Danielle Macdonald was so enthralled while reading the script for The Tourist for the first time that she didn’t even care if she got the job. She just needed to know how it ended. “I can’t remember the last time I felt that excited over a script,” she tells me over Zoom. “I could not put it down.” Having just finished the show myself, I can understand her sentiment. From the genius minds of Harry and Jack Williams—the duo behind thrillers such as The Missing and Baptiste—The Tourist is an amusing cat-and-mouse chase that doesn’t let up until its final shocking revelation comes to light.
Of course, Macdonald did end up getting the job—and the plot details she was looking for. “I literally cried when I got the role,” she says from her Los Angeles home while surrounded by her brood of rescue animals. “I haven’t cried when I got a role in a really long time, but I was just like, ‘Ah, it feels so good because I’m so excited about this.’” The six-part genre-bending series follows an Irishman (Jamie Dornan) who suffers from amnesia after a horrific car crash and must embark on a deadly journey in the Australian outback to find his true identity. Along the way, he is joined by a series of offbeat characters, including the lovable Helen Chambers, played by Macdonald. The actress is perfect as the slightly awkward yet endearing probationary officer who goes on her own exploration of self-discovery while entangled in the mystery man’s troubled affairs. She is the heartbeat of the show, the one person you are constantly rooting for.