Jodie Comer reveals language lies for Killing Eve


Jodie Comer lied about her language skills to land her role in 'Killing Eve'.

The 26-year-old actress plays Russian assassin Villanelle in the acclaimed drama series but she admitted she could have missed out on the part if she had been truthful about the fact she didn't have some of the qualities producers were looking for.

Speaking to Grazia magazine, she said: "When I auditioned [for 'Killing Eve'] they told me about the languages. You always get told that if you're asked in an audition if you can ride a horse, you say yes, even if you can't. That's what I did with the languages."

The Liverpudlian actress has been praised for her mastery of different accents, which she credits to her father Jimmy.

She said: "Growing up, if there was an advert on the telly with a silly accent, me and my dad would always impersonate it around the house. I think, through doing that, I now have an ear for it."

And Jodie admitted she prefers adopting a different dialect as it helps her to separate herself from her characters - but she wishes there were more Scousers heard on screen.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 14: Jodie Comer attends the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
24th Critics Choice Awards – Arrivals – Santa Monica, California, U.S., January 13, 2019 - Jodie Comer. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
76th Golden Globe Awards - Arrivals - Beverly Hills, California, U.S., January 6, 2019 - Sandra Oh (L) and Jodie Comer. REUTERS/Mike Blake
76th Golden Globe Awards - Arrivals - Beverly Hills, California, U.S., January 6, 2019 - Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer (L-R). REUTERS/Mike Blake
76th Golden Globe Awards - Arrivals - Beverly Hills, California, U.S., January 6, 2019 - Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer (L-R). REUTERS/Mike Blake
Sandra Oh, left, and Jodie Comer participate in the "Killing Eve" panel during the BBC America presentation at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour at The Langham Huntington on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)
Actress Jodie Comer poses on the red carpet at the 2019 BAFTA Tea Party at the Four Seasons Hotel, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Actress Jodie Comer poses for photographers upon arrival at the British Academy Television and Craft Nominations Party in central London, Thursday, April 20, 2017. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Fiona Shaw and Jodie Comer, winner of the Entertainer of the Year Award, attend Stylist's inaugural Remarkable Women Awards in partnership with philosophy at Rosewood London on March 5, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Stylist)
PASADENA, CA - FEBRUARY 09: Actor Jodie Comer speaks onstage during the 'Killing Eve' panel during the BBC America/AMC portion of the 2019 Winter TCA on February 9, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for AMC Networks )
ASCOT, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Katarina Johnson-Thompson (L) and Jodie Comer (R) attend the QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse on October 20, 2018 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images for Ascot)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 05: Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh attend a special screening of the BBC's new drama 'Killing Eve' at BAFTA Piccadilly on September 5, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - APRIL 08: (L-R) Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer and Phoebe Waller-Bridge from the serie 'Killing Eve' attend 'Killing Eve' and 'When Heroes Fly' screening during the 1st Cannes International Series Festival at Palais des Festivals on April 8, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 14: Jodie Comer attends the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: Actress Jodie Comer attends the THREE Empire awards at The Roundhouse on March 19, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Jodie Comer arrives for the House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall on May 8, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 20: Jodie Comer attends the Jameson Empire Film Awards at Grosvenor House, on March 20, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
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She said: "Some are harder than others, but it does help me; doing my own accent, I find it harder to separate myself from the character. But you also don't see a lot of Scousers on the telly, so maybe we need to change that a little bit."

After working on the likes of 'Killing Eve', 'Doctor Foster' and 'Thirteen', Jodie feels "luck" to have been involved in so many female-driven projects.

She said: "I feel extremely lucky. The past four or five roles I've played have all been written by women. So I feel as though a lot of the characters I've played have been complex and challenging.

"As an actor and a human being, you want to be challenged and push yourself into new depths that you may not have known before."

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