Phoebe Waller-Bridge Q&A: ‘Fleabag’
“The dream had always been to straddle film and theater and TV,” Phoebe Waller-Bridge reveals in her interview with Gold Derby (watch the exclusive video above). Waller-Bridge is in between seasons of “Fleabag,” a British comedy produced by Amazon that originated as a one-woman play that she wrote and performed.
She is using the break to act in the Han Solo spin-off film of the “Star Wars” franchise, as well as write the miniseries “Killing Eve” for BBC America. “There was a real opportunity to break out of comedy,” she explains with regard to the latter. “The idea of doing an eight-hour thriller just felt like a surprising right-hand turn.” There are also rumors that Waller-Bridge is in contention to succeed Peter Capaldi in the iconic role of Doctor Who; she would be the 13th to play the part and the first woman. “I am not allowed to say anything about that, one way or the other,” Waller-Bridges teases.
Having recently scored six BAFTA nominations for its six-episode debut season, “Fleabag” has been moving up in Gold Derby’s odds as an Emmy contender, with Waller-Bridge’s lead performance notably ranking among the top 10 most likely for a Best Comedy Actress nomination.
The Critics’ Choice Awards introduced “Fleabag” to the awards conversation back in November when they nominated it for Best Comedy Series and Actress. Waller-Bridge muses, “I first performed it in this dripping, stinking cave at the Edinburgh Festival with like 60 people [in attendance]. To have gone all the way to the Critics’ Choice, it was a real sort of emotional moment that the Americans and that the awards circuit had embraced the show and that all the risks that we’d taken [had resulted in a show that] had really not only been watched, but appreciated by people over here.” She adds, “I’ve been watching American TV since as long as I can remember, so it was a huge thing.”
Waller-Bridge has submitted the series premiere of “Fleabag” for Emmy consideration in the Best Comedy Writing race. She explains, “It’s the episode that kicks everything off and I find episode-ones the hardest to write, so I’m hoping that they take that into consideration.” If nominated for Best Comedy Actress, Waller-Bridge is likely to submit the same episode as her acting showcase because of the “rainbow of emotions.”