There was no meet cute for āOne Dayā stars Leo Woodall and Ambika Mod
Ambika Mod and Leo Woodall, the stars of decade-spanning romance āOne Day,ā reveal their chemistry reading was nothing if not awkward, as the series based on David Nichollsā bestseller launches on Netflix. (Feb. 6)
LONDON (Āé¶¹“«Ć½app) ā There was no meet cute for Ambika Mod and Leo Woodall.
The British actors star as Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew, two students who meet by chance in 1988, on the last day of university in āOne Day,ā the new Netflix series based on David Nichollsā bestseller.
What could have been a one-night stand turns into a relationship of laughter, joy, angst and heartbreak that lasts through four decades. The show, which releases Thursday on Netflix, revisits them on July 15 over the years.
The 2009 novel was previously made into a film starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, following the characters through various incarnations as a waitress, teacher, TV presenter, writer and cafe owner.
Mod and Woodall, known for their respective breakthrough roles in hospital drama āThis Is Going to Hurtā and the Sicily-set season of āThe White Lotus,ā met in the waiting room for the all-important chemistry test.
āShe was talking to another potential Dexter, and I was like, āOh God, how do I get in here?āā Woodall remembers.
āI said, āOh, nice shoesā. And it was like, not mid-scene, but it was while we were supposed to be working and it kind of all just fell flat,ā he says.
Maybe it was meant to be, as they were both cast ā despite Mod initially turning down the opportunity.
āI feel like I always go in at the 11th hour. The same with āThis Is Going to Hurt.ā I was like the last person they saw. So it seems to be happening a lot. But whatās meant for you wonāt pass you by,ā Mod says. āI sat with not doing it for a long time before I said yes, but I donāt know what I was thinking?ā
APspoke to Mod and Woodall about kissing, payphones and fame. Answers have been edited for brevity and clarity.
Āé¶¹“«Ć½app: People are going to be falling in love with Emma and Dexter again, and with you two. Are you prepared for the wave of love coming your way?
WOODALL: We love love.
MOD: We do love love. I havenāt personally thought about it. I keep saying that Feb. 8 is my death day, because everything after that is just black. Iāve no idea what to expect, but I hope people like it.
Āé¶¹“«Ć½app: Are you ready for the extra level of interest that comes along with being internet boyfriends and girlfriends?
MOD: I feel like you sort of already are an internet boyfriend.
WOODALL: (Laughs) I donāt think so.
MOD: I think youāre fully there already.
WOODALL: We both just really want the show to be great, but all that kind of extra stuff is, I donāt know, you kind of just have to navigate on the day.
Āé¶¹“«Ć½app: The show discusses fame too ā what was your favorite Dex era?
WOODALL: When they get together and heās kind of let go of all that (fame) hoo-ha, and heās just kind of content and normal and heās got his cafe and heās just sort of content. I love that bit.
Āé¶¹“«Ć½app: What was your favorite bit of tech?
MOD: We had to be taught a lot how to use things because I was born in ā95. I had to be told how to use the payphone. It was quite an intricate process because we didnāt know what was going on.
Āé¶¹“«Ć½app: Can you remember your first on-screen kiss?
MOD: This guy.
WOODALL: Was it?
MOD: Yeah, itās the last kiss in the series. That was my first on-screen kiss.