Huffpost Canada TV
Daniel Gillies has plenty of blood on his hands these days. On the Canadian medical drama “Saving Hope,” Gillies plays brilliant orthopedic surgeon Dr. Joel Goran. Over on “The Vampire Diaries” spin-off “The Originals,” he’s the charismatic, well-dressed Elijah.
“Saving Hope” kicks off Season 3 on January 2 at 9:00 p.m. EST on CTV, and Gillies spoke to HuffPost Canada TV about hospital life, his wish list and, of course, vampires.
HuffPost Canada TV: How does it feel to have two very popular series on television simultaneously?
Daniel Gillies: Like a blessing I don’t feel very worthy of. I’m so lucky. The first logical answer to that should be "exhausted," particularly with an overlap between both shows and going back and forth between the two. Both shows were gracious enough to let me do the other. The monumental feat here isn’t the fact I’m doing two shows -- the monumental feat is two gigantic production companies decided to allow me to do that.
Has Joel become a better doctor since joining the staff of Hope Zion Hospital?
I know he's certainly becoming a more experienced lover. The problem with procedural stuff is typically when one of the protagonists, in the case of “Saving Hope,” a surgeon, has to demonstrate a proficiency and prowess as a doctor. Unfortunately, everyone else has to take a second position. It’s weird. At times, Joel can be Mozart and then at other times, he has problems with these very rudimentary things and it’s an education. That being said, I’d certainly say he’s grown as a physical practitioner.