Killing Eve star Jodie Comer has revealed the sinister secret behind the success of the show.
Jodie stars as hired assassin Villanelle, and reckons people like the show so much because they want to be more like the killer character themselves.
Liverpool-born Jodie, 26, will be back on screens soon when the second series returns to BBC One and iPlayer next weekend.
Despite being a murderer, Villanelle is beloved by millions of viewers, and Jodie thinks she knows why.
The actress, who won a BAFTA TV Award for her role, told the Daily Star Sunday : "I think the audience relate to Villanelle in ways that they may not want to.
"I always refer back to the opening sequence in season one, where she knocks the ice cream over the little girl.
"I’m sure we’ve all wanted to do that before, but we never have. I think they admire her and want to high-five her."
She added: "Her playfulness and childlike quality take away the terror at moments where we should really hate her."
Jodie says the audience often sympathises with Villanelle or agrees with her, which makes her seem more like them.
The stars says when she first became involved in the show, written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, she expected her character to be the "total opposite" of how she is.
She says Villanelle feels more "real" than she expected her to.
Jodie thinks it's Villanelle's sense of humour that makes her so relatable to the audience.
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