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Killing Eve-the actors: We don't want to be compared with the male archetype

Already in the first scene promised ”Killing Eve”, which premiered last year, dark humor, subversion and aggression, and shattered stereotypes. A young woman sits at a café in Vienna and eat ice cream: My mind sitting a little girl. They make eye contact. The woman smiling at us made the effort and wipes away a blodstänk at his watch. On the way out pushes she the girl's ice cream in her lap, and continues blasé with a satisfied smile. ”You have no idea who I am,” we hear in the song in the background.

Tv series, which Ridley Scott admire very much and who veteranregissören described as a threat to the film industry, has since become a cultural phenomenon. Word of mouth quickly went hot on the new antihjältinnan Villanelle (Jodie Comer), a at the same time irresistible and despicable assassins that go in the time on the stylish murder when she did not shop until you drop in designer clothes.

Her antagonist, equally complex and talked about, is the easily bored, married, and kvicktänkta MI5 agent Eve (Sandra Oh) who is happy to shout when in danger or when her arms domnar in his sleep. The two, on the surface incompatible, the women attracted to and chasing each other around Europe in a not cat-and-mouse game. But meet rarely.

the season started to be released on HBO, expectations are sky-high. It takes at 30 seconds after the final scene of the first round. The women lay next to each other in bed when Eve stuck a knife in Villanelles stomach.

– Villanelle takes knivhugget as a declaration of love. She interprets it symbolically, the knife penetration is somehow an intimate act, " says a man dressed in black Sandra Oh with turned up voice in a cosy hotel room decorated in oak at Fifth Avenue in New York city. Next to her sits a beguiling charming and soft, Jodie Comer in all-white. They look like a yin and yang pair. Comer adds, with its strong Liverpoolbrytning:

– After knivhugget lose Villanelle their physical control, and are closer to their own mortality. I think that the viewer is now able to get to know her better.

Based on Luke Jennings ”Villanelle”-short stories, the british Phoebe Waller-Bridge (”Fleabag”, 2016-2019) created two female roles that seem to be obsessed with each other. She has called the relationship animalistic and intellectual, skewed and innocent.

"I think," says Comer, that the Villanelle is drawn to Eve because she respects and is fascinated by her life. She wants to have what Eve has. Her normalcy, her love for another man, her home. But it is obviously more complicated than that. Obsession is wasting. What makes the series so exciting is that everyone has their own opinion about it. I love it so much, I don't want to feed the viewer with what they are going to feel.

Sandra Oh as Eve Polastri. Photo: Aimee Spinks/BBCAmerica

as a humorous play with the genre's conventions, but to parody, reinforced by a deadly seductive soundtrack (from Cigarettes After Sex to the Unloved and Pshycotic Beats”).

Phoebe Waller-Bridge has with his tv series " broken borders – the relationship between a hit man and MI5 agent, is innovative. In Jodie Comer, who seems to have appeared from nowhere but who had previously worked with several british tv series, she found a kameleontlik mixture of a restless, childlike, rovlysten rebel under the innocent surface hides a cold brutality.

Sandra Oh is the down-to-earth and instinctive woman, who in middle age go through an uncontrolled awakening. All immersed in a genre that is largely populated by men.

" this is, say, Oh, absolutely no feminist equivalent of a James Bond. We find our own definition and should not be compared with the male archetype. Sure, I can understand why people compare with other things, but we are our own fresh thing.

Canadian Sandra Oh has been waiting for a juicy role after the episode with the ”Sideways” (2004), and ”Grey's anatomy” (2005-2014). Long has she been seen as a role model for the actor with an asian background. Many within the lgbt movement has also praised her, Comer and ”Killing Eve”.

" I think that no one really understood what effect the tv series would get so many different kinds of people. But it is very tricky for us actors to talk about the message or what the series is really about. It is a complex task and not one or the other, "says Oh, and continues:

" Many people can relate to that women's sexuality is fluid. Eve and Villanelle are comfortable with their desires and do what they want. It is attractive. Their sexuality does not come from monthly magazines or what a lot of guys think is sexy.

Sandra Ohs Eve Polastri has been described as smart, open, not very self-conscious and without the pokerface driven by the thrill to discover. She says:

" I think it is extremely challenging to play Eve. I go a lot of therapy to cope with it. For in no way visit Eve new psychological places. She is a normal middle-aged woman who moves against the violent. It extends beyond her own concept of violence, sexuality and power. And in the second season it gets even darker.

Jodie Comer as the Villanelle in ”Killing Eve”. Photo: Aimee Spinks/BBCAmerica

other experience:

– It is quite easy for me to leave the Villanelle after filming. For I release so much through her. What a feeling it is. She is so fun to play and I definitely get kicks out of it. But some days are obviously easier than others. One thing I like is that her sexuality is not discussed. What she is and is not. I think many people enjoy to see her freedom. She is acting out what she feels and expresses herself, but to apologize, " says Comer.

For the british actor, there were however some obstacles to get the Villanelle, with födelsenamnet Oksana Astankova, completely on the spot.

" I can no other language than English. I know, I'm terrible. When I provfilmade they said that the Villanelle came from Russia and spoke several languages. Of course I said yes because I wanted the job. But when I read the script, I realized that they really meant business. I was scared to death. The Russian offense was incredibly difficult, " says Comer.

She were discouraged neither by the physically difficult scenes.

– I get some odd bruises now and then. But nothing crazy. A stunt woman, do some scenes, she makes me look cool. But I try to do most of it myself. The funniest murder that record was when I killed Bill, when there is much anger. And it is not very difficult to manage låtsasblodet. It tastes only of sugar, laughs Comer.

has received almost as much attention as the tv series itself.

"I don't think she has a special style," says Comer. She just dresses in what she likes. I had to come up with ideas about the clothes, I am grateful for. In the beginning of the second season is the Villanelle had to use other people's clothes. She suddenly becomes vulnerable, the carpet is torn away from her feet.

The beloved psykopaten, in any case, viewers, are still not to be underestimated. If she becomes human she loses her magic mean Comer.

" of course, sometimes we see glimpses of hope. Oh my god, she shows compassion, she has human sides. But then suddenly she does something that is contrary to it. These are the moments you will get to see more of. But it does not mean that I think the Villanelle need to be prepared. Some people are just terrible.

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