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Elise > August 22, 2021 > Filed Under Gallery Updates, Movie: "Help", Photoshoots & Portraits, Press Article

Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham have officially started promoting “Help,” which airs next month on Channel 4 and All4. They’ve been photographed for The Observer to celebrate – high-quality photos have been uploaded to our gallery. Be sure to read the snippet I’ve attached below, but head over to the original article for the full thing.

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Press > 2021 > The Observer (August 22) [+01]
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The Guardian – Early on in the new Channel 4 drama Help, elderly residents at the care home where Jodie Comer’s character, Sarah, has recently landed a job celebrate Christmas in their paper hats and tinsel necklaces. The scene was originally longer, with a DJ spinning old-time discs. “Is there anyone around here who supports Everton?” he called, and Comer started jumping up and down, waving her hand in the air. “The whole storyline was that I was pretending that I was a Liverpool fan. And I was like: ‘Oh, shit, they can’t use that. I totally slipped out of character.’ And I looked at you, and you were like: ‘You’re killing it.’

Comer’s reminiscing over Zoom with her co-star Stephen Graham, and – in their living rooms, in different parts of the country – they both dissolve into giggles. Interviewing them is like trying to steer a runaway train: they career all over the tracks, one minute talking to me and the next to each other, chuffing away in broad scouse accents. It’s not the sort of homey exuberance one would expect from Comer, who is best known as the ice-cool, multilingual psychopath Villanelle in Killing Eve. Neither is it the kind of on-set anarchy one might expect from Help itself, a relentlessly powerful and driven 120-minute drama documenting the UK’s care home crisis in the early months of the Covid pandemic.

[…] It’s the first time the pair have contrived to work together since becoming firm friends on the set of a TV miniseries nine years ago. Comer, an unknown still in her teens, was playing a girl abused by cop-killer Graham in the Liverpool-set series Good Cop. “There were no intimacy coordinators in those days,” recalls Graham. “So I’d just say: ‘is it all right if I put my hand there?’ It was only a tiny little scene, but she was so trusting, and had such a blazing talent, that when it was finished I said: ‘Look I’m a happily married man and all that, but would you give me your number, because I’d like to put you in touch with my agent.’” He did, and the rest became history two years ago, when Comer thanked him for kickstarting her career in her Bafta best actress acceptance speech for Killing Eve.

Like Sarah, Comer is an Everton supporter. She could hardly not be, since her dad has been a masseur at the club for more than two decades. Like Tony, the lovable rogue with early-onset dementia he plays in Help, Graham is a diehard Liverpool fan. […] “Oh my God,” butts in Comer. “At the virtual Baftas, he was wearing this shirt and blazer on top and Liverpool shorts on the bottom.

It goes without saying that Help is set in Liverpool. The Christmas party scene is an emotional high point, not just because it is the calm before the storm, but because it assembles some of the city’s most famous stars into ghosts of their former selves. A still beautiful but vacant-eyed Cathy Tyson recites a poem, My Mind to Me a Kingdom Is, before subsiding into the silence of her armchair. Among those applauding her are Sue Johnston, whose character Gloria will be the first to succumb to the new plague, and Ian Hart as the box-ticking but kindly manager, who finds himself utterly out of his depth as hospital patients are discharged into his care and his residents start to die. In one of the film’s many masterful changes of mood and tempo, the dreamlike sentimentality of the scene is punctured by Tony jumping to his feet to tell a filthy joke.

It all came about in “one of those magical moments”, says Comer. “Jack, Stephen and I were all having these separate conversations about how we wanted to work with each other.” She shamefacedly admits to having sent a “gis a job” message to Thorne on Twitter in the days before she wised up to the dangers of social media and abandoned it to her publicists. “Yeah,” picks up Graham, “and I’m sitting next to Jack at this awards thing for The Virtues [the TV miniseries] and I went: ‘Jack, do you know what you’re doing next?’ And he says: ‘A few things.’ And I was like: ‘All right, Jack, do me a favour. You know what? I really want you to write something for me with Jodie Comer. And he was like: ‘Funny you should say that, because she wants to do something set in Liverpool.’”

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Elise > December 01, 2020 > Filed Under Gallery Updates, Photoshoots & Portraits, Press Article

InStyle – […] Comer, 27, has logged on to our Zoom call from vacation in the tropics, where the jungle humidity has added enviable volume to her hair. It’s a few days before Joe Biden will formally take the stage as the president-elect, and the actress has been monitoring the contentious election results from afar. Having escaped the U.K. before it went on lockdown due to a surge in the coronavirus, Comer says that in the prior five months she has had plenty of time to lounge around in so-called senior-citizen attire while at home with her family in Liverpool. To maintain her sanity, she would “go crazy” on her Pilates machine and binge-watch Netflix shows, including all three seasons of Ozark and the mindless game show Floor Is Lava. “If you want to consciously kill some of your own brain cells, I would advise this one,” she says.

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And yet quarantine hasn’t stopped her from having a Hollywood hot streak. She just finished shooting Ridley Scott’s historical epic The Last Duel with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck in Dublin, while Free Guy, the gaming-versus-reality action/rom-com in which she stars opposite Ryan Reynolds, is slated to be released later this year. Her audition for the latter came the day after she had wrapped Season 2 of Killing Eve, the highly addictive BBC America drama that garnered her lead-actress statuettes at the BAFTAs and the Emmys for her portrayal of the stylish assassin Villanelle. (So demure is Comer that during her Emmy acceptance speech, she announced to the crowd that she had told her parents not to make the trek to L.A. because she didn’t think it was her time.) As a TV actress, Comer admits that crossing over into film was initially daunting, especially when it came to doing her own stunts for Free Guy. But then Reynolds passed on some invaluable advice that has resonated with her. “He said, ‘Don’t be scared to look stupid,’?” she recalls. “Try that thing that you may think, ‘Oh, is this going to be too much?’ Because sometimes it will be, and it’s fine, and sometimes you’ll find a genius moment that will inspire others to do something differently.

Comer presents herself as an ordinary girl who has been given the opportunity to do extraordinary things, a theme that has been a constant throughout her life. She was brought up in northwest England by a sports-massage therapist dad who tends to soccer players and a mom who works for a transport company. With no formal drama training, Comer honed her mimicry skills by impersonating stars on TV. “Me and my dad were always ad-libbing and doing accents,” she says. Ironically, she credits being dumped by her friends from their talent-show dance group when she was 12 as the reason she has any success at all. Comer had left on vacation with her parents when her school friends cut her from their Chicago-inspired routine. Though Comer was distraught, her mom persuaded her to perform a monologue written by a local playwright about the Hillsborough disaster, a fatal stampede at a 1989 soccer match where 96 people were killed at the contest instead. “Sometimes I would cry when I was introducing it,” says Comer. “My teacher was like, ‘Whatever you have there is amazing, but you need to learn to control it!’” After the performance, the teacher put her forward for her first professional role on BBC Radio, and not long after that she was racking up TV credits in cop shows and beyond.

Those kind of sliding-door moments stick in Comer’s brain. Like her kismet first encounter with Killing Eve creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge at the BAFTAs in 2017. Comer had been nominated for her role as Ivy Moxam in the crime drama Thirteen that year, although there was absolutely no doubt that the queen of the night was Waller-Bridge, who’d picked up her first BAFTA for her hit show Fleabag. Waller-Bridge walked into Comer’s hotel room while she was hosting an unofficial after-party. “I just declared my love for her,” says Comer. “That’s how we met initially. She had a much bigger, swisher hotel room, so everybody eventually moved there because there was more room for dancing.

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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.