The Good Doctor: Cast's Real-Life Partners
That feeling, when you're watching the show while also hurriedly Google searching all the details you can find about the real lives of your favorite characters. The same thing happens with The Good Doctor - fans are always eager to learn more about the cast's personal lives.
Is the main hottie of the show, Nicholas Gonzalez, on the market? Which actor adopted a child? And is it true that Dakota Fanning broke Freddie Highmore's heart? We’re ready to tell you all the most interesting details about The Good Doctor actors!
Antonia Thomas as Dr. Claire Browne
Dr. Claire Browne isn't only emotional, but she is able to rule her emotions and to use them to her benefit. And that is what makes her such a perfect friend for Dr. Murphy. Antonia's new "medical" career is the one that finally gains her mom's approval over and above her previous ones.
Thomas laughs that “It’s the one my mum loves and really enjoys because she wanted us to do medicine and have stable careers.”
Along with the top ABC drama, the actress is famous for her role in the sitcom Lovesick and the series Misfits. Oh, while we're on that note... During the shooting of the series Misfits, admirers of the actress couldn't help but discuss her possible love affairs with her partners from the set.
Fans mainly thought that Antonia was dating Iwan Rheon who later gained greater popularity due to his role as Ramsay Bolton in Game of Thrones. But these rumors about the personal life of the actress weren’t confirmed, mainly because Thomas announced that she had a boyfriend. And though she did not officially reveal the young man’s name, fans guess who that mysterious guy is.
Judging by her social media posts, her boyfriend could well be Michael Shelford, a London-based photographer. Fans often wonder if the actress has any plans to get engaged to Michael, but currently, the only engagement in Antonia's life is the fictional one on The Good Doctor. We can only guess who the actress is dating now, but Antonia did say something interesting in an interview with Coveteur.
When asked about her role in The Good Doctor, Antonia Thomas revealed that she isn't used to pilot episodes that the USA just can't do without. It's completely different in England, and she kept avoiding her role in the pilot of The Good Doctor, as she had been told it would be very difficult.
Then one night when Antonia was at a bar with her girlfriend, she got a call from her agent who said she had an audition the next morning. The actress didn't even finish the cocktail and went home to learn the lines. But we have no idea who that mysterious girlfriend she mentioned is.
Hill Harper as Dr. Marcus Andrews
Sometimes storylines and the lives of the actors have strong connections. When Dr. Marcus Andrews and his wife started to think about adoption, in real life Hill Harper made the decision to become a single father and find a child for himself. Back in 2015, the actor felt that he was ready to become a father.
Hill Harper got in touch with an adoption attorney, and a few months later he was informed that a woman who is ready to give her baby for adoption is going to give birth soon. Although the actor was shocked that everything was going so fast, talking to the biological mother brought him back to the Earth.
“I really felt like it was God telling me to do it,” he says. “And I’m so glad that he chose me, and [Pierce’s mom] and God and the universe chose me.”
Harper admitted that he wanted to become a father but thought of getting married first and then starting a family with a wife. However, after finding the child’s homeless mother, his perception of parenthood became more vivid and profound. He even went to the hospital while Pierce was born and cut his cord. The star revealed that he named his son Pierce after the one and only Pierce Brosnan, whom he admires.
As of now, The Good Doctor's' chief seems very happy and claims to be thankful for getting the opportunity of fatherhood and shares the cutest photos of his son on Instagram. Interestingly, Harper is still a bachelor with a very private and mysterious personal life. He has been a part of Hollywood romances for over 25 years.
The actor managed to keep his private life quiet for all those years, but now he’s spilling the tea about his relationships from the past, which include courtships with stars Taraji P. Henson and Regina Hall. The 53-year-old actor opens up about his past dating life and even admitted to having some issues with commitment.
“Absolutely I’ve had a fear of commitment. No question. Would it be born out of the fact that my parents are divorced? Probably,” Harper stated. When asked about Regina Hall, Harper simply stated that she is “one of the most beautiful, funny, amazing women.”
The star was diagnosed with cancer while he was writing the book, ‘The Wealth Cure: Putting Money in Its Place’ four years ago. Luckily, the actor got cured and now sports a clean bill of health and has been serving as a cancer advocate ever since. On top of that, Hill opened a natural skincare line.
Nicholas Gonzalez as Dr. Neil Melendez
Nicholas willingly uses Twitter and Instagram for communication, so if you have a thing for this hottie, you can totally check out what is new in his life, by checking his public accounts. In fact, thanks to a fan's tweet, we get a chance to see Dr. Neil Melendez shirtless on every new episode on the show... The girl kept requesting the opportunity to see him shirtless and Nicholas shared the idea with the Good Doctor's screenwriters.
Nicholas never dreamed of an acting career. Initially, he was planning to get stuck into banking and consulting. But destiny had its way. "It is the greatest mistake in my career", Nicholas commented on his decision, which was not based on profit, but on the opportunity to be happy.
And so, after a couple of theatrical and TV roles, Nicholas tried on a lab coat as one of the characters in The Good Doctor. By the way, in comparison with other colleagues, it turned out much easier for him to learn the special terminology as his father and brother are both surgeons.
Even though the actor is handsome and stately, his personal life isn't saturated with some love affairs and juicy details that are usually discussed and captured by the mass media. And what is more - the guy is totally off the market. After a five-year relationship, the actor married his girlfriend Kelsey Crane.
She is also an actress and you might remember her for her roles in the series Desperate Housewives and How I Met Your Mother. Nicholas seems to be very romantic with his beloved. Just read the story about how he proposed. While they were on a boat on Capri island, the captain sang a little bit of opera, and Nicholas got down on one knee with a wedding ring in hand.
In 2016 the two tied the knot at a luxurious wedding ceremony with more than 200 eminent guests invited! The couple had their wedding in a true Italian style. In an interview with People, Nicholas Gonzalez said that Italy is a significant part of their love. The actor also revealed that they want to have children: “It’s all about building a family,” he says. “We’re ready and excited!”
Their dreams quickly became reality, and a year after, they welcomed their daughter, Ever Lee Wilde Gonzalez. On his Facebook page, Nicholas Gonzalez said that it was the best day of his life. And then later in an interview with People, he revealed that he's expecting some sleepless nights. And apparently, the couple aren't scared of the challenges!
“We are so in love with our new, little person. She is the best thing — ever!”
Ever Lee Wilde is already 3 years old, and her parents seem to be crazy about her. Just take a look at these cute pictures that Nicholas posts on his Instagram page!
Will Yun Lee as Dr. Alex Park
This character had to go through a divorce and then a reunion with his wife. It sounds rather complicated, and fortunately, it's not the same for Will Yun Lee! The actor had been dating his wife, Jennifer Birmingham, for more than 4 years until they got married at a fancy ceremony with 200 guests!
“The best moment of our wedding was having everyone we love in one place at the same time, sharing our day with us,” Lee told PEOPLE.
Three years later the couple welcomed their son Cash, and everything seemed perfect until in a few years child was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder. Cash had a few urgent surgeries and is now leading a healthy life.
Lee said his son’s health scare took an emotional toll on the entire family: “A situation like this literally affects every crevice and crack of your livelihoods, of your relationships.”
Lee says the only reason why they managed was because he and his wife kept supporting each other! It is no surprise that The Good Doctor became such a special show for him.
"It was a situation where we were in the hospital as my son was having brain surgery. We came home in recovery. We turn on the TV and there was an episode on with one scene we started crying because it was about Shaun dealing with this one kid." shared Will Yun Lee in the interview for TVInsider
Back then he turned the TV off, but 4 or 5 months after he landed a role in the show. It seems as if fate took over!
Jasika Nicole as Dr. Carly Lever
Admit it, weren't you just touched when Sean asked Jasika out? We were too! The actress's life story will make you love Jasika Nicole even more! This actress isn't ashamed of calling herself queer and keeps telling other LGBTQIA members about her activism, her road to marriage, and love, of course.
“I grew up poor in the deep south with parents of different races,” - tells Jasika
Jasika never dreamed of a wedding, either in her childhood or in adulthood. The whole idea of a wedding just seemed weird to her, as the government wouldn't approve of her love for women. Moreover, even though her parents lived together for a long time, they were never officially married and the actress got her last name from her mother.
So when Jasika Nicole started dating Claire Savage, she never thought they would ever get married. Three years into their relationship, the girls got a domestic partnership in NYC for security purposes. But then Jasika landed a job in Vancouver.
And they soon discovered that the document meant nothing anywhere outside of New York, and that troubled the actress, as even though she never wanted a wedding, it was important for her that she had the same rights as other couples.
After moving to California, the couple decided it was time to register their marriage that would not only be legal in their state but around the country as well. The lovebirds told no one but their closest family members, and most people found out about their marriage only after it had already happened.
Despite the fact that Jasika never wanted a wedding, this day became one of the happiest in her life and she cried out of happiness at her own wedding. Now the actress is sharing her experience with fans and is eager to help people in the same situation.
In an interview with advocate, Jasika said that people often write to her asking for advice: “One woman wrote me and said that her daughter had come out to her and she had a really hard time with it. This was a black woman. You don't see that many black queer women in media, in television or film”.
This woman said she was afraid that her daughter wouldn't be happy or safe. Jasika supported the woman and said that everything would be alright. Isn't that cute?
Beau Garrett as Jessica Preston
Beau Garrett`s exit after season 1 came as a real disappointment for fans, as Jessica was a strong and beloved character. Details about the actress's personal life are mostly unknown to her fans. However, the media is familiar with her romantic affair with actor/director Chris Payne Gilbert.
Although the couple didn't share much about their relationship, they didn't hesitate to hit the red carpets together for several events. Beau revealed where she first met her boyfriend. It happened at a charity event in California:
“I saw his dog and I fell in love with [it]. He was watering his plants and I didn’t see him; I saw his dog. And then I saw this gorgeous man with his shirt off, so it was like a double whammy.”
The couple even decided to live together along with Beau's rescue dog, Kona. But something went wrong and the two split up. Before Beau's affair with Chris Payne, she also dated actor Garrett Hedlund, actor Chris Pine, and actor Kyle Howard.
It seems like something really changed when it comes to her attitude about sharing her personal life with the media, as after Chris Payne, news about her dating life disappeared from the public sphere. Even her Instagram never gives a clue about possible relationships. Anyway, we hope that Beau is enjoying her life with her loved ones.
Richard Schiff as Dr. Aaron Glassman
The kind trickster Dr. Aaron Glassman is portrayed by Richard Schiff, who has been well-known to Hollywood for the last 30 years. Since the late 80s, he has played dozens of roles on TV and on the big screen and you can see him playing different characters on almost every popular TV show. Funny enough, Richard Schiff doesn’t watch medical shows himself.
In one of his interviews, he boldly revealed that by saying: “I’d never seen [Shore’s show] House, because I don’t watch doctor shows.”
Anyway, he still chooses to star in them. Schiff is a happy family man. He met his wife actress Sheila Kelley a long time ago during auditions for Antigone and three years later they got married. Seems like the two really get each other, as their marriage is still going strong after a healthy 22 years. Together they raised a wonderful son, Gus, and a daughter, Ruby.
Freddie Highmore as Dr. Shaun Murphy
And finally, here's our Dr. Shaun Murphy, the genius with autism and savant syndrome. The actor Freddie Highmore gained the love of the viewers long before his medical TV life. You'll definitely instantly remember his childhood roles from the 2000s - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, A Good Year, and Finding Neverland.
Now, in his late 20s, he has become even more beloved for his roles on American TV shows – Bates Motel and of course — The Good Doctor. Surprisingly, even though he came from an acting and theatrical family, Highmore doesn’t seem to have taken any special instruction in acting.
Freddie revealed that he just attended a “regular” school in his North London neighborhood and sometimes went to Hollywood to act in movies. In his words, “I’d work in L.A., then return home to normality.” And as he later added, “Acting was a hobby, not an end game.”
Well, nicely done! Who would not want to have that kind of a hobby! Just imagine - you star in top Hollywood films and TV shows, and come back home to a totally different life, avoiding the unpleasant consequences of media intrusion. When Freddie leaves the set, he strongly avoids any kind of social media. Hence, Highmore’s private life remains a total mystery to the press.
The first time people started talking about his personal life was back in 2006 when he was rumored to have an affair with his Spiderwick Chronicles co-star Sarah Bolger. Back then he was only 15, while Cape turned 16, and their relationship lasted for three years. Neither of them ever spoke about the reason for their break-up. and they never gave any official confirmation either.
Soon after their break-up, Freddie Highmore got the press's attention again, as he was spotted on a date with Dakota Fanning. The two broke up the same year and we didn't hear a thing about their relationship for quite a while.
But 7 years after that relationship he was rumored to be in a relationship with actress Abigail Breslin, who we know from Little Miss Sunshine. Neither of the two confirmed anything either as well, and soon after that Abigail posted a picture of her kissing another man!
Nobody knows what's going on in the actor's love life. The scandalous newspaper Star released an article a few years ago, in which they wrote that Freddie had been single for almost 9 years, as that relationship with Dakota Fanning broke his heart.
Of course, you shouldn't believe those rumors, as the actor himself never spoke of his own relationships nor did he ever mention any names of his possible girlfriends. We just hope he's doing alright and is happy! It is known, though, that the star is close friends with his Bates Motel co-star Vera Farmiga, and even became the godfather to Fynn, her son with her husband Renn Hawkey.