Jodie Comer is telling me about her highlights of lockdown so far, while living at home with her parents and brother in Liverpool. They include, but are not limited to, eating roast dinners, sitting on the sofa watching TV and occasionally baking a Victoria sponge.
2020欧洲杯体育投注开户Although I’d like to think Jodie’s enthusiastic voice on the other end of the phone is a result of my riveting conversation, it’s more likely the way she speaks to everyone: authentically warm, well mannered, with bursts of laughter that make you feel like you’re talking to an old school friend. Only now she’s an Emmy- and Bafta- winning actor, who portrays the psychopathically mischievous (and fashion-obsessed) Russian assassin Villanelle in the BBC drama- turned-global sensation Killing Eve.
But then again, 27-year-old Jodie is full of surprises. She’s the girl-next-door who worked on the Tesco checkout at 16, harbouring an extraordinary acting talent. Completely self-taught, Jodie never attended drama school, and as anyone who has watched Killing Eve knows, she has a natural knack for accents.
She has appeared in a host of British television shows over the past nine years, including My Mad Fat Diary and Doctor Foster. She won her big break with Killing Eve in 2018, after hitting it off with its creator, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the writer and star of Fleabag. Fast-forward two years and she is now a bona-fide Hollywood star: she takes a lead role alongside Ryan Reynolds in her first action feature film, Free Guy, which is set for release in December, and last year appeared in Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker.
2020欧洲杯体育投注开户Jodie was in the middle of filming Ridley Scott’s 14th-century epic The Last Duel with Matt Damon when the Covid crisis struck. The film was put on hiatus, and since then, she has been home with her mum Donna, who works for Merseytravel, dad Jimmy, a sports-massage therapist at Everton football club, and younger brother Charlie. ‘I came home to be with my family, which has been so nice,’ she tells me.
2020欧洲杯体育投注开户‘It’s time you rarely get, and everyone’s healthy, so I’m just trying to embrace it. I guess when you can’t control things you have to surrender to it, and find the good parts. For the first month I felt like I was on some sort of holiday, and I was just shoving my face with anything that was edible in front of me.’
2020欧洲杯体育投注开户Jodie is clearly very close to her family and enjoying all the home comforts that come with living with them, such as her mum’s Sunday roasts, a weekly highlight she’d miss while filming Killing Eve. Her family would send her a picture of the roast dinner every week on their WhatsApp group. She has also been making her grandad his favourite custard tarts. But, as she tells me in very dramatic terms, which I’m fast realising must be her specific brand of humour, the pastry experience ‘nearly killed me! I don’t think I could ever come back from that. It was really traumatic. I felt so defeated.’
During April and May in lockdown, there was at least one highlight every Monday – the airing of season three of Killing Eve. The final episode went out on 1 June, and left plenty of scope for another season. Was Jodie watching it? ‘No!’ she laughs. ‘I don’t enjoy watching myself. My mum, dad and brother were watching it while I was locked away in my room.’
I’m speaking to Jodie as she’s been appointed the ambassador of the new skincare brand Noble Panacea. The brand was founded based on the ambitious research of Sir Fraser Stoddart, who was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and has since overseen the development of this range.
What’s Jodie’s approach to beauty? Well, she’s now more strict with her skincare routine, that’s for sure. ‘My face in general is such a huge part of my job, so if my skin is not looking great, it gets me down. I realised the more I look after my skin from within, or with really good products, the more comfortable I feel without make-up.’
Noble Panacea struck a chord with her for its effective, ‘not intimidating’ products that come in pre-dosaged capsules with a 30-day supply, all fully recyclable with minimal packaging. Simple, maybe, but the science is anything but: the brand’s USP is its ‘organic molecular vessels’, each one 10,000 times smaller than a skin cell, serving as a carrier of active ingredients to deliver formulas deep into the skin. ‘I feel embarrassed when I open my bathroom cabinet now and look at the overwhelming amount of products I’ve bought over the years,’ Jodie confesses.
2020欧洲杯体育投注开户‘Some are still half-full and there’s bottles and bottles of stuff just sitting there, with ingredients I don’t understand or am not quite sure how they will benefit me.’ At the end of last year, Jodie had a wake-up call. Suffering a bout of ‘hormonal skin’, she followed the advice of her London-based facialist, Jasmina Vico, and went back to basics. She follows a simple routine now, using the Noble Panacea serum, eye cream and day cream every morning, and the night cream before bed. (‘It gives you a bit of a glow when you wake up in the morning,’ she says.)
2020欧洲杯体育投注开户How does she feel about the pressure to stay looking youthful? ‘I would love to find a place within myself where I would try to embrace ageing rather than spend my whole life trying to fight the inevitable. The idea of any kind of plastic surgery absolutely terrifies me, because I know I’ll be that one-in-a-million person for whom it goes wrong. I’m definitely too much of a wimp to ever go and do something permanently.’
2020欧洲杯体育投注开户But, Jodie admits, she was more ‘obsessed’ with make-up than skincare as a teen. ‘Like many girls in the north-west of England, putting on make-up, getting ready and going out at the weekend is such a huge part of our identity. Make-up was such a craze for me and my friends.’ It is this rite of passage that led to her enrolling for a make-up course in her late teens, learning everything from a full-on smoky eye and a lip-defining pout to a proper ‘Scouse brow’. Did she ever toy with the idea of a career in make-up? ‘I always enjoyed it as a creative outlet, but only on myself. Doing other people’s make-up scares me.’
Her skills have come in handy in lockdown, however. Last month she had to do her own hair and make-up for the BBC’s revival of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads, which was released on iPlayer this week (Jodie plays an aspiring actress in Her Big Chance, a role originally played by Julie Walters in 1988). ‘I’m glad all that money I spent on the course amounted to something,’ she laughs.
2020欧洲杯体育投注开户As for her make-up favourites now, she keeps things simple with Hourglass Seamless Finish Foundation and Mac Brow gel. ‘I’ve got to have eyebrow gel,’ she insists, in a tone that is probably the most serious she’s been during our whole conversation.
2020欧洲杯体育投注开户‘I can go very minimal with make-up now, but I always feel I need to make sure my brows are locked in position before I start my day. Even when I’m filming a show, I do my brows myself; I’m a bit precious about them. I used to have no eyebrows. I remember vividly watching myself in My Mad Fat Diary, I must have been about 18, and my eyes are quite far apart anyway, but I was watching it thinking, “Why do my eyes look like they are on the side of my head?” I had plucked my brows so much that they started about halfway through each eyeball. Now I just leave them. Good brows completely lift your face.’
There was also the time, around the age of 14 or 15, that she had her long hair cut into a bob to emulate her teen icon, Alexa Chung – and was ‘absolutely devastated’ when it looked nothing like the TV presenter. She’s still not over it, she tells me: ‘I had an unhealthy obsession with [Alexa]. Me and my friends grew up watching her on Channel 4’s T4, and she was this beautiful, really funny, witty, charming person that I completely wanted to be.’
2020欧洲杯体育投注开户One hair disaster after another, the Alexa bob turned into a ‘super-styled cropped nest’, after she tore out a picture from a magazine and asked a reluctant hairstylist to recreate the look. ‘I remember getting the bus home sobbing and I opened the door and my dad said, “I told you so.” It was traumatic,’ she jokes.
Jodie is still close to her school friends, who include the Team GB heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson. ‘It’s so brilliant now because we can look back at old pictures and laugh so hard at each other. When we were growing up, we very rarely cared what we looked like, we all went through these weird kooky phases, and I love looking back at that because there’s such an innocence to it. Now everything is so magnified with social media, and there’s definitely more of a pressure for teen girls.’
Jodie herself has 1.5 million followers on Instagram, where she posts fan art and the occasional goofy video. She now keeps in shape with regular Zoom sessions with her Pilates teacher, completed in her makeshift gym at the back of her parents’ house.
‘The only way I’ll exercise,’ she insists, ‘is if someone’s waiting on the other end for me. Otherwise I’ll spend hours convincing myself it’s not a good idea. ‘I still have fun and don’t think anyone should ridicule themselves for letting loose now and again,’ she continues. ‘I was saying to my mum and dad, I hope this never happens in our lifetime again, but God knows when we’ll all get this time with family again,’ she sighs. ‘You get so busy with your life and work so it’s been nice to settle for a little bit. But I am getting a bit restless now.’
Jodie’s beauty investments
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