With New Season, ‘The Good Physician’ Provides Character With Autism


Freddie Highmore stars as Dr. Shaun Murphy, a surgeon with autism, on ABC’s “The Good Physician.” In its remaining season, the present will add a brand new character with autism performed by an actress who’s on the spectrum. (Jeff Weddell/ABC)

An actress with autism is about to tackle a distinguished position in a prime-time community drama.

Kayla Cromer, who’s on the spectrum, will be a part of ABC’s “The Good Physician” for its remaining season.

The collection focuses on the experiences of Dr. Shaun Murphy, a surgeon with autism. Cromer will play Charlene “Charlie” Lukaitis, a third-year medical scholar with autism. Charlie is happy to work with Murphy who she’s idolized since seeing a viral video of him saving a boy’s life.

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Whereas “The Good Physician” delves into how the developmental incapacity impacts Murphy, the present has been criticized for starring Freddie Highmore, an actor with out autism, as Murphy.

Nonetheless, “The Good Physician” has introduced vital visibility to autism, with the present attracting greater than 6 million viewers throughout its 2022-2023 season alone. And, a 2019 examine discovered that watching even a single episode of the present yielded extra correct and constructive data about autism than a school lecture on the subject.

Cromer made historical past in 2020 when she starred in Freeform’s “All the things’s Gonna Be Okay.” Together with her position on the present, which ran two seasons, she grew to become the primary particular person on the spectrum to play a personality with autism in a collection common position on American tv.

“Phrases can not specific the overwhelming gratitude I really feel as I tackle the position of Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Lukaitis, on the ‘The Good Physician.’ I like her and I do know you’ll too!” Cromer posted not too long ago. “It’s really an honor to deliver genuine illustration to the present and viewers.”

The seventh and remaining season of “The Good Physician” will premiere Feb. 20 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

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