Mumbai: Actor Freddie Highmore believes one of the reasons medical drama The Good Doctor became a worldwide hit is that audiences can connect with his character Dr. Sean Murphy’s optimism.
Sony Pictures Television and the ABC Signature Show have brought the actor into the global spotlight, who previously helmed the acclaimed psychological horror drama series Bates Motel and the 2005 film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory directed by Tim Burton.
The Good Doctor stars Highmore as Murphy, a young autistic surgeon with Savant syndrome, a rare condition in which a person with significant mental disabilities exhibits certain abilities far above average.
The 29-year-old actor said the successful run of five seasons of the show is nothing less than magic.
“I consider myself lucky that people have connected with the show and the character I play. I don’t think any of us can guess the reaction, popularity that it would have received across the world.
“And it’s hard to say why, but maybe it’s the optimism, Sean’s positivity, the fact that he wants to believe that people are naturally good at him. It means people are attracted to him and his Ready for the journey and wish it to be successful,” Highmore told PTI in a Zoom interview.
The latest season of the show, which is currently airing on SonyLIV, sees Sean Murphy making his way through more uncertainties as a major transformation takes place at St. Bonaventure Hospital. The rest of the team navigate the complexities of their own changing relationships as they continue to deal with life-and-death situations.
Highmore said the show’s success cannot be judged by any “formula”. The London-born actor, whose film credits include Finding Neverland, August Rush and The Spiderwick Chronicles, feels that the authenticity in The Good Doctor’s story is one of the key factors in the series’ popularity.
“We’ve tried to portray Sean and his journey in the most authentic and most subtle way that we can. It (success) just means that people are connected to it. The show is committed to that perspective on the world. And portraying things a certain way through Sean’s lens. And we stick to that. We’re proud of the show and the issues it’s connected to and the representation, especially in relation to autism, Who carries it,” he said. .
Highmore, who also serves as an executive producer on the series and directed a few episodes, said that playing the hopeful central character for five seasons is showing off Murphy’s good traits.
“I think as a Brit, we’re probably quite the cynical people who have been talked about too much lately. Sean’s optimism and lack of cynicism is something that hopefully has taken a toll on me. “He’s definitely a happier, more optimistic character to play every day than Norman Bates. So a little bit of Sean has hit me and that’s probably a good thing.”
The series also stars Hill Harper, Richard Schiff, Christina Chang, Fiona Gubelman, Will Yoon Lee, Paige Spara, Noah Galvin, Bria Samone Henderson and Osvaldo Benavides.
House producer David Shore serves as the series’ executive producer and showrunner.