Killing Eve's Edward Bluemel on Playing Hugo, MI6's Resident Annoying Rich Kid
As it turns out, Eve Polastri isn't finished with MI6 after all. Despite being fired from the intelligence agency by her boss Carolyn last season, Eve is back working for the government, albeit with a few new co-workers.
One of those fresh faces on her team is Hugo, an obnoxious Eton-educated intern, who has some serious issues with authority.
"Nobody’s ever said 'no' to him in his life," says actor Edward Bluemel, who plays the low-man on the MI6 totem pole. "He’s very over-familiar with everyone, and he has no respect for authority at all because as far as he’s concerned, why should he?"
At first glance, Hugo's a stereotypically annoying rich kid and the epitome of privilege—it's safe to presume that his father pulled some strings to get him this job. But he's also undeniably alluring.
"He knows exactly what he wants, and he’s very manipulative and he knows exactly how to get it," Bluemel says, and those negative qualities are exactly what make the character "great fun to act, but probably not as [fun] to live."
Edward Bluemel appears in Killing Eve alongside fellow newcomer Nina Sosanya, who plays Jess.
Bluemel joined Killing Eve just as the show was picking up steam in the States, but hadn't yet jumped across the pond.
"When I first got cast, [the show] hadn’t come out in the U.K. yet, and nobody was really talking about it at all," Bluemel said. But, as he put it, over the course of filming season two, "everything completely changed."
"There were posters everywhere," he said. "At one point, me and Sandra were filming in Peckham in London and like across the back of the shot while we were filming, a massive double decked bus went past with just Sandra’s face on it and Killing Eve in massive letters."
Bluemel credits the core cast with helping him find his confidence on set. "It’s easy to be nervous, I think, when you come in as a new actor. I haven’t done a huge amount of work before, I’ve done bits and pieces, but suddenly to come in to a show this big... it was brilliant," he says.
"[The cast] seemed very assured of what they were doing, confident about the work. [That attitude] couldn’t help but rub off a bit on me as a new character."
And while Bluemel was fairly tight-lipped about exactly what's to come for his character this season, he did tease that Hugo knows his way around a fried chicken shop.
"I think there’s going to be a few surprises with Hugo," he said.
"Viewers are going to love to hate him, but then, I really hope that there are aspects of his personality that they’ll genuinely quite enjoy. He’s very unpredictable. I think that’s all I can really tease without saying too much, oh, and he loves a good fried chicken shop as well."
It's a vague indication that Hugo could play a larger role in the season's progression. But Killing Eve isn't all Bluemel has going on this spring. For an up-and-coming actor, landing a role on one hit series is no small feat, but he's actually in two shows on AMC right now.
In a striking coincidence, he's also appearing in A Discovery of Witches, which airs directly after Killing Eve on AMC. In that show, he plays Marcus, a 261-year-old vampire in a 20-something's body.
"It feels amazing. I feel so privileged to be able to say that that’s the case," he said of the back-to-back programs, hoping there will be fans who watch both shows.
“You get a bit of female espionage followed by a bit of vampire action, what’s not to love?”
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*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
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