Olivia Colman Interview (Peep Show)
Olivia Colman’s been in some of the best comedies of the last ten years – Peep Show, Green Wing, The Office, Black Books, Look Around You. We catch up with the nicest woman working in comedy to talk chat about Peep Show, Sophie and the secret of her success.
Did you always want to be a comedian?
I think no, I always imagined I’d be playing Lady Macbeth and Medea and things, but it turned out I wasn’t very good at that. So luckily I got work doing comedy acting - actoring - and I love it.
So it wasn’t something I’d ever imagined doing, I thought I’d be a serious actress, but it was very lovely and actually I much prefer it.
I get quite nervous if I have to do a drama-ry thing.
Is that because you find you’re much better at comedy, so it’s easier?
I don’t know. I find it easier, it seems like there’s an obvious way to do it that’s funny, but with drama there are endless options, and, I don’t know, I find it scary and like I’m going to be found out - ha ha ha!
A proper actor’s going to find out and go ‘You can’t do it, that’s wrong!’