‘Dr. Death’ Season 2 Interview: Luke Kirby, Ashley Madekwe, & Gustaf Hammarsten Discuss Why They Joined The Medical Drama

Luke Kirby, Ashley Madekwe, and Gustaf Hammarsten are the heart of Dr. Death’s second season. Following the medical malpractice and human experimentation of Italian thoracic surgeon Paolo Macchiarini (played by Édgar Ramírez, the season looks at the people and systems in place that helped him succeed in the deaths of multiple people after they received stem-cell-seeded trachea transplants.

Kirby and Hammarsten play a doctor and lab scientist skeptical of Dr. Macchiarini’s success. Madekwe’s character works closely with the doctor and cannot immediately see the consequences of their actions.

I sat down with the trio to talk about why they joined the project, adding a comedic sensibility to a dark script, and facial hair.

Dr. Death season two premieres on Dec. 21. You can find out more about the series here.

Cortland Jacoby
A D.C area native, Cortland has been interested in media since birth. Taking film classes in high school and watching the classics with family instilled a love of film in Cortland’s formative years. Before graduating with a degree in English and minoring in Film Study from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, Cortland ran the college’s radio station, where she frequently reviewed films on air. She then wrote for another D.C area publication before landing at Punch Drunk Critics. Aside from writing and interviewing, she enjoys podcasts, knitting, and talking about representation in media.