One Day stars Ambika Mod and Leo Woodall have shared some surprising insights into how the new Netflix show is filmed.
Less than a week after starting filming, the streaming service’s adaptation of David Nicholls’ much-loved book has been a huge success, dominating the platform’s most-watched shows and earning rave reviews from critics.
Speaking to Talk News Uk before the show debuted, Ambika said of One Day: “Reading the book and especially after watching the series, it was a real pleasure. And I think we’re looking for content that’s really fun and comfortable to watch.
“I think a few years ago we wanted to dwell a bit on our feelings, emotions and sadness, but now I think things are different and we like to watch things that are a little bit fun and hopeful. I think this show is.”
Of course, while parts of One Day can be escapist, we can’t escape the fact that it ends on a very sad note, which certainly doesn’t escape his attention.Ambika Mod and Leo Woodall at a screening of One Day last week
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“What’s strange is that we filmed the final episode at the beginning of the series,” said Ambika. “So actually, once we let it go, it felt like a great time.”
Leo admits there are times they can even “forget” how the story will end, and the This Is Going To Hurt star agrees: “Just put it aside, then you can focus on the good times.”
“But it’s sad,” he added. “Very sad!”
Before being turned into a new TV series for Netflix, One Day was adapted for the big screen in 2011, with Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess in the lead roles of Emma and Dexter.
The film was divisive at the time, thanks in large part to the Les Misérables actor’s attempt at a Leeds accent, which Ambika says was something she found hard to forget when she started playing Emma.
One Day is now streaming on Netflix. Watch more of our conversation with Ambika Mod and Leo Woodall on Talk News Uk’s TikTok page.