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Stars of 'The Good Doctor' talk about season 3 of ABC's hit drama series

Off the Red Carpet with George Pennacchio

22:31 min | 2 years ago

Stars of 'The Good Doctor' talk about season 3 of ABC's hit drama series

"This is off the Red Carpet with George Pinocchio sponsored by Mercedes Benz Harvey One and welcome to another edition of off the red carpet carpet. I'm George Pinocchio and today it's all about the good doctor Freddie highmore and his cast mates from the show checked in for a third season on. ABC Freddie's Freddie's character. Dr Sean Murphy has grown quite a bit during the dramas I two seasons both professionally. And personally. Recently I went to Vancouver the visit Freddie and several other cast members and we talked about. What's ahead this season on the good doctor? Let's begin with Freddie I feel like he is is once again a step ahead of where he was last season. So and watching the first episode I liked that. He's unto New Adventures. And I feel like Antonia is kind of your counselor. Yeah although it's interesting. I feel like their relationship between Sean and Claire will turn turn to a new direction at some point this year which is exciting. But obviously the other thing that you're referring to sean dating for the first time in his relationship with carly and taking that step by step and seeing how it goes. There's something about carly's face and her smile. That seems to tell me things when she doesn't speak when when she's reacting to you I feel like I mean obviously just a wonderful activity get to work with and I feel like she does wonderful. Actors do finding those moments that are silent that are about the nuances or the pauses. Instead of just the the lines. Are we going to get to see. See more of your characters personal life the season. Yes yeah I think so. It depends what you mean in terms of how much we're on Moss King Sean. I I mean I don't think he suddenly you yes. Yes in that regard. Yes it has to be exciting. Who because it's another area of this character you get to play more? Yeah and obviously. We've teased out from the very beginning with Sean Lee relationship van getting to see him. Interact with others outside the hospital but But Yeah it's it's certainly an exciting season ahead in terms of Sean in his his romantic love life and you say things to Dr Melendez and then he just Kinda has a look because what you've said make sense he's mastered the look of. I need to listen handed him. Yes Yeah it's always fun to get to do scenes with neck. I feel like in general. That's what's that's what's exciting. I've noticed more during season three. Is that you know all of the actors that you're working with so while at this point and everyone knows those characters and so it's always looking being for of course the movements that you were that you were talking about that. Everyone knows and loves it at the same time challenging ourselves to find new versions of that so it doesn't just become repetitive. In any way I noticed one of the donors at the hospital happens to be the bates. Family yes I feel like. That's something that no one else has noticed. So you've clearly been standing the phoned donuts for now. The personal lives of two other doctors who practice as with Dr Murphy. At Saint Bonaventure Hospital will be a big part of season. Three Christina Chang who plays Dr Audrey Lim and has now been promoted to chief of surgery is in a not so secret relationship with Dr Neal Melendez played by Nicholas Gonzalez. Seeing the first episode. I know Oh that this coupling works and I wanted to stay together but I fear that it won't because it's the good doctor and that's what we're allowed tough trying times ahead there are. There's a little tension little tension that's all we can say really. Isn't that terrible terrible that we can't give you anything Laurie or that. You've been doing this for so long George and you still haven't learned. We still try it faster so let me just say this though. I'm rooting for you. And I think that's a sign that I like both of these characters. Now now I really like I really like this character. Jinx there are moments here in this as we see the progression of your relationship. Where like like you? Just get a little snippet kisses I call them and so all seems very very real. Why do you think why do you think these two at least are working for now? There's so much respect. There's so much history and I feel like it's it's built on this mutual respect that really gets tested which were in the middle of right now. You know what what. We're shooting in a big way but if it comes from this this this history respect I think it starts there and Once once you're there I think that's a really great You know baseline for a relationship you know coming from that. Yeah they were also wanting to explore. I'm first of all they've known each other for such a long time. That's where that mutual respect comes from and then exploring sort sort of a more mature relationship versus. I guess what Murphy's going through but that's fun that's fun the Murphy stuff because you've all all invested in him and you want to know the end of a store you want to know what's happening in his life. I liked that a lot too. That's great it's great to see and I think especially in that first episode comes along you know we're all even our characters or so interested in seeing how this is going to look like because I think we all have a very sincere affection in for Sean Murphy. Some actors like a love scene some actor tate love scene for some. It's like any other seen. What about for you? Oh well uh I love seeing meaning just romantic. Things started stuttering Those kinds of scenes. I'm never comfortable with. It's uncomfortable for me. I get like sweaty betty. And he's better at it than I think. We're you know you're more concerned about camera. Everything else are they. Are they taking care of you. You know we're both like against your nose rose and that that's on our minds other than but I think when we're still around each other it's it's fun and it's so relaxed but much rather it be with her than which by the way in real life we've known each other for a long time too so I don't know that I knew that for about eighteen years. Yeah Yeah Nice all right. Is it my imagination. Or as the seasons pass the writers just love giving you difficult words medically to say in his character has them the most. If you like. It's between you and Freddie I mean I'm just I'm admin now I don't know say one linear him cells note langer him sell his doses. That say lamb lamb your cells. CBC ABC CBC. Atalay pays emily's driver. That's I was watching an you're in a surgery in pursuit of the season. And you have more of that Medical Lincoln so I just always amazed. I know that can be easy. Also being a boss is not easy and I think we're going to see I think every boss who well makes me worry makes me wonder I mean I think every boss at home that understands the things the boss has to do will will sympathize with what you have to do here thank you. There's never enough money you ever. You couldn't pay her enough. No I love it. I love this new position for the staff. There's never been for me. Yeah chief limbs fine. Yeah I love it. I love being boss. Give me something that I can tell viewers that they definitely can look forward to the season and you can be as mysterious and mystical as you like You'RE GONNA say motorcycle you're GONNA see Kith are we going to cry more or laugh more. I think there's a lot of bore of about. There's there's more there's more you're going to see. I think a very mature relationship and they're very realistic circumstances. You know as you know from watching this show we're not we don't lean into the relationship angle normally of soap opera type show but there's more there's line more this time. The relationships are in there but a very like a set of very grounded real mature dealing with problems that are so much bigger than themselves and trying to desperately hold on while all this is going on around you will also be seeing more of Dr. Alex Park played by Willian Lee. The character there's an ex cop WHO's turned to the medical profession for his second career. I WANNA be serious and I hope you'll go along with being for this and you don't have to but since I follow you on social media and I'm really interested in your stories. I am really connecting to your son. I think that you are trying to to let people know about what's going on. And I'm guessing to help raise money and I would like to be able to shine a light on on this illness. well No no I you know. It's it's it's so my son about three years ago was diagnosed with the disease called Moya. Am Moya and essentially. It's where in the simplest of terms. We're all the blood vessels in your brain to start collapsing. One by one and Three years ago yes I wrote. He was three years old. And it's been a it's been a long journey Long Journey of Treating something that was misdiagnosed for awhile and and we're starting to see some light with with the magic and the the help of of some amazing doctors And so I remember coming to this show the first time I stepped onto the set I just started. I just broke down because it was exactly the hospital. They the first season hospital they recreated was exactly what we lived in for like two years and so it was. It was really hard for me to to come onto sat for the first couple of weeks and and as time progressed things got better but part of part of doing this show Because it was just kind of the way the stars lined up Daniel Day came called me and my son was going through these things and I remember my son was having having brain surgery and an episode of the good doctor came on. And my we were at this AIRBNB and we're watching this episode and it was just a scene between Freddie and this young kid and we both just started crying and we sit Schwantz like turn it off. Turn it off and cut to about six months later I was here on the set and so I started watching the shows after not being able to watch any anything past that one scene and I realize is that the show became full circle with with our lives because my son was misdiagnosed and he was treated for Chemo with chemotherapy for a year which he shouldn't have been Dan and this show reflected my wife's spirit and eventually I got on this bullet train with her of trying to find. Think outside the box and find what was wrong with him and when I actually started watching episodes of the show after I'd been cast I realized like that's what I wanted in doctor and that's what I love about. This show is that it's a show. It's one of the few shows on television. That's a show of hope because that's as a parent of a patient of a young child like that's the only thing you have to hold onto and true that kids grow out of this was that It's not that they grow out of it. But there's like one of my heroes who who who who who took care of my son He was A. He's a famous surgeon and he basically reconstructed the blood vessel system in his head with a double bypass brain surgery. And you know it's just that's what this show so is in and it's I am reminded of it weekly when I drive on a lot that there's magic here the word miracle comes to minded like it. I think that's great. I'm glad you talked about this. I I want people to know and it's just as a whole it's a disease that gets mistaken for a lot of things and so it's it's called Moya Moya and all right. Let's get to the show before I rented all right. What am I in for this season with your character because I really like Dr Park? You know Dr Park. He's you know we left last season. He's having you know finding that path half of balancing life and work which which a lot of us do as parents and I think this season you know we could possibly as we continue that in terms of like how does he deal with it. And how does he balance a professional life with his family life but the but the fund Things that we've been kind of exploring. The first couple of episodes is kind of his new budding relationship with Sean and developing you know not a mentor but just two buddies and it's kind of like homo not to loneliest guys on the show. It's it's almost like the two the two people that are very quiet with their internal feelings. And it's it's he started seeing sprinkles of it in in the episodes where they start sharing are the Alex Park wants to share. The only person he feels safe in really sharing with is is Sean. I think when you talk about this show there is clearly a love for being here and you you know based on that one time watching the show. That was too difficult. How I don't know the the white we're but how maybe on spying for people who are tuning in people tune into the show and when it's over they don't necessarily forget it some of the episodes last asked and some of the themes or the illnesses that you guys tackle people know someone were you know? There's a there's a connects next people. That's the word connection. Yes and that's to me is is anybody who watches this show is someone you know. Eventually we will all be part of this system in some way or another whether it's kids whether it's her mom or dad or US individually and I think that the cool thing about this show is you know Freddie Moore's Moore's character along with the other residents and doctors you know it's always about what if or how do we or it's not this. Could it be that you and I found having been in that system in the real world that is not always the case and and I love that. This show teaches people to go. Oh no question it questioning question. Your best advocate. Where your your son or daughter's best advocate another doctor continuing to make rounds as Morgan resnick? She's played by Fiona Guberman. I'm conflicted sometimes about Dr Morgan. Because for instance in the first episode of the new season she is so happy be when someone has cancer. And you don't know how to react to that moment. Well the clarify. She's not so without that they've cancer cancer but she's so happy that it's opportunity for her to get to do her for Solo surgery and it is a very curable cancer. So it's not you know and here's another thing. You promised me a disaster about a first date you let this character loves the. She's kind of like the tornado in the the room. Sometimes isn't she well things up but she also is gifted is that gifted with I say this in with all the love and the world as my mother got older in life there was a filter that disappeared and she just said whatever it was she was thinking. Morgan has that filter at her young. I mean it's amazing. I would like that filter. No filter Morgan. It is unapologetic in many areas. Including just speaking what she what she thinks she's she's very opinionated. And the thing about Morgan is. She likes offer opinion in her advice. And she's not doing it to be mean but she's just not wasting any energy on being Mace Ace. So it's sometimes it's the harsh truth and people don't always enjoy enjoy the delivery the Russian producers of the show of decided that the residents. We're going to get more opportunity this season. So that's going to be great for your character. Yeah it's been amazing. Morgan is much bigger part of this season. And it's really cool like there's so many different sides Morgan. That people are going to get to see She's very competitive stuff. That happens and and you see more for vulnerability more of the things and she's going through in her own life and then also the different ways in which she helps other people patients and her co workers. It's a really cool journey to be on and I'm loving it win we've seen have Morgan can be when it's all stripped down. And when she needs someone in her life is they're going to be someone this season that you think Morgan will be spending more time with or being more open up with. You definitely see some of that. I would say a lot of Morgan's organs journey. This season is how she grows through helping other people and how how she gets affected by Being there for her co workers in her patients and during times. It's it's really cool. The thing about the good doctor is that it's always asking questions. It's always bringing gop controversial or as you know issues or things that people are GonNa talk about and they really try hard to present both sides fairly and and equally on the show and not necessarily tell you which is right or wrong but just to really start a discussion about topics and it school to the apart about and sometimes you agree with your character stance and sometimes you definitely do not but you know that's the beauty of the show and its storytelling is it gets people thinking and talking talking and one last. TV Doctor. I spoke with in Vancouver Hill Harper. WHOSE ALTER EGO DR Marcus Andrews? I think when we see the first episode of the new season what we see is a man who is listening. And I think that's really important because your character's been so used to doling thing it out taking it in is pretty powerful stuff. Yeah it is and woods. And that's what's exciting about playing the character because getting into a rhythm of of playing a character where everything is is him telling people what they're doing wrong and trying to put up walls and barriers to be kind of impenetrable. But you know someone who's in a leadership role that's able to maybe take some self analysis. Wouldn't that be great in this world. We live in today that our leaders would be able to look in the mirror and actually do some salve analyzing. That's what happens with this character and I think that's an interesting thing to play. I've I've asked people you get a sense. It's of what the new season will be for us because I watched one episode and I'm laughing. I'm intrigued and I think three times. I'm trying not to have tears tears in my eyes in a room full of women. Well he to me. What makes the show brilliant? And what makes the writing. The best on television is the fact act that it can simultaneously be touching be funny but also be really smart and it. It's really interesting because usually folks folks default into one category. Oh it's very just melodrama or we're just going to be funny or we're just going to try to hammer you over the head with with message. Our show is able to ride a beautiful wave. And that's all due to to David shore and the writing staff and and that's why it's wonderful to be able to play it because because every time you pick up an episode and every time you you don't know exactly what you're going to do not just one-dimensional we're GONNA see. More of the personal life of Dr Melendez does and and Christina Chang. We're going to see more of the personal life of the good doctor. Are we going to see more of your personal life. If you know what I I always wonder how come last season. My wife never walked down the stairs of our big beautiful house. We saw we did so. Hopefully we'll see more this season email. I am the character on the show. That is happily married. I wear I don't have on right now because I just came out of surgery so I don't wear my wedding ring in surgery patient. Lose the patient lift. Things are going well so But usually I have a wedding ring on and and hopefully we'll see The other half of this ring a lot to see them. I really enjoyed my time with the cast. Cast the good doctor. I always do and it was great to be in Vancouver on the set seeing what it really looks like behind the scenes. And I'll tell you it's very impressive off and you can keep up with all that's happening on the good doctor. Monday nights on A._B._C.. For off the Red Carpet George Pinocchio. Thanks for being here by.

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