Freddie Highmore has worked on multiple hit movies and TV shows including “Finding Neverland,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and most recently “The Doctor.”
In an interview with Scroll.in, Highmore talks about the challenges of playing Doctor Shaun Murphy, a genius surgeon who is an autistic savant, on “The Good Doctor.”
Highmore explains the playing a character that is both autistic and a genius took a lot of work. He reveals it took a lot of preparation to understand the role and how to portray Dr. Murphy on film.
“Shaun Murphy’s role required more preparation than any other role I did on TV,” he said. “In terms of autism, it was important for all of us that the portrayal of the condition was authentic. Again, we had a consultant here too. David [Shore, series creator] and I watched documentaries and read relevant books to help ourselves construct the character. But we were aware that Shaun is representing an individual’s story and not everyone in the autism spectrum. The key was to portray his journey as an individual and not someone’s who just autistic.”
Before “The Good Doctor,” Highmore played the young Norman Bates on “Bates Motel” series. On the differences between the series, Highmore explained, “I try to do different roles. It will get dull for me and the audience if the character is a replication of something I did before. The genre isn’t important as much as the need to tell an interesting character-driven story.”