Ambika Mod Shares How One Day Gave Her a ‘Full Circle’ Moment

One Day star Ambika Mod talks about how the show helped her bring a “full circle” moment after a tumultuous period in her career.

After impressing viewers in the medical comedy drama This Is Going To Hurt, Ambika can currently be seen as the lead in Netflix’s new version of One Day, alongside The White Lotus’ Leo Woodall.

Those familiar with David Nicholls’ much-loved book (or its less-than-loved film adaptation) will know that the story begins in Edinburgh, where actor and comedian Ambika already has a bit of a personal history.

During an interview on Friday’s edition of The Graham Norton Show, Ambika recalled feeling “a little lost”, “quite depressed” and like she had “achieved nothing” after running at the city’s iconic Fringe festival in 2019.

Ambika Mod as Emma in One DayAmbika Mod as Emma in One Day

“On the last day of the Fringe, we went up Arthur’s Seat and I remember it as a terrible time. I didn’t love myself or my life, he admitted.

“Then cut to almost exactly three years later and I was filming in Edinburgh at Arthur’s Seat playing the lead in the Netflix series of my favorite books.”

Ambika added: “It feels very special. A full circle moment.”

Leo Woodall and Ambika Mod in Edinburgh in the first episode of Netflix's One DayLeo Woodall and Ambika Mod in Edinburgh in the first episode of Netflix’s One Day

In another part of the interview, Ambika also admitted that she had rejected the offer to appear on One Day several times before finally accepting it.

“I was stupid because I thought it wasn’t for me,” he recalls. “A month later I called my agent and said I had made a big mistake.”

One Day is now streaming on Netflix. Watch Ambika Mod’s interview with Graham Norton on Friday night at 10.50pm on BBC One.

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