Why Killing Eve's Jodie Comer Has A 'Newfound Respect' For Clowns

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As more shows slip into a dry spell, Killing Eve is primed to return to BBC America with Season 3. These new episodes will feature the same drama and tension of past seasons, and apparently, actress Jodie Comer in a clown suit. Villanelle is seen dressed as a clown in the early trailers for the new season and apparently, the experience of filming those scenes had a profound effect on Comer.

In an interview ahead of the premiere of Killing Eve Season 3, Jodie Comer said she has a "newfound respect" for clowns after that day of filming. Comer talked to TVLine about her brief stint as a clown and shared something about the clowning profession that may be taken for granted by those who have never worked as clowns:

I actually have a newfound respect for clowns after wearing that costume. We shot that in Barcelona, and it was so hot. I don’t even know what material that costume was made out of, but it was not breathable, and those shoes are so hard to walk in. When I left the set that day, I was like, ‘You know what? Hats off to them, that they manage to stay smiling and entertain kids, when actually it’s just pure misery underneath.

Jodie Comer probably didn't have to be too jovial in her clown costume, but that's just an assumption based on Villanelle's general demeanor. The trailer for Season 3 of Killing Eve shows Villanelle scaring children away with her chaotic presence, so perhaps Comer channeled how miserable she was in that clown suit to really drive that performance over the top.

Villanelle as a clown will be a fun thing for fans to look forward to, many of which may be eager to find out where Killing Eve goes after Season 2's ending. The previous season concluded with Eve being shot by Villanelle. The assassin believed she had killed Eve but, as Season 3's official synopsis has revealed, that's not the case:

For Villanelle, the assassin without a job, Eve is dead. As for Eve, the ex-MI6 operative is hiding in plain sight, hoping that Villanelle will never find her. All seems fine until a shocking death sets them on a collision course yet again. The journey back to each other will cost both of them friends, family, and allegiances. And perhaps a share of their souls.

The stage is now set for more drama, more violence, and more clowns than ever before. Killing Eve looks like its doing all the right things to ensure another critically acclaimed season, though I can't say for certain until the series is back on television.

Killing Eve returns to BBC America Sunday, April 12, at 9:00 p.m. ET. Continue to stick with CinemaBlend for all the latest news happening in television and movies, and for continued updates on how the coronavirus pandemic could affect your favorite television.

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