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Killing Eve's Jodie Comer Explains Why We're All Rooting For Villanelle

"This is written by a woman who is different and will say the unsaid, and that's what Villanelle is about"

Jodie Comer's psychotic assassin Villanelle in Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Killing Eve is reversing stereotypes and anti-feminist associations pinned to 'femme fatales' - and it's part of the reason that its left swathes of viewers fans of a violent serial killer.

As the 25-year-old actress points out, Villanelle doesn't sleep her way out of sticky situations, nor does she 'sex her victims to death', or get sexual gratification from her cold-blooded killing. 

'What I loved so much about the script, and one of the rules Phoebe [Waller-Bridge] had was that no matter what - whether or not people may find Villanelle sexy - she's never using it to get out of a bad situation, or to better herself in any way,' Comer told Harper's Bazaar UK. 'And that was a rule that Phoebe continued throughout. It's so refreshing to not have to worry about that.'

But Villanelle will wear her finest designer apparel on her day off, use dark humour to dissipate a bad atmosphere, and if she so fancies, eat an elegant canapé moments before scaling a building as part of another murderous mission. 

All of which makes her refreshingly different, and more human.


These are all reasons why viewers are completely captivated by Villanelle, and - against their better judgement - rooting for her. Comer adds that it's also down to Waller-Bridge's bold and innovative writing, and because we're finally seeing a female villain from a woman's perspective. The 33-year-old Fleabag writer and actress also manages to create the perfect blend of thrilling drama and laugh-out-loud comedy in the eight-part series, which has been made available to watch on iPlayer for the next year.



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