The Good Doctor‘s winter premiere culminated in a brutal wake-up name for Dr. Audrey Lim.
The ABC medical drama, which exists in a post-COVID world, explored the emotional fallout from the pandemic by means of the eyes of St. Bonaventure’s chief of surgical procedure, who was decided to bury her emotions and go about her life, enterprise as regular. However it was clear as she lashed out at Jordan (who let her private beliefs intervene with an abortion process) and Shaun (who refused to show the interns after Asher’s fatal mistake) that she was not OK.
After she handled Ben (The Baker and the Magnificence‘s David Del Rio), an Iraq warfare veteran with post-traumatic stress dysfunction, Lim went for a pleasure experience and crashed her bike. Although she walked away from the wreckage with nary a scratch, it was apparent that she may now not ignore her personal PTSD.
Under, Lim’s portrayer, Christina Chang, discusses Lim’s reluctance to hunt assist and the extra underlying trauma related to you-know-who’s death, and previews how Lim’s crash will impression the character transferring ahead.
TVLINE | Why do you assume Lim is so hesitant to confess to herself that she’s not OK?
A part of Lim’s wrestle is being weak, which I feel is made clear on this episode. She’s acquired fairly a big function [as chief of surgery], and she or he’s accountable for lots of workers, so it’s not OK in her thoughts to have any type of concern. The primary a part of this episode is her simply feeling like, “Look, I’m drained, I’m overrun, however all people is. I’ve quite a bit on my plate, however all people does. Each hospital, head of hospital and chief of surgical procedure, all people is feeling this. I’m not distinctive, I’m not particular, I’m holding it collectively.” As you see within the final scene, she simply can’t do this… All of it falls aside and that is the start of the break. It’s a fruits of [her emotions], and she or he’s cracking.
TVLINE | Claire tried to intervene — she even revealed her personal PTSD analysis, and the way Melendez helped her by means of her time of want — however Lim shut her down. Why do you assume that’s?
Lim struggles with how one can obtain that [help] and what to do with it. And by the best way, do I actually need to hear about how another person had PTSD when that particular person [who helped her through it] was additionally my love? There’s simply so many various dynamics at play. I even have emotions about Melendez and my very own struggles that I’m selecting to not share. It’s all there.
TVLINE | I’m glad you stated that. When Claire talked about Melendez by title, there was undoubtedly a glance in Lim’s eye. I acquired the sense that she was unhappy, however she didn’t know how one can really feel about her ex in dialog with Claire. Was it a aware option to play that unstated battle within the scene?
Sure, one hundred pc. I’m glad you picked up on that. Antonia [Thomas] and I talked about that whereas we had been rehearsing the scene. We had been each in full settlement that in fact that’s how [Lim] would really feel. It’s like, “Oh nice, inform me extra about your ache,” and on the similar time, “I really feel you, sister,” as a result of I additionally really feel that [pain].
TVLINE | Do you assume Lim ever totally acknowledged the parallels between Ben’s struggles and her personal?
I feel it might be too on the nostril if she stood there and went, “Wait a second, I even have PTSD.” That man went to warfare and he noticed loss of life in a very totally different method — in a really violent method. When Lim appears at that, I don’t assume she’s making the connection. She’s pondering, “I’m a physician. I’m presupposed to see sickness, I’m presupposed to see loss of life, and I’m presupposed to see folks getting higher. That’s all a part of the job description, in order that’s not what the issue is. One thing is occurring right here, and one thing is just not fairly proper, however I’m actually not like this man.”
TVLINE | What kind of ideas are operating by means of Lim’s thoughts within the fast aftermath of the crash?
There’s the preliminary shock that it occurred as a result of she’s by no means crashed [her motorcycle before]. I don’t even assume she bodily feels something when she will get up off the bottom. That was a tremendous stunt, by the best way. The stuntman stood proper up, and he had a slight limp, so I selected to offer Lim a limp as nicely. She appears like a superhero leaping up after that.
TVLINE | However the place do you assume she’s at emotionally?
She’s feeling like “OK, clearly there’s an issue right here.” The sound that you simply hear is what she is lastly listening to: It’s the flatline, then she begins to listen to all of these voices. All of these issues are beginning to get louder in her head. It’s clearly a sign of what’s been bothering her. It’s an awakening for Lim.
TVLINE | It’s every little thing hitting her without delay, and she will be able to’t ignore it any longer.
Appropriate. There have been some sounds she was listening to earlier than, just like the scene in her workplace the place she tries to drown it out by listening to music. She’s making an attempt to drown out this beep, however she’s not understanding what that’s but. It’s bothersome, and it’s type of nibbling at her, however it’s not clear. On the finish, I don’t assume it’s one particular thought she’s having. It’s extra of a basic consciousness that that is connected to the expertise that I’ve had this yr.
TVLINE | Will we decide up shortly after the crash in Episode 7?
We don’t. We barely see Lim, truly, however we do within the one after that. The bodily harm is talked about by Claire, however Lim brushes it off. It’s all concerning the emotional harm in subsequent episodes.
TVLINE | Does she proceed to push Claire away? Attempt to the cope with her trauma on her personal?
Sure, and that’s all I can say.
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