Catch me a killer

‘Catch Me A Killer’ to premiere on Showmax. Image Supplied

‘Game of Thrones’ actress on playing SA’s first-ever serial-killer profiler in ‘Catch Me A Killer’

‘There’s a difference between empathising with someone and condoning someone’s actions’ : Charlotte Hope on her role in ‘Catch Me A Killer’.

Catch me a killer

‘Catch Me A Killer’ to premiere on Showmax. Image Supplied

Charlotte Hope, who played Myranda in Game of Thrones and headlined Starz’s The Spanish Princess as Catherine of Aragon, stars in Catch Me A Killer as Micki Pistorius, South Africa’s first-ever serial-killer profiler. 

Adapted from Pistorius’ memoir of the same name, the Showmax Original has just made history by being named the first South African series to crack top international festival SeriesMania, who call the show, “A female Mindhunter in the guise of a wonderfully-produced true-crime series.”

In his four-star review in Rapport, Leon van Nierop writes, “Showmax hits the jackpot again with a dark, creepy but highly realistic adaptation of Micki Pistorius’s Catch Me a Killer… It’s one of the best true crime series ever.”

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What is Catch Me A Killer about? 

Catch Me A Killer is a story of the first female profiler in South Africa: a woman called Micki Pistorius. It’s her experience of understanding the psychology of serial killers to help the police catch and prosecute them.

Why did you want to be involved? 

The simple answer is that my agent sent me the scripts and, genuinely, they were the best scripts I’d read in a really long time. 

It’s a world that I find completely fascinating. I’ve always really been interested in the psychology of criminals and the psychology of serial killers. I spent a lot of the pandemic with my partner listening to a YouTube channel called JCS – Criminal Psychology. It’s amazing. Basically, it takes you through unedited interviews with criminals, and shows you what the psychology is from point to point to point. So it shows you when they’re coercing, when they’re threatening, when they’re trying to get you on their side. 

So when Catch Me A Killer landed in my lap, it felt like kismet. Most of the time, when you’re an actor, you get a project and you get to research all new stuff. When I got this, I realised I had actually been researching this on my own for a year. Then I got to study loads more. I’m a big nerd so that was really fun.

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Micki uses her psychology training to really get into the minds of murderers, so she can help the police catch them. How do you think the audience will respond to her trying to empathise with serial killers?

There’s a difference between empathising with someone and condoning someone’s actions. Micki, as a psychologist, had a huge amount of empathy for these people. There’s a bit in her book where she says, “Serial killers are not monsters. They are human beings with tortured souls. I will never condone what they do but I can understand them.” That’s also what I’m really trying to do as an actor. I can’t judge my characters; I have to empathise with them. 

A lot of serial killers, even in our show, are desperate to be caught. Because it’s a pathology. And it’s an instinct that they can’t stop and they need to be stopped. For Micki, the only way to stop them is by empathising with them, because understanding them, understanding their thought processes and understanding why they act the way they do, is the only way that you can trace them and catch them.

What was the most challenging scene to shoot?

The really long monologues. Those are stressful because I’m just terrified about not f*cking it up. 

There was also a day when I was covered in live maggots, and I had a stomach bug… 

But I’m a pretty determined person, and I like to think that I’m quite brave. So there’s very little that felt too much, other than my own self-doubt and criticism.