PASADENA, Calif. — When BBC America presented a Q&A at the Television Critics Association for its new thriller Killing Eve Friday, the panel consisted entirely of women. Two producers and four actresses, including star Sandra Oh, were on the panel, and Oh took notice at a time when there's a call for better representation of women in entertainment.
“This is the (needed) change we’re talking about,” the Grey’s Anatomy alum said, adding that much of that springs from putting the show in the hands of writer and executive producer Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag).
"This is a young person who has a creative voice who writes her own play. Someone takes a big chance and says, ‘Why don’t you do an entire show?’ … and BBC America says, ‘You can cast it how you want.’ This is a little bit of the (needed) change I feel this panel represents.”
In Killing (April 8), which has a good dose of humor and is based on Luke Jennings’ Villanelle novellas, Oh’s Eve, a bored MI5 security officer who wants to be a spy, pursues Villanelle (Jodie Comer), a psychopathic assassin with a creative flair.
Villanelle “very much enjoys killing people. … She’s very clever (and) such a free character,” Comer said, adding: “She’s a little bit crazy.”
Killing’s cast reflects an openness to new directions, Oh said: Eve is white in the novellas.
“I am not white. I am Asian. And I must say, I was extremely pleased that wasn’t taken into consideration in the casting,” she said.
Oh said Killing marks a big departure from Grey’s Anatomy, which she left in 2014, and her character, surgeon Cristina Yang.
“I feel in a completely different and separate world with Killing Eve,” Oh said. Eve and Cristina “are both determined characters. What so interested me in Eve … is she doesn’t have things under control. She’s quite insecure, and has not found her voice.”