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Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh are both up for the Best Actress award for Killing Eve at this year’s Emmys, but Comer has a message for anyone who thinks this will be a “battle”. 

Killing Eve fans, rejoice! The show, which is home to our favourite and most fabulously dressed assassin, is up for nine awards at this year’s Emmys. 

Among the potential accolades, both lead stars, Jodie Comer (Villanelle) and Sandra Oh (Eve Polanski) are up for the Best Actress award. Fiona Shaw (Carolyn Martens) is also nominated for Best Supporting Actress. 

This means that Jodie Comer, who plays the deadly character, is now an Emmy-nominated actor for the first time.

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Speaking to Entertainment Weekly after finding out that she’d been nominated, Comer explained that she didn’t find out until her friends and family started messaging her.

She also had a message for anyone who thinks that being nominated for the same award as Oh is going to lead to any sort of “battle” between the two women.

“I think it’s so wonderful. I think it’s such a special position to be in — the fact that we have these two female lead characters, and we’re given the opportunity to lead this show,” she said.

“Yes, we are in the same category, and I see a lot of people saying, ‘Oh, Sandra and Jodie battle it out!’ But it’s actually such a celebration.

“It’s such a wonderful position to be in — for ourselves and for the show — to celebrate women. We texted this morning, congratulatory texts, which was lovely.”

Killing Eve, which stars Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh, is nominated for nine Emmys
Killing Eve, which stars Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh, is nominated for nine Emmys

Oh recently revealed why she and Comer rarely discuss their characters’ dynamic off-screen.

“We just play the scene,” Oh told The Sunday Times. “There’s a lot of mystery that needs to happen to keep creating, and I think it’s better to let it be.”

Both actors took to Twitter to congratulate each other and thank the show’s creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

In fact, Waller-Bridge has even more reason to celebrate, as she has counted a whopping 20 collective award nominations between Killing Eve and her other hit show Fleabag

Waller-Bridge is up for Lead Comedy Actress and Comedy Series, while co-stars Olivia Colman and Sian Clifford are up for Outstanding Supporting Actress, and Fiona Shaw for Guest Star.

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Comer has praised Waller-Bridge’s genius before. Explaining her audition for Villanelle, she told The Guardian: “I was obsessed with Fleabag. When I saw her name attached to this, I thought, ‘I’ve got to do it.’”

She also thanks her while picking up a Bafta award earlier this year, saying: “Pheeb, I feel so lucky not only to say that I have worked with you, but to call you a friend. You are the most talented person I know. Thank you for being such an inspiration.” 

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Hollie is a digital writer at Stylist.co.uk, mainly covering the daily news on women’s issues, politics, celebrities and entertainment. She also keeps an ear out for the best podcast episodes to share with readers. Oh, and don’t even get her started on Outlander…

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