“He’s such a good fella. I love him.”
Killing Eve‘s Jodie Comer is set to appear in a new Channel 4 film titled Help – and starring alongside Comer is Line of Duty actor Stephen Graham.
Speaking to Digital Spy and other media ahead of the Virgin Media BAFTA Television Awards, the actress explained how the upcoming project came ab0ut, adding that she and Graham have been wanting to work together for sometime.
“It was amazing because Stephen introduced me to my agent and ever since then, we’ve been like, ‘Jade, please find something for us to do.’ And she’s like, I am, I am.’ But there’s just not anything out there,” Comer said.
“And then I very embarrassingly slid into Jack Thorne’s DMs when I was on Twitter and I told him that I wanted to work with him, just straight up. He’s incredible. So I did then and simultaneously, without even knowing, around that time Stephen had got in touch with Jack and was like, ‘Will you write something for me and Jodie?'”
Comer revealed that everyone involved got together for a couple of workshops so that they could think “about what this piece could be”.
She added: “And then we found a director in Marc Munden and we filmed it earlier this year in Liverpool. It’s called Help. It’s a film for Channel 4 and it was incredible, getting to work with him again. Just being with him on a set, that was amazing. He’s such a good fella. I love him.”
This weekend, Comer is nominated for a BAFTA award in the leading actress category for her role as Villanelle in Killing Eve.
In her humble way, the actress opens up about the virtues of finding comfort in your own skin.
The pandemic has proved the ultimate test of our comfort zones. And for Jodie Comer, it has been something of a gift, giving the Emmy Award-winning star moments of respite that she’s used to focus on healthy habits and gratitude. Who can blame her for carving out some dedicated moments of self-care and reflection? She’s barely had a moment to catch her breath after a slew of A-list projects. After wrapping up season three playing the stylish yet maniacal Villanelle on Killing Eve, the 28-year-old Liverpudlian segued to director Ridley Scotts’s The Last Duel opposite Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Adam Driver. It must’ve gone well—she’ll once again be under the direction of Scott to play Empress Joséphine opposite Joaquin Phoenix as Napoleon Bonaparte in Kitbag.
As if those projects weren’t enough, Comer is also the brand ambassador for Noble Panacea, the revolutionary skincare line famous for their molecular vessel formulations that come in their signature single-dose packaging. Catching up with Comer by phone from her home in England, we journeyed down the wellness path, explored skincare topics and health and wellness—and inevitably, delved into those things that matter far beyond what’s on the surface: gratitude, growing, and leveling up when it comes to assessing one’s self-worth.
Commitment to skincare has become a must for many women during the pandemic. Are you staying diligent when it comes to your skincare routine these days?
I actually think I am more diligent these days in terms of skincare. Honestly, the thought of doing a a full face of makeup terrifies me and I found that with the lockdown and being at home more, there are days when I can make a real habit of actually “doing” things. I used to put on my activewear even though I was never intending to exercise, but now I actually do it. Even with simple things—such as making sure I’m taking care of my skin, whether it’s cleansing or doing a face massage—these are the kind of things I have actually managed to hone in on. Also, now I have a partnership with Noble Panacea it’s made it more worthwhile. The beautiful thing about their products is that they’re super simple, there’s a minimal four-step routine—or I can pick and choose.
From the time she took the lead as Villanelle in the hit series Killing Eve, Jodie Comer has become the girl to watch on the screen, red carpet and even on social. Her distinct brand of confidence, authenticity, charisma and her many accents make her the consummate actor. Little wonder she won the Emmy Award as Outstanding Lead Actress for her role as the sociopath assassin everyone secretly cheers on. And that’s no small measure for a remarkable performance.
The 27-year-old has also become somewhat of a beauty and style reference. Among fashion circles, she’s served up some of the most inspired fashion looks while playing the role as Villanelle. Of course, this is not counting a pair of white Crocs that opened the premiere of Season 1. The character we hate to love has, throughout the course of three seasons, inspired us to bring out our best printed trousers and bright jackets. But regardless of her ensemble, it’s Jodie’s luminous, porcelain skin that truly make her a head turner both on and off camera. She begins, “I’m hoping to start the year with an exciting new project, which feels incredibly important at this moment in time.”
Just like the rest of the world, the past year ended with much anticipation for better and brighter things in 2021. Jodie, who’s had to go on hiatus from filming throughout most of 2020 shares that the timeout has allowed her to delve deeper into her love for skincare. “I’m a skincare junkie,” declares the Emmy Award winner. In May 2020, it was announced that she would be the first global brand ambassador for disruptive beauty brand, NOBLE PANACEA. It was a match made in skincare heaven.
“Consistency is always something that I look for in a product,” she shares. Jodie’s done countless interviews revealing her beauty routine. Since her rise to stardom and throughout the years, it’s become apparent that Jodie is a consumer who knows exactly what she wants. She’s had her fair share of skincare woes and banes, which has ultimately encouraged a more discerning mindset when choosing skincare products. “If I’m going to invest in something I want to know that it’s actually delivering the benefits it champions itself on. That’s why I was so impressed with Noble Panacea’s science led OMV™ (Organic Molecular Vessel) technology. It provides a gradual release of cells, meaning your skin digests the product as and when is necessary. Resulting in long lasting effects and all day/night hydration.”
Life as a lead actress means wearing makeup for prolonged hours and living on set. Jodie explains that during her hiatus from filming, she’s been able to let her skin take a break from long hours and layers upon layers of makeup. She expounds, “My skin is prone to breakouts when filming or if I’m stressed out or hormonal. I love to steer towards more natural remedies to alleviate any redness. Rose water is very calming for skin.” Jodie also advices use of tea tree oil diluted in water for specific areas. “My all time favorite product is The Brilliant Overnight Recharge Cream. I feel like this provides so much food for my skin while I sleep. The morning after using this product, my skin always feels firm and nourished.”
From ‘Killing Eve’ to killing it in Hollywood
Jodie Comer has come a long way from the poster-covered walls of her childhood bedroom in Liverpool.
As the breakout star of Killing Eve, Comer has fast established herself as one of Hollywood’s most talented imports having won a bevy of Best Actress awards and landing on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. In 2021, she’ll make her cinematic debut starring opposite Ryan Reynolds in Free Guy before appearing in the much-hyped blockbuster Last Duel with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.
In the January issue of marie claire, the actor discusses her mum’s love (“[She’s] proud that I haven’t lost my [Liverpool] accent”), sexist double-standards and the experience of landing her first film.
“I remember [the audition] so distinctly,” Comer tells Alley Pascoe. “I’d just finished a six-month shoot on Killing Eve and flew to New York like a bit of a zombie. I spent the flight thinking about what I could do wrong and if I should call Ryan Mr Reynolds. I hadn’t done a film before; it felt so much bigger than myself.”
Reynolds – who is the lead actor and a producer on the film – recalls how Comer landed the gig almost immediately. “I remember breaking the scene after Jodie’s first three lines and looking over at Shawn to make sure that he was watching because I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” he says. “She took it to a whole new level. Jodie is one of those one-in-a-billion actors. She can do anything and be anything.”
And this month, she’s marie claire‘s cover star. Landing this cover is a full-circle moment for Comer. In her late teens, she appeared in the British high school series My Mad Fat Diary as Chloe, the popular girl whose best friend describes her as “the kind of girl who will be on the cover of marie claire sunbathing on a yacht”.
Nearly a decade later, here she is. “I mean, I don’t have a yacht, but I’m OK with that. Chloe would be way impressed,” says Comer.
Find the full interview in the January issue of marie claire, on stands December 10.
Killing Eve‘s Jodie Comer has signed up to star opposite Line of Duty‘s Stephen Graham in Help, a new TV drama from Jack Thorne (His Dark Materials, National Treasure).
Help – the one-off drama’s working title – will center on a friendship that develops between a patient (Graham) and a young worker (Comer) who meet at a fictional Liverpool care home during the coronavirus pandemic.
Comer will play Sarah, something of an outsider who has a “special talent for connecting with the residents,” while Graham will portray Tony, a 47-year-old man grappling with all the confusion and frustration of Young Onset Alzheimer’s. They bond as the care home – like so many in the U.K. – struggles to cope with the fast-spreading virus.
It marks the first time that Comer and Graham, who both hail from Liverpool, will get to work together. Comer revealed in July that Graham gave her some vital advice at the start of her career: don’t lose your native “Scouse” accent.
U.K. network Channel 4 has commissioned the 120-minute drama, with Marc Munden (The Third Day, Utopia) set to direct.
Comer said in a Channel 4 press release: “I am, of course, thrilled to finally be working alongside Stephen and the supremely talented Jack, Marc and those at Channel 4. For us to be able to explore such a relevant and emotive story through the eyes of such beautifully real characters, and in our home city of Liverpool, is a real honor.
“We’re determined to do justice to so many of the untold stories and heroes that have been affected as a result of this crisis and to handle them with care.”
Graham added: “Jack is one of the greatest and most truthful writers of our generation and in Help he has crafted a profoundly important piece of social realism. I’ve wanted to work with Jodie for ages, and together we’re hugely passionate about shining a light on one of the biggest tragedies of our time and the people at the heart of it.”
In the meantime, you can catch Comer in BBC America’s multi-award-winning Killing Eve.
EXCLUSIVE: Here’s a hot one: Killing Eve star Jodie Comer and The Irishman actor Stephen Graham are on the brink of signing up for a Channel 4 drama that will be set in a UK care home during the coronavirus crisis, Deadline can reveal.
The four-part series is housed at All3Media International-backed production outfit The Forge, which has reunited the stellar team behind the BAFTA-winning National Treasure to make the topical drama, including writer Jack Thorne and director Marc Munden.
Details on the plot are being closely guarded by those involved, but we hear that the action will be set in and around a British care home in 2020. The show was originally called Home, but producers are now rethinking this title.
UK care homes have been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus pandemic, with more than 19,000 residents dying because of the disease. As a result, they are now at the epicenter of some of the strictest lockdown measures in the country, with residents unable to see loved ones in any meaningful way for fear of sparking outbreaks among vulnerable people.
Thorne, who himself suffered with a suspected bout of coronavirus, has been vocal about conditions in care homes and the lack of personal protective equipment provided to staff and residents. “Care homes for elderly or disabled people seem to be the lowest priority right now,” he tweeted in April after reading about 15 deaths in a Luton care home.
Thorne, a stupendously busy writer who is also behind His Dark Materials and The Aeronauts, has real form in landing powerful and timely dramas for Channel 4 having written National Treasure, Kiri, The Virtues, and The Accident for the UK broadcaster in recent years.
And in casting Comer and Graham, Channel 4 will be uniting two of the UK’s hottest actors. They will also serve as executive producers. The Liverpudlians have great affection for each other, with Comer personally thanking Graham last year after winning a BAFTA for her breakout role in Killing Eve. The pair first worked together in BBC One’s 2012 series Good Cop.
As well as making National Treasure for Channel 4, the company was also behind Kiri and The Accident. It is also currently making Season 4 of classroom drama Ackley Bridge for the broadcaster.
The Emmy-nominated actress, who’s once again up against costar Sandra Oh, talks Villanelle and privacy concerns.
Just as Jodie Comer was getting a break from being Villanelle, production on The Last Duel, a period drama-thriller starring Adam Driver and Matt Damon, was cut short. Within a few weeks, the 27-year-old actress was once again immersed in the universe of Killing Eve, with quarantine turning each week’s episode of season 3 into an event. As the show delved further and further into Villanelle’s backstory, the fandom surrounding Killing Eve was unavoidable—especially for Comer. The previously straightforward role of a stylish serial killer now had complexity, making her even more irresistible. And fans, including Elton John, were riveted.
Perhaps it’s partly thanks to her growing fame that Comer, in turn, has become a passionate fan of another series: I Hate Suzie, which stars Billie Piper as an actress whose phone gets hacked. Whether or not the leaked images making headlines are real, they turn Suzie’s life upside down and shatter any semblance of privacy. But you don’t have to be a celebrity to get the draw of the series. In this day and age, Comer noted, everyone has privacy concerns. Here, she shares how she navigates her own, along with a few hints at Villanelle’s future.
Where are you right now?
I’m in Ireland, in a place called Dalkey that’s about 20 minutes south of Dublin. It’s really beautiful, actually—like a tiny little town right on the sea. I’m enjoying the village life at the moment.
How long have you been there?
I’ve been here for two weeks. I’m about to resume filming on The Last Duel, which we were in the middle of all the way back in March. The time has kind of come to carry it on. It’s crazy, but it feels like the safest place to be, in a sense, with all the measurements and precautions they’re obviously having to take. They take things extremely seriously. I’m going back to set on Monday, and I’m sure it will be different. But I think it’ll be a good atmosphere to be around, with everybody so ready to get back to work. My costars have been back for a week, so they’ve already started, but so far I’ve only seen them on Zoom calls.
Does it throw off your process, to deal with an interruption?
Yeah, I guess so. It’s funny, because I always find that it’s not until, like, six weeks into a job that I then feel like I know what I’m doing. And that’s when we stopped. [Laughs] You know, I’m sure it’ll be fine. I hope. Once I get my wig back on and my clothes on, I’m hoping it’ll all come back to me.
Where had you been quarantining prior to this?
I was in Liverpool with my family, which was lovely. Everyone was healthy, which is the main thing. And my brother was home. I got to spend a lot of time with them that I don’t usually get, so I feel very lucky in that sense.
I have upload three new additions of Jodie’s Noble Panacea advertisement. One is from the shoot, the other are two are behind the scenes.
– 2020 | ‘Noble Panacea’ Promotional Photoshoot
Killing Eve costume designer Sam Perry, who is nominated for an Emmy, told E! News about the planning that went into creating the looks for Villanelle, portrayed by Jodie Comer.
One can tell a lot about a person based on their clothing.
A coffee stain on a shirt, or the lack thereof, can hint at the level of chaos someone experienced that morning. Likewise, the decision to wear a hoodie rather than a coat can indicate whether a person intends to go into an office that day.
It’s these subtle details that Killing Eve costume designer Sam Perry took into consideration when planning out the looks for season three of the BBC America series.
Talking to E! News on the phone from her home in England, Perry shared that ahead of filming she would look over the script and talk to the art department to determine how the characters’ own journeys would be reflected in their wardrobe. And since this season largely focused on Villanelle’s (Jodie Comer) mission to understand who she is, it makes sense that a large part of her time was dedicated to dressing the complex lead.
Starting the discussion with Villanelle’s wedding in episode one, Perry explained that she dressed her in a black Comme des Garçons tailcoat and Simone Rocha blouse, because it simply isn’t “her vibe” to wear a white bridal gown. As Perry remarked, “She just does whatever she feels like in that moment, on that day, regardless of whether it’s right or not. She just doesn’t want to answer to anybody.”
But after that, a brighter, more youthful Villanelle emerged as she prepared for a life as a handler in Barcelona, Spain. Out were the pantsuits and in were eye-catching patterns, flowing dresses and softer colors that signified a new start for the assassin.
(Jodie Comer herself told E! News over email that she “loved” this dress.)
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