NBC’s Transplant is the latest medical drama to become a hit. The series isn’t like the other doctor-focused shows we’ve seen before.
It follows Bashir Hamed (Hamza Haq), an ER doctor who fled his native Syria to come to Canada and has to overcome obstacles to resume his career in the world of medicine. The intriguing story has been met with some fantastic reviews and ratings.
Hidden Remote had the pleasure of chatting with Laurence Leboeuf about her role as Magalie Leblanc, an analytical second-year resident who isn’t shy about pushing herself relentlessly. We have seen Magalie grow into her own in the hospital from season one to the first four episodes of season two.
Leboeuf also spoke on working with Hamza Haq and the preparation that goes into each episode. Watch the video interview below.
Laurence Leboeuf on her role as Magalie Leblanc on NBC’s Transplant
Hidden Remote: What attracted you to the role of Magalie?
Laurence Leboeuf: It was definitely her brain. It was definitely her kind of know it all attitude. She was the first in her class, and she knows everything. She’s the best at everything; she wants to be anyway. Very compassionate, very work-driven. I really wanted her to, and I keep saying this, but I really wanted her to be kind of like the Hermione Granger of the ER.
HR: What preparation did you do for this role?
Leboeuf: We were really lucky because we got to do some boot camps, as we call them. So, you know, even before we started the first season, we had a number of them just to learn the basics of certain manipulations and certain things that we were going to be asked to do. When we have really big medical scenes coming up, we rehearse them on the weekend. So we have about four hours to prepare for them with a medical consultant, with nurses, and we get to ask all our questions and go from there.
HR: You star next to Hamza, what’s it been like working with him?
Leboeuf: Yeah, it’s been amazing since day one. I mean, he’s not only an incredibly talented actor, but such a profound human being and someone who loves his craft and who loves acting, and we can totally feel that and feed off that. I mean, I love acting as well, so when you meet someone who is as thrilled to create a scene and to search for the perfect or the best way to do it and to just go deeper into how to do this and– I mean, he’s an amazing partner and his dedication to this role is just really inspiring and it’s been really great, really great.
Transplant airs Sundays on NBC at 9 PM EST