Phoebe Waller-Bridge defends Fleabag in new interview with British GQ. (Picture: British GQ/Jason Hetherington)Phoebe Waller-Bridge might be the brains behind two of TV’s biggest shows, Fleabag and Killing Eve, but she’s not without her critics.
Now, the writer and actor has hit back at the British press for branding her one woman sitcom vulgar in a new interview with British GQ.
She told Tina Fey: ‘The British press were like, “[Fleabag] is the filthiest, most overly exposed, sexually exposing show ever”. They made out like I was naked the whole way through. I was like, “There is not a moment of nudity in the series”.’
She then added: ‘I just say stuff about my a******e straight down the barrel. I think that makes people feel so naked, but the language was more naked than the actual performance.’
Phoebe is now bringing Fleabag back to the stage. (Picture: British GQ/Jason Hetherington)Dressed in all black for the revealing cover interview, Phoebe also talked juggling filming Killing Eve and Fleabag at the same time, praising Jodie Comer – who plays Villanelle – for bringing the drama on screen.
‘Villanelle really grew in my mind watching Jodie, because the more playful she got, the more I was like, “We can go anywhere with this actress”,’ she said. ‘Around episode four of five, Jodie just started doing this swagger. I was just like, “Where did that come from?” And I realised it’s when she goes back to Russia, her home country, that she’s got this other personality there.’
Killing Eve series two has just wrapped, with a cliffhanger of a finale, and the BBC has confirmed the show will return for a third instalment next year – making Phoebe one of the biggest names in TV.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge features on the cover of the British GQ July issue.PWB says she was inspired to start writing and producing for the small screen by another trailblazing female comedian, Jennifer Saunders.
‘The one that I got really obsessed with was Ab Fab,’ she said.
‘That was the big TV thing that made a difference for me. I was just like, “How are they doing that? They’re actually doing that…” They were just hammered all the time! They were just doing exactly what they wanted to do. I hadn’t really seen it before.’
The full interview is available to read in the July issue of British GQ, on sale from Friday 31st May.
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