If you could relive your favorite memory, would you? On NBC’s “Reverie,” actor Sendhil Ramamurthy’s character can make that happen — at a price, of course. Ramamurthy, who’s a Tufts grad, plays the chief oneirologist — oneirology is the study of dreams — at a virtual reality company. In reality, we spoke to Ramamurthy as he was headed to Logan to catch a flight.
Q. You were pre-med at Tufts and played tennis competitively. How did you ultimately find acting and what made you stick with it?
A. I’d never acted before I went to Tufts. It wasn’t something on my radar at all. I come from a family of doctors: My mom’s a doctor, my dad’s a doctor, my sister’s a doctor. I had to have an arts credit to graduate because Tufts is a liberal-arts school, so I took an intro to acting class and it was like 12 girls and two guys in the class, so it was good for things that had nothing to do with acting. That was the reason I took it, and once I took the class I found out how much I loved it. I did a literal 180 and applied to drama school instead of med school. My parents didn’t think it was amazing at all, but now they are down with it.
Q. Your most notable role before “Reverie” was also in a medical setting, playing Dr. Mohinder Suresh on NBC’s “Heroes” and “Heroes Reborn.” What did your parents think of that?
A. It’s the next best thing, playing a doctor on television. . . . The only thing that could be better is if I went to med school and that ain’t gonna happen.
Q. On “Reverie,” did you use anything from your pre-med life to enhance your performance?
A. My character is an oneirologist, which is the study of dreams, and I never made it that far at Tufts — my pre-med skills have long left my brain. What I did use, though, were some of the terms. You get used to pronouncing medical and science terms pretty quick in all of the pre-med courses, so it was pretty handy for that.
Q. If you could go back to a dream, what would it be?
A. I know what I would do if I could go in and choose my reverie, but I would never in a billion years go into a program like this. If I wasn’t a scaredy cat, I would choose to go and play Roger Federer in the finals in Wimbledon and beat him.
Q. After Wimbledon, what’s next on your bucket list?
A. I have really been missing the stage. I haven’t done a play in about 14 years. I’ve been lucky enough to have been doing TV, but I’d love to go back and do a play at some point. The other thing has to do with tennis. I want to get back into playing tennis competitively.
Q. If you could be any character in a play, what would it be?
A. I would love to play Henry V. Out of all [of] Shakespeare’s [plays], that one has always been my favorite. Movie-wise, if it was possible, I would love to do a remake of “Lawrence of Arabia.” I would want to play Omar Sharif’s part. That would be second or third on my list if I went into a reverie.
“Reverie” airs on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. on NBC.