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Elise > November 29, 2020 > Filed Under Gallery Updates, Photoshoots & Portraits, Press Article

The Times – During the long weeks of lockdown earlier this year we all got a rare chance to take a good look at our lives. Like many of us Jodie Comer had an epiphany. “I’ve never looked at myself from the outside in. And I realised I get so much fulfilment and joy out of my job, I don’t really have something else that I channel my energy into.

To her millions of global fans she is the star of Killing Eve, a psychopathic Russian assassin on a murderous world tour. In reality the 27-year-old actress still lives at home in Liverpool, in her old childhood bedroom, with her mum, dad and younger brother.

I’ve never really thought of myself as a person whose job is first in every aspect of their life. And I was like, ‘Oh, wow, that is who I am.’ And you know what? I’m OK with that. That’s the life I choose to live.

Killing Eve has made Comer hot property in Hollywood, but she has already been working for more than half her life. She was only 13 when she made her first appearance, in a radio play, then she went on to do all the usual soaps, followed by the 2015 BBC hit drama Doctor Foster, before her stunning performance as Villanelle in Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s spy thriller catapulted her into the big time. With a best actress Bafta and an Emmy under her belt, she had been halfway through filming a Ridley Scott movie alongside Matt Damon when the March lockdown grounded her. By then she had already co-starred with Ryan Reynolds in a big Disney movie, Free Guy, which will now be released next year. Last week she announced a new Channel 4 drama, co-starring Stephen Graham, set in a fictional Liverpool care home during the coronavirus crisis.

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[…] The avatar she plays in Free Guy is the first role in which she had to strut about in leather trousers, and as she mimes thrusting her chest out, she starts to laugh. “My character’s like, ‘I’m here, I’m ready!’ But I have quite bad posture, I’m naturally like this” — she rounds her shoulders — “and they kept having to say, ‘Can you be more …’ ” — she arches her back again. “So I had to be much more aware of what I look like. Whereas I’d much rather do a role where I’m wearing no make-up.

She doesn’t mind at all that lockdown has put paid to all the parties at which a young actress is expected to be seen. “I don’t go to celebrity events. I don’t want to be going somewhere just because there’s a bunch of famous people there who I could meet.” Is that about protecting her credibility as a serious actress? “No, I don’t think I’m guarding it consciously, I think that’s just innately who I am. It doesn’t interest me. The people I want to be with are my best mates from school. That’s my happy place.

Even so, I say, isn’t it a bit odd still to be living at home at 27? “I know!” she agrees. “I’m definitely looking to move out.” But in the next breath she adds: “I’d live with my mum and dad till I was old and grey if I could.” So why move out? “Well, I recognise I need my own space and independence. I just don’t want to do it.” Her bedroom “doesn’t still have a single bed and Winnie-the-Pooh wallpaper”, she quickly clarifies. But she loves her mum’s home cooking and hasn’t a clue how to make a Sunday roast herself, so I wouldn’t bet on her moving out any time soon.

[…] She used to worry that she might only ever be a “television actress”, but if Free Guy was a test she set herself, she passed with flying colours. “When I got to set I realised, OK, this is huge, but the fundamentals of what it is that you do are actually the same.” I ask which actor’s career she dreams of emulating, and after pausing to think she names Julie Walters. With no disrespect to her fellow actress, I suspect Comer might be underestimating herself.

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