Created by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler and directed by Steven Soderbergh, the Cinemax drama series The Knick showcases The Knickerbocker Hospital in New York City in 1900, when it was the home to groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and stuff who pushed the boundaries of medicine in a time of high mortality rates and no antibiotics. Equal parts brilliant and arrogant, Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen) is the newly appointed leader of the surgery staff, but his own ambition for medical discovery is almost overshadowed by his addiction to cocaine and opium. While addressing issues of race, sex and class, the show will undoubtedly make viewers grateful for how far we’ve come.
During this exclusive interview with Collider, actress Eve Hewson (who plays fresh-faced nurse Lucy Elkins) talked about what led her down a path to acting, how she came to be a part of The Knick, why she decided to sign on for a TV show, what it’s like to have someone like Steven Soderbergh directing every episode, why she likes doing accents, the power play between Lucy and Dr. Thackery, what it’s like to shoot the scenes in the surgical theater, the craziest surgery scenes that they shot, the types of roles she’d like to do, and her desire to do theater on Broadway. Check out what she had to say after the jump. The Knick airs on Cinemax on Friday nights.