Sandra Oh gave a bizarre interview to Gay Times in advance of Killing Eve’s season two premiere in the UK, and we’re all mad about it.
Whether due to editing or the format of the interview or Oh’s own lack of clarity, it’s not entirely apparent what she means in her reply to the question of a “romance” between Eve and Villanelle:
Fans began to question if the show could explore the sexuality of its leading ladies. And could that possibly mean a romance together?
It’s a discussion that the show’s star, Golden Globe winner and SNL host Sandra Oh was quick to dismiss, saying to GAY TIMES that the idea is sadly not a “focus or a message” for the show.
“You guys are tricky because you want to make it into something… but it just isn’t,” Sandra – who plays MI5 security officer Eve Polastri – said on the phone from New York.
“That’s also why I think sexuality and discovery of the wider reaches of sexuality is the theme of the show – why it’s interesting to people. It’s not one thing or another.”
Nothing in there is entirely categorical: to say that a romantic or sexual relationship between the two women is not the “focus or message” of the show is not to say that it won’t be present at all. And the last paragraph makes things even less clear; a same-sex relationship is not the focus, but the “wider reaches of sexuality” is the theme of the show.
Most likely this is Oh’s way of acknowledging the obvious – that there is powerful sexual tension between Eve and Villanelle – while refusing to politicize the show (as if it isn’t already) by allowing it to be unapologetically queer:
Jodie added Villanelle’s sexuality was actually never explicitly discussed during the development of her character.
“I think what I love as well is that Villanelle’s sexuality was never discussed – it was who she was and I love that,” she tells us. “It is who she is and that was that.”
Responding to Jodie, Sandra continues: “And I think that’s how the show has moved on. No one needs to focus on or put quotations around things, with it being sexuality or race. You don’t have to put quotations around things because that’s actually not how we live. I think that’s one way that people responded.”
This is just extending “I don’t see race” to cover sexuality as well. But the silver lining is that maybe Eve and Villanelle will fuck after all. They just won’t be gay about it.