The second and final season of BBC dramedy Fleabag has left viewers lusting at the character played by Andrew Scott.
The Irish actor plays an unnamed Catholic priest in the critically acclaimed series with and by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the mastermind behind award-winning drama Killing Eve.
Scott addressed his recent ‘hot priest’ status in an interview with ITV talk show Lorraine, with guest host Christine Lampard.
Warning: Spoilers for the second season of Fleabag ahead
That confessional scene
The show’s lovers appreciated the exceptional chemistry in the intimate scenes between Fleabag, played by Waller-Bridge, and Scott.
During a confession, Scott’s character asks Fleabag to ‘kneel’ before passionately kissing her.
Talking about those powerfully sensual scenes, Scott explained he never used to be a sex symbol. Nor he expected his character to receive all those thirsty comments by fans.
‘I sure didn’t. [Especially Growing up] with all those not-hot priests – no offence to the priests who taught me in Catholic Dublin,’ he said.
‘It’s been amazing, it’s been absolutely incredible. I knew it was a beautiful script but the effect that it’s had on people is amazing.’
He continued: ‘I used to go to these drama classes when I was a kid and I was shaking going in and then something just sort of happened.’
‘I had this little sort of lisp, quite a strong lisp, and it really helped with that. I think drama is really good for kids… even if they don’t become professional actors, even just to learn how to get up in front of strangers.’
Scott and Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Scott also opened up on his ten-year friendship with Waller-Bridge.
‘We did a play about 10 years ago, we had this amazing meeting last summer, she rang me up to talk about Fleabag and we spoke about love and loss…,’ he said.
‘We wanted to really convey love in a proper sense. They are flawed characters. I think that’s why people really respond to Fleabag, the characters are messed up and we all look for love in the wrong places,’ he added.
‘Just because it is funny doesn’t mean that there isn’t that heartbreaking sad element.’
He furthermore said: ‘I am very grateful. I absolutely adore Phoebe, she is incredibly gifted and playful.
‘People have called [Fleabag] this great feminist piece, which of course it is, but it’s so full of humanity and there are so many different relationships represented… it’s incredible.’
Scott’s upcoming roles
Scott is best known for the role of Jim Moriarty in BBC drama Sherlock, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.
Cumberbatch and Scott will reunite for the upcoming World War I movie 1917. Scott will also star in Steel Country, a thriller set in the US.