Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh will grace our television screens once again in April, when the very excellent Killing Eve returns for Season 2. We almost didn’t have any new episodes of Killing Eve, though, because Comer almost died shooting a scene for the upcoming season. Cause of near-death? Some rather dry pasta.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Comer and Oh remember the terrifying moment with Comer’s life flashed before her eyes:
I heard that the filming of a pasta-eating scene with Villanelle almost led to an untimely demise.
COMER: Oh. My. God!
OH: That was scary!
COMER: This is actually really triggering. I told my brother about it and he was like, “I love this. Of all the things that could have killed Villanelle, it was a mouthful of pasta.”
The pasta might have been a non-issue, if Comer hadn’t committed to doing the scene with Villanelle’s signature gusto:
COMER: It’s a scene where she’s eating some pasta in a very grotesque way. She’s trying to prove a point about something. She’s playing it up, being her usual childish self, and the pasta was extremely dry. And it was extremely thick. I was shoveling it in, and then it just shot down my throat and then I was full-on choking.
Thankfully, a medic saved Comer’s life; not-so-thankfully, the other actor who was doing the scene with Comer thought she was just trying out a new bit for her character. The interview doesn’t name the actor, but let’s get that guy some first-aid classes, for future reference.
The good news is Comer is fine, except for the fact that she hates pasta now. (Understandable.) But at least she and Oh can laugh about this for years to come. “It’s only funny because you’re fine,” Oh said to Comer in the interview. Nothing like a near-death experience to bring people together.