Phoebe Waller-Bridge Just Revealed The Reason Why She Won’t Act In ‘Killing Eve’
Following the stunningly catastrophic Season 2 finale on Sunday, May 26, fans now have a better understanding of why Phoebe Waller-Bridge won’t act in Killing Eve. Waller-Bridge, series creator of the highly-addictive BBC America thriller, joined The Hollywood Reporter‘s Comedy Actresses Roundtable alongside comedians Maya Rudolph, Regina Hall, Jane Fonda, Tiffany Haddish, Alex Borstein, and Natasha Lyonne to discuss the acclaimed series starring Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer.
During the roundtable, Waller-Bridge explained why writing herself into Killing Eve “just didn’t feel right.”
While a role in the spy thriller didn’t make sense for the series creator, Waller-Bridge explained that she felt more at home with her role in Fleabag, the critically-acclaimed comedy drama series she created for BBC. The British series follows titular character Fleabag (Waller-Bridge), a dry-witted woman contending with the trials and tribulations of life and love in London as she grapples with grief. She told the roundtable of her character, “[With] something like Fleabag, that character comes from the depths of me.”
During the discussion, she also touched on the decision to bring Fleabag back for a second (and final) season after a three year gap — one she didn’t initially intend to make:
In the second season of Fleabag, Waller-Bridge laid bare the inner confrontations Fleabag had to face in regards to her best friend’s death. With the introduction of Andrew Scott’s character as The Priest, Season 2 was filled with spiritual yearnings, poignant explorations of grief, and, of course, comedic moments that left fans reeling with the complex character.
During the roundtable, Waller-Bridge also reflected on how she’s similar to her fictional counterpart. “It is both for better and for worse because Fleabag says what she thinks, whether it’s to the camera privately or in real life, she says what she really thinks in the moment. I think I’m still learning how to do that,” she said. “Writing for me is how I do that. I write women who don’t give a shit. I’m teaching myself how to be [that woman] and I feel such a catharsis when I turn to the camera and say that f*cking line. It’s such an amazing feeling.”
While Fleabag has come to its conclusion, perhaps Waller-Bridge will potentially return to her Killing Eve roots. The series creator exited the thriller as a writer after Season 1, but given Killing Eve’s third season renewal, perhaps she’ll be inspired to return for a role that feels more organic this time around.
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