Jodie Comer was desperate to be part of "Killing Eve" because it was such an "absurd and unique" story.
The 25-year-old actress plays psychopath assassin Villanelle in the BBC drama and once she was offered the chance to read for the part she wanted the role because she has so much respect for writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge's work.
Speaking to Stylist magazine, Jodie said: "It's absurd, it's unique and that's down to Phoebe's voice. She says things other people don't. People would say, "You can't say that", and Phoebe's always said, "Why can't I?" What I learnt from Phoebe was to dare to do whatever you want. Don't be scared to fall flat on your face. You don't realise how much you are constantly thinking about what someone else is going to perceive you as. When you meet people who don't care it is so refreshing. This was the first script in such a long time where I thought, "This is brilliant." I hadn't worked at all that year and this was in May time. I loved "Fleabag" so I knew whatever Phoebe did would be brilliant."
Jodie - who stars in "Killing Eve" alongside Sandra Oh, who plays MI5 agent Eve Polastri who is tasked with catching Villanelle - felt like she could relate to her "lonely" character.
She said: "I think she is lonely. In episode one she says, "I just want someone to watch movies with." I think that's something we've all felt. We're probably at a time in history where we have all this social media and you'd think it would bring people together more, and obviously it can, but it does exclude people and it can bring a lot of anxiety."