Malcolm McDowell Talks ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ Love Affair With Bernadette Peters (Video)

“I adore Bernadette of course, as Bernadette. As Gloria, too. We had a lot of fun doing it,” actor tells TheWrap

“Mozart in the Jungle” star Malcolm McDowell got a romantic storyline for the third season of the Golden Globe-winning Amazon comedy, a surprise pairing with Bernadette Peters’ character, Gloria.

But the relationship isn’t all smooth sailing, the British actor, who is most famous for his role in Stanley Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange,” said in an interview with TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell.

“She’s pissed off with me after time, because of my behavior,” he said. “If you’re going to be with an artist, a maestro, then watch out, is all I will say.”

Indeed, the character, a renowned conductor emeritus of the New York Symphony, isn’t the easiest person to deal with.

“He’s a bit of a lothario,” McDowell said, pointing out that his character’s title of “maestro” translates to “master” in English. “He’s been brown-nosed pretty much all his career, of course [he’s a] monster. How could [he] not be?”

But don’t take their onscreen relationship as indicative of McDowell’s real-life relationship with Peters. “I adore Bernadette of course, as Bernadette. As Gloria, too,” he said. “We had a lot of fun doing it.”

“Mozart in the Jungle,” which was nominated for two Golden Globes earlier this week, debuted its entire third season on Amazon on Dec. 9. Gael Garcia Bernal, Lola Kirke, Saffron Burrows, Hannah Dunne and Peter Vack also star.