.
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“She has some very bad qualities but there’s so much about her that I want to honor – the kind of lack of care what people think and just letting her be herself is something that I really carry. .”
The Liverpool-born star said she feels the consequences of the pandemic make the fourth series even more profound.
She said: “We chose Killing Eve in May and to be able to go back and come back to Villanelle was really, very exciting.
“As far as the documentation is concerned, it’s definitely dark because it really confronts a lot of things about what people have been through… still going through.
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“It’s still very current so we really have to handle that story carefully.”
The new series will see the return of Villanelle’s arch-nemesis, MI6 agent Eve Polastri, who is played by 50-year-old Canadian Sandra Oh.
All of the latest episodes are written by Laura Neal, who has taken over as scriptwriter and executive producer from Susanne Heathcote.
Jodie says she loves how Laura has developed the personality of the Russian psycho killer.
She said: “We explored this question, ‘Can she change?’ And what I love about what Laura has done is we actually see Villanelle now put that into action. ”
Jodie marks Killing Eve’s final day of filming as “surreal”.
She said: “The great thing about that day was that Sandra and I experienced it together, it was really special. It must have been overwhelming. ”
Killing Eve will be available on BBC One and iPlayer from 28 February.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/killing-eve-star-jodie-comer-26277840 Killing Eve star Jodie Comer says playing cold-blooded Villanelle changed her life