Netflix's 'Medical Police' star Sarayu Blue loves the 'pure ridiculousness' on the 'Childrens Hospital' spinoff
In an exclusive interview with MEA World Wide (MEAWW), she sheds light on her role in the series, talks about her three-episode arc in 'The Unicorn' and delves deep into the differences of being a part of an action-thriller and comedy-drama
A new comedy series named 'Medical Police' comes to Netflix that revolves around two physicians in São Paulo, Brazil, who discover a civilization-threatening virus and set off to find a cure for the virus and expose a conspiracy.
Known for her stint in the 2007 film 'Lions for Lambs', Sarayu Blue is a part of the show and has previously played guest roles in several popular TV shows such as 'Bones', 'The Big Bang Theory', 'Grey's Anatomy', 'Station 19', 'Veep', 'NCIS: Los Angeles' and 'Two and a Half Men'.
In an exclusive interview with MEA World Wide (MEAWW), she sheds light on her role in the series, talks about her three-episode arc in 'The Unicorn' and delves deep into the differences of being a part of an action-thriller and comedy-drama.
You will soon be seen in the series 'Medical Police', a spinoff from the four-time Emmy winning series 'Childrens Hospital' that parodies the world of medics and cops. What drew you to the character and the plot?
I was a fan of 'Childrens Hospital' and everyone involved, so 'Medical Police' was an easy yes. I love the pure ridiculousness of the world. Between that and the brilliant cast, every day was like hanging out on the playground with your favorite people.
What should Netflix viewers expect from 'Medical Police'? Tell us one thing that might leave them shocked.
Well, it's not necessarily shocking, but this is one of the first times I've gotten to be a part of the action and do some wicked fight scenes. It was an exciting turn for me. Rather than playing a doctor as I usually do, I got to play the badass agent!
In the series, viewers will see you as Sloane McIntyre, a special agent for a covert division of the CDC. How was it to portray the character and what was the most challenging aspect of filming the series?
Sloane is the campiest possible version of the straight person role. She takes herself far too seriously, which made the character supremely enjoyable to play. We all had so much fun on that set. I'd say the most challenging part was delivering a fact-ridden monologue about the covert division of the CDC and keeping a straight face while walking. Walking and talking is hard enough.
You also play a small part in CBS' new sitcom 'The Unicorn', and it has garnered good reviews for its humor and drama. What attracted you the most to the script?
What I love about 'The Unicorn' is that it's a comedy with heart. Since Wade [Felton] is a widow, the show touches on some heart-wrenching subject matter. It allows the writers to ground the comedy with some real moments. I'm also an enormous fan of Walton [Goggins] and we had a wonderful time working together. I'm a big fan of that whole cast. I felt very lucky to get to play with them.
Tell us a little about your character on 'The Unicorn' and how your three-episode arc adds a new dimension to the show.
I'm always drawn to dimensionally written and believable female characters. I loved how comfortable Anna was in her skin and that she didn't take life too seriously.
There was also something so relatable about Wade and Anna's storyline — two adults who had great chemistry, but their timing wasn't quite right. Their arc was one so many of us have experienced.
How different is it to work on an action-thriller and a comedy-drama? What challenges you more?
I think action-thrillers often involve far more technical components. Even on 'Medical Police', which is a spoof, when we did stunts and fight scenes, there was so much technical precision required for a shot to come together.
In comedy-drama, while yes, there are still technical elements, ultimately it's simpler storytelling. I don't think one challenges me more than the other, so much as they challenge me in different ways.
What's next for you? Tell us about your upcoming projects in the near future.
I'm excited to say I'm not sure what's next! I have a couple of projects I'm working on developing, and we're just beginning to get busy with the new year, so right now, I'm just gearing up for my next adventure!
Set to release on January 10, the show stars Sarayu Blue alongside Emmy-nominated leads Erinn Hayes and Rob Huebel.