Sandra Oh has received endless praise as the titular character on Killing Eve.
As for her co-star Jodie Comer, who plays genius serial killer Villanelle, she has only recently received the public praise she deserves. (She officially received her first BAFTA award for Best Leading Actress this year.)
But Sandra insists that Jodie is the true talent of the show and she could never do what she does. Speaking with Town & Country, she said,
“It’s hugely demanding: There’s the fighting, the accents, the languages. It’s not like a film where you prepare for a year and then you know Russian perfectly. We get new scripts, and she goes, ‘Oh, gotta speak French.’ I’d be very hard-pressed to do some of the things Jodie does. She was born with an uncanny ear, and she just has tremendous innate talent. She travels at light speed.”
As for Jodie, she said she’s been “spoiled” by the job and feels lucky to have so much variety in one character.
“There are so many different faces she has. To be able to explore that all within one character is so rare, and I don’t know if that will ever happen again.”
In a separate interview with Elle, Jodie said that she actually relates quite a bit to Villanelle despite her sociopathic tendencies.
“There were so many moments from scene one, such as when she flicks the ice cream on that six-year-old. I was like, ‘Oh my God, I’ve wanted to do this so many times but I never have.’ I strangely respect it, the dark corners of our minds that we have to bring to the forefront.”
Killing Eve is currently in its second season.