Andrew Scott would never have taken his role in “Fleabag” if the priest had been written as “hot.”
Appearing Global’s “The Late Show” on Tuesday night, the actor spoke to host Stephen Colbert about taking on the now-iconic and much-lusted-after part.
“It was written as The Priest, the internet has adopted the character as The Hot Priest,” Scott said. “Otherwise I think I would have been kind of intimidated.”
He added, “When we first started talking about this character we wanted him to be a good man who has a genuine dilemma between his love of this woman and his love of the Church.”
In creating the character, Scott also wanted to make sure things felt real.
“That’s a real dilemma for a lot of people so we wanted it not to be just a gimmicky love story so the fact that the world has embraced it is really genuinely cool,” he said.