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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.

Elise > November 16, 2020 > Filed Under Gallery Updates, Photoshoots & Portraits, Press Article

PORTER – Jodie Comer is learning to trust her intuition. “People tell me a lot that I have good instincts,” she reflects, as we sit on the rooftop of a London hotel, both wrapped in blankets (it’s late October and the pandemic dictates that we cannot be indoors). “So they’re always like, ‘Stay with that, stick to your gut.’” This advice, and indeed her instincts, have served the 27-year-old Liverpool-born actor well when it comes to her career. “If I don’t have an initial instinct about what I’d do with a character – if I don’t sympathize with them or I can’t find a way of excusing them if they’re really awful – then I don’t go near it,” she smiles.

[…] Is there a pressure, then, that comes with choosing which roles to take on after such a triumph? “What I try to do is just stay true to myself,” she considers. “Is there something that I haven’t explored yet? Because the thing about doing Killing Eve, or something like that, is that everyone has an opinion.” “Of course, I was so lucky that Villanelle was just one in a million,” she continues. “That role is just so fabulous that I think people are like, ‘Well, where’s she gonna go from here?’” Comer is determined not to give too much weight to the pressure, though. “For me, the only person I have to answer to is myself – so as long as I go into things with integrity and knowing why I did it, I think you just have to drown out the noise.

With most of her roles having been in television, she admits that the transition to the big screen felt daunting. Last year, she filmed Free Guy, a sci-fi action comedy about a man who discovers he is a background player in an open-world video game. Starring alongside Ryan Reynolds and directed by Shawn Levy, she plays programmer Milly and her virtual alter-ego, Molotov Girl. “I had done television for so long, my insecurity was like, ‘Oh, maybe I’m a TV actress; maybe I’m never going to do film.’ And, years ago, maybe there was a clear divide, but now I don’t think there is. When I did Free Guy, it just felt enormous. I was intimidated by the grandeur of everything: the sets, the stunts, it was very physical. But when I got into the rhythm of it, I realized that the people are the same, the morale is the same – so you just do the process that you always do and prepare for the role you’re playing.

[…] The talk turns to privacy and Comer’s light-hearted, buoyant lilt becomes serious. With her rising public profile has come an intensifying interest in her private life, despite her making every effort to keep it from the glare of the spotlight. “Within the past month, I feel like I’ve sussed it out. It took a while, but it got to a point where I noticed it was affecting my health,” she says, referring to how her perspective and use of social media has changed. “I think you forget how accessible we are when we have mobile phones. In my head, it was like there was a line of people outside my front door who had nasty things to say to me, and I was saying, ‘Come on in! Please sit on my couch; tell me.’ When I realized that was what I was doing, I knew I just had to stop and I haven’t done it since. It’s like, I don’t want these people in my house, I don’t want them in my head.” The turning point came from a particularly upsetting recent intrusion, when the identity of her boyfriend was revealed in the media. “All this false information came out about him, and people just ridiculed him and me and my family. People took these tweets as truth. That was the biggest time my life has been kind of blown up and publicized in that way,” she says. “A lot of people read things and they go, ‘Wow, she’s that, she’s this type of person.’ And I’m like, OK, I can spend my life and my energy trying to convince people otherwise, or I can go, ‘I know who I am, I know my truth and that’s good enough for me.’

[…] Having started filming on historical drama-thriller The Last Duel – directed by Ridley Scott and co-starring Matt Damon and Ben Affleck – at the start of 2020, the cast only wrapped in September, following a six-month interruption because of the pandemic. Thinking about what kind of roles she would love to play next, she’s in “kind of a weird limbo at the moment”. But she’s not planning to play it safe when it comes to future projects. “If there’s something that makes me go, ‘This is terrifying,’ then I think, ‘Jodie, this is what you need to do.’ I think a challenge is very important, otherwise you feel like you plateau and you’re just bobbing along and not feeling satisfied.” And what might a challenge look like to her? “I’d love to do a musical! I used to be a big thespian, really musical-theater-obsessed.

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