Why ‘Killing Eve’ Co-Star Jodie Comer Could Take the Emmy for Lead Actress in a Drama Series

One new star that is getting noticed for her work is Killing Eve co-star Jodie Comer. She is nominated for her first Emmy this year for her performance of Villanelle.

Many might be leaning toward other stars in their predictions on who could take the award home. Here are a few reasons why Comer could take it home instead.

Jodie Comer is nominated for lead actress in a drama series

Jodie Comer attends the premiere of BBC America and AMC's 'Killing Eve'
Jodie Comer attends the premiere of BBC America and AMC’s ‘Killing Eve’ | Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

Comer wasn’t nominated for her work in the first season of Killing Eve. This year that changed with her first nomination for lead actress in a drama series.

The other nominees are Sandra Oh for Killing Eve, Emilia Clarke for Game of Thrones, Robin Wright for House of Cards, Viola Davis for How To Get Away With Murder, and Laura Linney for Ozark.

Comer said she talked to Oh after the announcement. She also heard from former showrunner, Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

“I came out the gym and had a load of celebratory messages from family and friends,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “I spoke with Sandra on text and I got a wonderful voice note from Phoebe. With lots of screaming.”

There is a lot of competition, but there are several reasons why Comer could still take the award home. One is what her role demands.

Villanelle requires someone to be a chameleon

The assassin travels all over the world and hides in plain sight to get her targets. That means blending in using different languages or accents. She also has to put on an act to go undetected.

That means Comer has the pressure of playing Villanelle with an added layer of whoever the assassin is pretending to be to get her job done. Comer has done a great job at switching things up when necessary.

A fan shared a clip of Villanelle going over different personas with Eve for a mission. The actress goes through four different accents with no trouble.

She is truly scary in a unique way

Many would expect a TV assassin to be “cool.” However, Villanelle comes across as truly scary yet captivating. We see her affect on others with Eve.

There is a question of whether she is a psychopath. “There are these characteristics — the lack of remorse, the lack of humanity in her,” Comer said according to Indie Wire. “But I think the biggest thing that she wants is connection. She thinks she knows what love is and what feelings are.”

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Comer is often seen having a blank look on her face. That’s because she doesn’t have feelings one would expect a person to have in her situation. She instead mimics other people and Comer’s portrayal of that is unsettling.

Another thing that makes her character so scary is that she is unpredictable. “I think [Villanelle has] enabled me to show some versatility that another role that I may have played wouldn’t have allowed me to do,” said Comer. “I’m by no means getting offers, but it’s shifted in a sense of people are coming forward to start a conversation.”

Fans will have to wait and see if the versatile performance will take home the award. The Emmy Awards air on Sunday, Sept. 22 on Fox starting at 8 p.m. EST.