Sep
07
Actors from ABC’s “The Good Doctor” talk to KOCO


STEVE: THANK YOU. THERE’S A BRAND NEW SHOW TAKING OVER KOCO. YOU MIGHT HAVE HEARD OF IT. IT’S CALLED “THE GOOD DOCTOR.” IT FOCUSES AROUND A YOUNG BUT BRILLIANT SURGEON WITH AUTISM AND SAVANT SYNDROME. MAGGIE: THIS MORNING, WE ARE JOINED LIVE VIA SATELLITE BY TWO STARS OF THIS NEW HIT SHOW. WE HAVE ANTONIA THOMAS, WHO PLAYS DR. CLAIRE BROWNE, AND NICHOLAS GONZALEZ, WHO PLAYS DR. NEIL MELENDEZ. GOOD MORNING. TALK ABOUT THIS SHOW. IT’S VERY INTRIGUING FOR LOTS OF DIFFERENT REASONS. A GREAT DRAMA, BUT YOU HAVE THIS DR. WITH AUTISM. — THIS DOCTOR WITH AUTISM.>>IT’S REALLY EXCITING. IT’S A DIALOGUE THAT NEEDS TO BE TALKED ABOUT. ONE IN 68 AMERICANS ARE TOUCHED BY AUTISM IN SOME WAY. I THINK IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT TO HAVE A SHOW WITH THIS CENTRAL ISSUE. STEVE: WHAT DREW YOU TO THIS PROJECT?>>FIRST OF ALL, THE WRITING. YOU GET A SCRIPT WITH DAVID SHORE’S NAME ON IT, YOU’RE GOING TO READ IT. THIS WAS NO DIFFERENT. THE CHARACTERS ARE REALLY EXCITING TO PLAY. A TOP SURGEON, LIKE MY CHARACTER. TO BE ABLE TO NOT ONLY SHOW HIS LIFE AT WORK BUT HIS LIFE AT HOME AND HOW THOSE ALL WORK TOGETHER AND COMPLEMENT EACH OTHER. ALL THESE PEOPLE WHO NEED EACH OTHER TO LEARN FROM. AS MUCH AS WE ARE LEARNING FROM SHAUN, HE’S LEARNING FROM US. THERE’S A LOT OF GROWTH THAT HAPPENS. MAGGIE: CONGRATULATIONS. THE SHOW HAS ALREADY BEEN PICKED UP FOR A FULL SEASON. ARE THE WRITERS GIVING YOU ANY PEEKS INTO THE SCRIPTS?>>THEY ARE RELATIVELY SECRETIVE IN TERMS OF WHERE IT HEADS. WE ARE ALMOST EPISODE EIGHT INTO FILMING.>>WE WILL COME INTO THE NEXT DAY OF WORK LIKE, DID YOU READ 108?>>WHAT’S TO COME IS THE DEVELOPMENT OF ALL OF OUR CHARACTERS. CLAIRE MAKES IT HER MISSION TO COMMUNICATE WITH SEAN SO HE CAN LEARN TO COMMUNICATE. HE LEARNS FROM HER AND SHE WENT FROM HIM — LEARNS FROM HIM.>>MY CHARACTER HAS TO LEARN THAT BEING RIGHT DOESN’T NECESSARILY MEAN THINGS WILL GO WELL. THERE’S A LOT OF EXCITEMENT COMING DOWN THE LINE. WE ARE JUST AS EXCITED AS EVERYBODY ELSE. STEVE: WE WILL BE WATCHING.