“I owe everything to ‘Potter'” – Daniel Radcliffe talks “A Young Doctor’s Notebook”

In a new interview with the Telegraph, Daniel Radcliffe and his co-star Jon Hamm discuss their show A Young Doctor’s Notebook and what’s in store for the show’s second season.

Dan not only discusses his passion for the show, which grew from his love for Mikhail Bulgakov, who wrote the book the series is based on, but also about his Potter past:

Growing up on the set of Harry Potter, I spent an incredible amount of time filming things. One of the lovely things about my work since has been the pace I get to move about. You get a sense of momentum. In this we would knock off six scenes a day. There is such a sense of achievement… I owe everything to Potter, but playing a character for so long gives you this pent-up energy and desire to try as many different things as possible. The films I made last year and A Young Doctor have been huge leaps forward for me. I think I am getting better at knowing what I am good and not good for.

Other highlights of the interview include Dan’s revelation of how the writers of the show keep him guessing and what it’s like for he and Jon Hamm to play the same person.

The script would say, “Dan sings in Italian” or “Dan breaks out into a funny dance.” I don’t speak Italian, and the only funny dance I know I plagiarised from How to Succeed. I think the writers took great pleasure in seeing what Jon and I would do. But I have a lot of trust in them. So if they have me dancing in a clown costume, I know it will be for very good reasons.

You wouldn’t think of us as looking the same, but we can be made to look the same. I think Jon and I try to let some of each other in. A tiny fraction of his phlegmatic thing has come into my performance, and a little bit of my mania has seeped into him, so we are starting to share the same personality traits.

Be sure to check out the full interview here. Did you enjoy the first season of A Young Doctor’s Notebook? Will you be tuning in for season two?

Jessica J.

I've been making magic at MuggleNet since 2012, when I first joined the staff as a News intern. I've never wavered from the declaration in my childhood journal, circa October 2000: "I LOVE Harry Potter! If I clean my room, my mom says she'll make me a dinner a wizard would love!" Proud Gryffindor; don't hate.