“Killing Eve” character Fiona Shaw, MI6 boss Carolyn Martens, is always mysterious – but which will change in Season 3, premiered at 9 pm Sunday on BBC America and AMC.
“The audience knows Carolyn better [this season]”Shaw, 61, told The Post on the telephone from his London home.
“When you enter the third season, the audience knows the characters very well so it’s very important for them to go deeper into those people,” he said. “The audience knows what they know – but they need to be fed new aspects of the character. I think this season do that with everyone. “
The spy thriller Emmy nominated follows a cat and mouse game between killer Villanelle (Jodie Comer) and former MI6 operative Eve (Sandra Oh). Season 2 sees Eve and Villanelle working together to defeat a common enemy, however it ended in a tense tone, with Villanelle shooting Eve and letting her die.
But none of the drama would have been possible without Carolyn pulling the rope.
“I like that he is very smart and very funny and very strong, but he is full of flaws,” said Shaw, who got an Emmy nod for the role. “I think he speaks the language of people more than 40s and also appeals to younger people. He sort of 20th century rolled into one. He was clearly trained by the post-Cold War MI6 operators. And he was very cool, but he was not in vain … he took Eve under his wings, which is a strong thing to do. He is a very generous person, in many ways. “
Shaw said he could not say much about the Season 3 plot, but described it as “darker.” He also said that Carolyn got a new assistant who provided comic relief.
“The writing is incredible, and this season the story has gone off,” he said. “Carolyn has an amazing new assistant, Mo [played by Raj Bajaj], who’s very funny. In some ways I think the story has darkened. “
Shaw born in Ireland – who divides his time between London and New York with economist / writer, Sonali Deraniyagala – known as the “Harry Potter” franchise (he plays Petunia Dursley) and for his theater work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Broadway and the National Theater – who provided an impossible inspiration for her role as Carolyn.
“In some ways, [Carolyn] very much like my boss at the National Theater – Baroness Jenny McIntosh, “Shaw said. “Jenny has many qualities that Carolyn has. I did not try to make it an icon; I tried to make it smart and as real as possible. I like everything about him. It is interesting that he is not afraid of Villanelle, he is not afraid of Eve. He is a person who is not afraid.
“However, he also must face the seriousness of various threats that confront him, so he is a high-octane person,” he said. “When I was in New York playing Medea [on Broadway] it’s also a high octane person, but more visceral. “
Before his role in “Killing Eve,” Shaw had no personal interest in espionage stories – but he has since plunged into the genre, he said.
“I don’t think I’ve ever approached a spy story. I later; I’ve just read most of PD James, because I’m interested in the idea of a detective to find out who did what,” he said. “But not since I was a teenager I was interested in detective literature … So in that way, it’s very refreshing for me to play a big moral hero, whether it’s ‘Happy Days’ or ‘Medea’ or ‘Electra’ Beckett – and playing someone who has no morality at all.
“That is new territory for me.”
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