Catching up with Freddie Highmore from 'The Good Doctor'
And right now, there is a show right here on ABC called the good doctor, which has been more successful than I think any show in over a decade on this network. Well, it stars my guess, Freddie, Highmore. So welcome. Thank you for the lovely introduction about the show. I didn't even know that it was that figure that you quoted. So yes. Well, not that. I that just comes with somebody handed me that information off the top of your hands. Don't people treat you better. Now, you know, once they know that your show is like a gigantic ratings getter, don't they say, Mr. Highmore is there anything we could get you don't really I think, thankfully, things seem to be pretty much the same as they were before in terms of life. Sure. No, I'm still like eyeing up the thing that it's real. I need it with you. But it it makes me choke little can't have that. So you could do it and just always watch this. And I wonder if it's real of physician. Or playing one on TV gives you thirty doesn't it? You must know something by now. No, I think it actually is probably was to you know, if you're gonna play in and someone says, oh, we need an eye to raise my hand thinking that I'd learned something from the surgeries, and you know, various diagnoses that we've given the is it would be more dangerous than someone who knew nothing simply because we take shortcuts. It's like an eight-hour operation has to go in fifty minutes. And so I think I think I knew what I was doing. But I'd have absolutely no idea. Oh, yeah. You just hear simple procedure. Oh, yes. To get the knife in the wherever and Weakland around jamming Jamming in. in. Not only that. But you know, Dr show and Murphy play is. So he has this other thing going for him and. Does with that whole idea that you're playing somebody with autism? Ring this note of responsibility to one you're doing much more than if you were back on Bates motel playing and Bates, you know, a fictional character. This is also a fictional character. But again, there's this autism. That's in there. What do you do when you take on a part like that? What was your research for it? I mean, David shore, wonderful main, brighter and show Ronna sat down before the pie and also in between the pilot and making the show with the consultant that we still have on board and also just traded back and forth books and pieces of literature. Documentaries that we thought were useful gave us some sort of insight into building this one, very particular character. It's wonderful to see somebody who suffers from this who can't emotionally relate. But who cannot tell lie that's wonderful. Each getting so much trouble for just not telling a lie to somebody. And I also love how the how Sean is changing over time to and not something that David nice spoke about from the very beginning as being essential with this that in the pilot, it feels like way back when it was probably just under two years. Feels like back when I was young. There was naive to him. And he was in this big city environment. Having moved from the countryside for the very first time adjusting to this whole new world. And obviously that innocence that he had then if the situation changes over time and just because Sean it stating the obvious, but just because he has autism. That doesn't mean he's not going to grow and change changes a person. And so I guess one of the things I'm most proud of the first couple of seasons is that we've managed to show how he is progressing and learning, and we get a little bit more, which you kind of into that like a bit more of the fun and his sense of humor coming out the episode with people, and and he Dr Glassmann that Richard Schiff plays some recently when you both get high. Yes. Because you're taking his we'd pills thinking for nausea and pain. And there's just something terrific about watching that. And you could play. With that and play with the characters to do it. I also how the show will stop. When Dr Sean Murphy has this idea, and we see these visuals just what's going through his head. But this particular episode directed by you, yes. I know I'm watching it thinking, oh could have I think tweak revocable page editing. Like, oh, there's a couple of frames here and there and you get four days on the TV show to kind of all has to be done. But I don't know what directing does to people because every director of ever interviewed a watch on send does it different. But these are actors that you've been working with for two seasons. And you've written the first episode of season two. Yes. Well, but now you're pushing them around. What are you? Are. You a dictator goes on. We got what would they say? This is probably yes. Like my sticky plan. No, I genuinely just love, and I got to do both those things on base, my toddler's, well and just contributing to the show, and in that wide away makes it even more fulfilling, I guess, but but the directing was could fun apparently, I direct in my British accent. That's when it sneaks out because I try and say the American as much as possible onset. Ripping that you ration- for your next role. Yes. Yeah. Exactly. Yeah. This is purely the direct