Freddie Highmore explains why he chose playing Shaun Murphy’s role and why it is different than any other role he did on TV – Read details




Speaking with Scroll.In, Highmore talks about the challenges of playing Doctor Shaun Murphy–a brilliant surgeon who is an autistic savant–on The Good Doctor, as well as about his varied career so far.



Highmore reveals that playing a character that is both autistic and a brilliant medical professional took significant preparation. “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.


Surprisingly, Highmore’s The Good Doctor role came shortly after he filmed the series finale for Bates Motel, in which he played the young Norman Bates of Psycho fame. On the obvious differences between the series, Highmore explained, “I try to do different roles. It would 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.”


2 thoughts on “Freddie Highmore explains why he chose playing Shaun Murphy’s role and why it is different than any other role he did on TV – Read details

  1. Freddie looked like he fleshed out this character brilliantly! His portrayal is so real and stays consistent. Even with new situations, the integral character remains intact”

  2. I am very happy that Dr. Glassman and Debbie are engaged and hope Dr. Park reconciles with Mia. I am completely delighted that Shaun asked Carly out on a date. Many people want Shaun to get together with Claire but I feel Claire and Lea are Shaun’s teachers. Lea has shown Shaun and Glassy how to HAVE FUN! Lea also got Shaun to experience new things….driving a car, drinking tequila, singing karaoke and how to end a date. Claire taught him how to ask for a date. It was lovely how she thanked him for the “flowers” and actually smelled the stapler. Dr. Melendez and Dr. Lim are so good together. I love this show and every little awkward moment with Dr. Murphy makes me love him more. Like after Carly accepted Shaun’s dinner date, he was so happy she said, “I’d love to” he walked off with the flowers and candy.

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