The Good Doc­tor

Why Fred­die High­more loves play­ing The Good Doc­tor’s autis­tic sur­geon

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Fred­die High­more re­turns as Dr Shaun Mur­phy, and is un­der fire for his pro­posed treat­ment of a home­less per­son.

The Good Doc­tor

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WHEN DR SHAUN MUR­PHY (Fred­die High­more) joined the pres­ti­gious San Jose St Bon­aven­ture Hos­pi­tal at the start of the first sea­son of

The Good Doc­tor, he had to prove that his autism wouldn’t stop him be­com­ing a bril­liant sur­geon. His friend, men­tor and pres­i­dent of the hos­pi­tal Dr Aaron Glass­man (Richard Schiff) was con­fi­dent enough to stake his job on it.

But at the end of the se­ries, Shaun looked set to lose ev­ery­thing dear to him. He felt duty bound to tell chief of surgery Dr Mar­cus An­drews (Hill Harper) that he’d made a near-fa­tal mis­take in surgery, while Glass­man was di­ag­nosed with ter­mi­nal brain can­cer. As the sec­ond sea­son be­gins on Sky Wit­ness this week, Shaun is still work­ing at the hos­pi­tal, but has been side­lined to man­ning its mo­bile clinic.

While Shaun may not be mak­ing the most of his ta­lents at the mo­ment, for­mer Bates Mo­tel star High­more cer­tainly is. As well as play­ing Shaun, a role that earned him a Golden Globe nom­i­na­tion, he also wrote the open­ing episode of the new se­ries.

We met up with the 26-year-old Lon­doner to find out more…

WHERE DO WE FIND SHAUN AT THE START OF THIS SEA­SON? He’s grown. He’s learn­ing. He’s a bit more con­fi­dent.

You’ll see a role re­ver­sal of sorts in his re­la­tion­ship with Dr Glass­man, who has al­ways been there as his men­tor. But now, with Glass­man’s can­cer di­ag­no­sis, Shaun is go­ing to have to step up and be there for him in a way that he’s never been be­fore.

SHAUN SUF­FERED A SET­BACK IN THE SEA­SON ONE FI­NALE. HOW WILL THAT AF­FECT HIM? Shaun is not this su­per­hero who’s go­ing to fix ev­ery­thing, and in the last episode of sea­son one he made a mis­take that per­haps some­one who didn’t

have autism might not have made. But the hos­pi­tal is a bet­ter place for hav­ing Shaun there.

HOW DID YOU END UP WRIT­ING THIS WEEK’S EPISODE?

I was lucky enough to write two episodes of

Bates Mo­tel and the pro­duc­ers of The Good Doc­tor knew I was in­ter­ested in do­ing it again. I spent about six weeks in the writ­ers’ room and learned so much.

WHAT ELSE HAVE YOU LEARNED WHILE MAK­ING The Good Doc­tor?

Med­i­cally, I haven’t re­ally learned any­thing – apart from how big in­ter­nal or­gans are [laughs].

It’s amaz­ing how all th­ese things fit in­side us. But play­ing Shaun has made me think more about my­self. British peo­ple are some­what cyn­i­cal and Shaun is the op­po­site of that. He al­ways sees the good in peo­ple so I think he makes me a lit­tle bit more like that too, which is a good thing.

YOU WERE NOM­I­NATED FOR A GOLDEN GLOBE. DO YOU EN­JOY THE RED CAR­PET EX­PE­RI­ENCE?

I don’t over-think the red car­pet. I just have my own suit and I put it on. It’s not like any fa­mous de­sign­ers are queu­ing up to dress me.

WHY HAVE YOU MOVED TO VAN­COU­VER?

It’s now my sev­enth year of film­ing some­thing in Van­cou­ver be­cause Bates Mo­tel was also filmed there so the place feels like home now, even though Lon­don is where I grew up.

WHAT DO YOU MISS ABOUT THE UK?

A cup of tea, the the­atre and the foot­ball. We’ve got Arse­nal sea­son tick­ets as a fam­ily, but now I’m hav­ing to take up ice hockey in Van­cou­ver. That’s my new sport.

‘Shaun al­ways sees the good in peo­ple so I think he makes me more like that, which is good’

DR AARON GLASS­MAN NEEDS SHAUN’S SUP­PORT FRED­DIE AS NOR­MAN IN Bates Mo­tel

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