Thank you to my lovely friend Anna for translating. You’re awesome, as always!
What is the Night Shift about?
The Night Shift is a very turbulent medical drama. A lot is happening there, I have never seen something like this before on TV. It’s really like this – I neither knew before – that a night shift in a hospital is different from the day. At night all the crazy people come to the hospital (laughs)! The show is a great mix of dramatic and emotional situations. There are many thrilling moments for the patients as well as in the private lives of the hospital’s staff. The special thing about The Night Shift however is the involvement of the different experiences in the army, because many doctors on the show come from the army. So it’s really exciting as there is always something happening. But there are also many funny moments on the show!
How would you describe your part in The Night Shift?
I play Dr. TC Callahan, a former army-doctor, who was in Afghanistan with some other doctors. TC experienced many difficulties on the front line. Physicians have sometimes more difficult jobs than the soldiers since the doctors are often in the enemy’s focus. When they eliminate the doctors, it’s a big advantage for them in the end. TC very often thinks back to his time in Afghanistan and he works in the night shift for a reason – he is an adrenaline(-)junkie. But that’s also why it’s so difficult for him to keep up relationships and friendships sometimes and to live a normal life. He is an impulsive guy, easily to provoke, at the same time he is a great doctor as well. He just doesn’t like it when you tell him what to do.
Does TC’s stubbornness result from his experiences as an army doctor?
His character was definitely influenced a lot from his time in Afghanistan. He went his own way and always felt responsible for his patients. That’s the same way he deals with the things in the hospital. He doesn’t wait for instructions, he just acts at once. But that causes problems for him every now and then because there are strict rules in medicine. The treatment of patients has a lot to do with laws nowadays. So he can’t always go his own way and do whatever he wants, even though his intentions are good.
What happens during the night shift?
There are incredibly many different cases, but almost all of them are extraordinary: People with bullet wounds, different drug-problems, victims of violence, car accidents, extreme operations… And in one episode there even was a child that had a weird psychotic illness, that reminded me a bit of Steven King’s Carrie. All these people are rescued – and that in the middle of the night! It’s always crazy and never normal.
Are you advised by real doctors and real nurses?
We have two consultants on the set, Susie and Zac. They explain everything about medicine to us that we have to know. I tried to work through medical books myself, but after some time I noticed that it’s extremely stressful… It’s way easier to ask Susie (laughs). And thus she tells me what to do.