Here's How Laurence Leboeuf Prepared To Play Mags In Transplant - Exclusive

As soon as actress Laurence Leboeuf was cast in "Transplant," she knew exactly who she wanted to model Dr. Magalie "Mags" Leblanc after. "I really wanted Mags to be the Hermione Granger of the ER," she explained during an exclusive interview with The List, referencing the famous "Harry Potter" heroine.

After seeing her in action, it's apparent that Mags is a lot like the iconic witch. "She's first of her class. She's the first to raise her hand," Leboeuf said. "She knows all the answers. She's so book smart." 

However, considering that the actress has no experience in medicine, it took a lot of work to make sure that Mags knew all the ins and outs of being a doctor. To prepare for all the medical procedures on the NBC show, Leboeuf and the rest of the "Transplant" cast had to attend medical boot camp — and she told us all about what it entailed.

The Transplant cast attends medical boot camp on weekends

Whenever the stars of "Transplant" aren't shooting the show during the week, they're busy attending medical boot camp on the weekends. 

"So we have about a four-hour slot where we get to have really big rehearsals with the cast and the directors and with medical experts," Laurence Leboeuf explained to The List. "So with doctors and nurses and stuff that are there to answer all our questions."

With real medical professionals available, the cast is able to find out how to accurately use all the hospital equipment in the scene, how to handle patients, and even how to pronounce the names of diseases they're about to discuss in the episode. 

With the director at the side of the doctors, the team helps each actor choreograph their every move so they're ready to act them out on camera come Monday morning. "So, when we get on set, it's like — boom! — we know the dance," Leboeuf said.

Laurence Leboeuf admires doctors even more after playing one on TV

By this point, Laurence Leboeuf has attended multiple medical boot camps in order to play Mags on "Transplant." What she's learned each and every weekend is starting to sound a bit familiar, too. "From Season 1 to Season 2, there's vocabulary that comes back, so we have references on some stuff," she told us.

However, when it comes to applying any of the medical lessons she's learned to her real life, Leboeuf is a bit more hesitant. 

"I mean, I could maybe do sutures. Maybe I'd be able to do those knots and stuff," she said. "But the rest of it is such big medical procedures that I learn them, and I'm doing them, but then I forget half the jargon, and I forget how to do it."

There's certainly a lot to learn when it comes to working in the medical field. Professionals dedicate years of their lives to schooling alone, so learning to successfully play Mags with no medical experience has been a challenge for Leboeuf. "It's really enhanced my admiration for doctors," she said.

New episodes of "Transplant" air Sunday nights at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT on NBC.