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Jodie Comer says filming Talking Heads in A DAY during lockdown was ‘hardest thing she’s ever done’

Jodie Comer admits filming her Talking Heads monologue in ONE DAY during lockdown was the ‘hardest thing she’s ever done’ – and says the thought of doing theatre ‘terrifies’ her

  • Killing Eve actress, 27, of Liverpool, stars in Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads on BBC
  • Plays aspiring 80s actress Lesley in Her Big Chance, directed by Josie Rourke
  • Series of 10 monologues was filmed in lockdown, adhering to social distancing
  • Jodie added that she’d love to do theatre but is scared because she didn’t train 

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Jodie Comer has admitted filming Talking Heads in one day during lockdown was the ‘hardest thing she’s ever done’.

The Killing Eve star, 27, from Liverpool, plays aspiring actress Lesley in the latest TV dramatisation of playwright Alan Bennett’s monologues.

Filmed while adhering to social distancing during lockdown, the episodes land on the BBC iPlayer today and will air on BBC One in the coming weeks.

Having been forced to abandon filming Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel, Jodie snapped up the opportunity to join the Talking Heads cast, which also boasts Kristin Scott Thomas, Harriet Walter, Martin Freeman and Imelda Staunton.

Jodie Comer has admitted filming Talking Heads in one day during lockdown was the ‘hardest thing she’s ever done’. Pictured as aspiring actress Lesley in Her Big Chance

Speaking to British Vogue, Jodie admitted that performing her monologue Her Big Chance – directed by former head of the Donmar Warehouse Josie Rourke and set in the Eighties – was ‘without a doubt, the hardest thing I’ve ever done’.

As well as having to do all her own hair and make-up, Jodie only had three weeks to learn her lines and get performance ready via Skype rehearsals.

‘We shot it in a day and there was only one person on set with me at any given time,’ she told the publication. ‘It was completely silent apart from me talking. All day down the barrel of the lens.’

Jodie added that the main challenge was shooting every scene in a single take.

‘If ever I fluffed a line, I had to take a deep breath and go back to the beginning,’ she explained.

As well as having to do all her own hair and make-up, Jodie, pictured last year at the BAFTA LA TV Tea Party, only had three weeks to learn her lines and get performance ready via Skype rehearsals

Jodie admitted that she would love to do theatre but is ‘terrified’ by the thought of it, which she largely puts down to the fact she never went to drama school.

She added that she’s attended many theatre auditions in the past but was told she wasn’t experienced enough.

‘I wouldn’t say it was malicious, but maybe there was a little bit of a snobbery there,’ she said. ‘And the insecurity with me is that I’m not theatre trained. I’ve always been waiting for the perfect moment.’

Jodie has previously admitted that lockdown came as a welcome break for her to stay at home, after she spent the past months filming at different locations.

She told the Press Association: ‘I’ve actually been able to come home, unpack like seven suitcases because I haven’t been here, and I’ve thrown out so much rubbish.

Jodie admitted that she would love to do theatre but is ‘terrified’ by the thought of it, which she largely puts down to the fact she never went to drama school. Pictured at the British Academy Television Awards in 2017

‘And, actually, to have a bit of stillness, and be stationary, I’m actually really kind of… I’m a bit embarrassed to say I’m kind of enjoying it.

‘It’s week one for me, and I’ve got friends who are on week three, and they’re pulling their hair out, so, you can come back and ask me that in a couple of weeks and I’m sure the answer may be very different.’

Despite rumours she is Niall Horan’s new girlfriend, Jodie in fact is happily coupled up, telling British Vogue back in March: ‘I’m very much in it [love]. I think love’s the best. I’d been single for a while and just kind of going with the flow and doing my thing.

‘That’s the thing, isn’t it? When you’re relaxed and letting the universe do what it’s doing, things kind of fall into place. Which is very much what happened.’

The actress has been keeping schtum about her boyfriend’s identity other than to say that he is a man and that their relationship is ‘fairly new’.

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