The actress, 26, has made her ruthless assassin a TV heroine who is loved by millions of viewers.
She said: “I think the audience relate to Villanelle in ways that they may not want to.
“I always refer back to the opening sequence in season one, where she knocks the ice cream over the little girl.
“I’m sure we’ve all wanted to do that before, but we never have. I think they admire her and want to high-five her.”
Jodie added: “Her playfulness and childlike quality take away the terror at moments where we should really hate her.
“She’s so much fun to play. She gets away with murder, quite literally, but I love her.”
The first series of Killing Eve was a massive hit when it launched last year. It pulled in big ratings around the world and netted a string of top awards, including BAFTAs and Golden Globes.
Jodie said: “The response was enormous. I’ve never been part of a show that’s had such an amazing reaction, so it’s been really lovely.
“It’s really nice coming to season two knowing there are people eagerly waiting for the continuation of the story.” The show’s second series starts on Saturday on BBC One at 9.15pm.
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