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Jodie Comer Celebrates Her Killing Eve Character’s Queerness

Jodie Comer Celebrates Her Killing Eve Character’s Queerness

Jodie Comer Celebrates Her ‘Killing Eve’ Character’s Bisexuality

Comer’s murderous Villanelle has become something of a queer icon.

Killing Eve isn't only a smart, sexy spy thriller full of endlessly charming murderers -- although yes it is and yes you should be watching. It's also a show in which the main characters, a Russian francophile with a passion for assassin(ation) and a former MI6 agent, are obsessed with each other, and that obsession isn't straight-washed for the masses. On Killing Eve, the sexual undertones in Eve (Sandra Oh) and Villanelle's (Jodie Comer) relationship are overtones -- in the first season finale, Villanelle tells Eve, "I masturbate about you a lot," which Eve finds less off-putting than flattering.

Comer is aware that her character's sexuality is one of the things that has made this ruthless killer more human and something of a queer icon.

"It's a strange one," Comer told Vulture at a recent AMC event. "I'm so detached from the show when I'm not in it. But I definitely sense that -- and speaking to Luke Jennings, who wrote the novellas, I know Villanelle has really resonated with the LGBT community."

And the actress added that her character's bisexuality -- if it can be called that, because Villanelle only seemed interested in her season one fling as a means to an end rather than any serious romantic interest -- is one of the things that makes her compelling to play.

"The fact that she's unapologetically herself and free with her sexuality -- her sexuality was something I never questioned and always celebrated. That's what's so refreshing. It's just a part of her. That's what I love about her. It's not something that [the writers] spoke about or is featured really heavily -- you just accept this woman for who she is. And I think it's really beautiful."

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