The Good Doctor Star Opens Up About His Relationship With Johnny Depp: 25 Facts About Freddie Highmore
Freddie Highmore has risen to the spotlight with his starring role as Dr. Shaun Murphy on The Good Doctor. But who is the man behind the leading actor? With the all-new season 4 airing, it's only right that we dig discover little-known details about him! Read the article till the end and find out why Highmore claims that people are often mistaken about Johnny Depp!
25. HE DOESN'T HAVE SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS
Highmore is pretty indifferent when it comes to social media, he prefers to stay away from Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. The star credits his abstinence from social media for his ability to separate his personal life from his on-screen life.
"Maybe I should just get some secret account somewhere and keep up to date with everything,” Freddie joked.
24. HE SPEAKS MULTIPLE LANGUAGES
Highmore studied Arabic and Spanish at university, however, he didn't practice his Arabic enough to retain it. He also studied French in his earlier in his schooling years. The actor has also shared that he would graciously accept the opportunity of starring in a film that uses a language other than English.
23. HE LIVED IN MADRID FOR A YEAR WHILE WORKING IN A LAW FIRM
When he was filming Bates Motel, Freddie also worked at a law firm translating documents from Spanish to English. Showrunners for the series were extremely impressed. During his time working and filming Madrid, the star would pretend that he had a Spanish grandmother so that he could easily make friends. Freddie told Jimmy Kimmel.
"I came up with this backstory that my grandmother was born in Galicia which is the Northwest part of Spain."
22. HIS REAL NAME ISN'T FREDDIE
Fans might be surprised to know that he's real name isn't Freddie. He was named Alfred Thomas Highmore by his mother Sue, who we have come to know is a talent agent and his father Edward Thomas Highmore, who is an actor. It seems the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree but more about that in the next fact about Alfred!
21. HE IS A MUSICIAN
When Freddie isn't on set or adding to his linguistic repertoire, the actor enjoys playing the clarinet. He also learned to play the guitar for his role in August Rush. In a throwback appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the young Freddie demonstrated how he plays the clarinet with his nostrils.
20. HE WENT TO UNIVERSITY TO FIGURE OUT WHAT HE WANTED TO DO WITH HIS LIFE
The actor is a graduate of the University of Cambridge, he successfully completed his studies in Arabic and Spanish while filming Bates Motel. Highmore admitted that he wanted to make sure that acting was a career field he genuinely wanted to pursue. He avoided settling by attending college.
"I think it also just helps you grow as an actor, too. If your only experiences are growing up on sets, then it gets to a point where you don’t have anything to draw on in terms of real-life experience to portray these characters."
19. HE'S A DIRECTOR AND WRITER
Freddie Highmore is not only talented on the screen, but he is also talented behind the scenes. The critically acclaimed actor penned some of the episodes of Bates Motel and also directed an episode of the hit show. He added a producer to his resume when he was made an official of The Good Doctor.
Additionally, the star co-wrote and directed an episode of The Good Doctor. Freddie shared his experience was a challenge he had been eagerly awaiting because he didn't feel fulfilled with just acting on the shows.
"I think it was born naturally out of working on a television show, because there was something odd to me about leaving the show behind in-between seasons, after putting so much into it on set for four, five months," he said.
18. HE DID A LOT OF RESEARCH TO DEVELOP DR. SHAUN MURPHY
Fans of The Good Doctor will know that Highmore plays the character of Dr. Shaun Murphy who is autistic. Of course, the character needed to be researched in order for him to provide an accurate depiction of autism. So, he watched documentaries and production had a consultant on set.
"It terms of the research, it's continual, Shaun is always evolving and changing. He's never static and it never feels like we've done enough,"Freddie stated.
Moreover, Highmore shared that Shaun is more than his diagnosis of autism and the show explores how he views the world and his experience of life. The star wanted to stray away from the stereotypes that seem to follow autistic people.
"What I think we are trying to do in portraying Dr. Shaun Murphy is moving away from perhaps stereotypical versions of people with autism that have been shown on television and in certain movies in the past, the No. 1 thing that they're devoid of emotion."
17. HE ENJOYS ACTING ON TV SHOWS
Throughout his Hollywood career, Highmore has starred in cinema and television roles but as of recent, he's maintained the television direction. According to Freddie, he made an active choice to do television when he became involved with The Good Doctor. What does he enjoy most about television?
"It allows you a greater amount of time to focus on telling story of your character."
16. HIS MOM WORKS WITH A HARRY POTTER STAR
Highmore's mother Sue Latimer is actually a talent agent and one of her clients is Daniel Radcliffe. The Harry Potter star and Freddie were childhood friends, the two became acquainted with one another through their parents. According to Freddie, they used to play together at the beach.
" I think there are photos of us somewhere. So it's funny that we've grown up and both ended up doing films."
His mother's portfolio of clients also includes himself and she's a great ally for his film career. The actor shared that his career has been shaped by his family as they would discuss projects as a unit before deciding which one he should take on. Freddie also added.
"It's very nice having my mum as my agent. You know that she's always doing what's best for you."
15. VALENTINE'S DAY IS HIS BLESSING AND HIS CURSE
Being born on the day of love can be a blessing and a curse according to the star. During his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, he joked that he always receives a card, even though it doesn't come from the person he would like for it to come from.
He recalls one year his friends planned a dinner party to celebrate his birthday and the restaurant decor was very romantic. Of course, they weren't pleased, and coincidently, they also ruined a couple's date night. The actor recalled the embarrassing moment:
"One of them turned and said 'Did you really have to come out tonight? Couldn't you have waited till tomorrow?' "
14. THE AMERICAN STYLE OF DATING CONFUSES HIM
In Highmore's opinion, the U.K. dating scene is different from North America. He figures dates are more straightforward in the U.K. - you might go out to see a movie or enjoy dinner together but the North American style might include extreme sports. Freddie finds this notion to be confusing as he never knows whether it's an actual date.
13. HE'S DATED A FEW CELEBS
The actor has been linked with a few Hollywood starlets. In 2006, it was rumored that he had a fling with his Spiderwick Chronicles castmate, Sarah Bolger. At the time, he was 15 and she was 16 but they pushed their relationship to the 3-year mark.
After the relationship concluded, he was spotted with fellow child star Dakota Fanning. The couple later separated that same year. Since Highmore prefers to keep his personal life low-key, it's not very often that you hear anything about his romantic partners. However, it was reported that Fanning broke his heart.
12. HE IS THE GODFATHER OF VERA FARMIGA'S SON
The actors played mother and son on Bates Motel and have taken their familial bond off the screen. Freddie has shared that the two experienced an instant connection when they first met on set in 2012. Freddie has since become the godfather of her son Flynn.
11. HE HAD A 3 DAY BREAK BETWEEN TWO BIG PROJECTS
The actor concluded his role 5-year role as Norman in the horror series Bates Motel just 3 days before joining The Good Doctor. Highmore stated that he felt drawn to the medical show because of the character Shaun. He also joked that after killing so many people in Bates Motel, he felt morally obligated to take on Shaun.
"I'd never seeen someone like Shaun potrayed on television...there was a responsibility we all assumed by taking on this character, we wanted to get it right but that was also something was exciting to me too," the star added.
Troubled Norman on Bates Motel is a sharp contrast from the noble character of Shaun; a young talented surgeon with Autism. However, Highmore welcomed the change because his view is that actors dream about portraying a variety of characters. Even though Shaun has Autism, he adapts to a new environment and is on a journey towards independence.
10. HE WAS GOING TO TURN DOWN HIS ROLE ON THE GOOD DOCTOR
While it's difficult to imagine an alternate reality where Dr. Murphy is played by another actor, it almost happened. It was revealed that the star and producers were not convinced he would be the right fit. He was also hesitant to sign on for another commitment after the successful Bates Motel.
"And the fact that you need to choose wisely because otherwise you could end up on something that you might not want to be doing for years and years, ” the actor added.
9. HE BEGAN ACTING AT THE AGE OF 7
As we mentioned earlier, the actor appeared in Women Talking Dirty, it was his first role in a film. Even though Freddie was acting consistently during his childhood, it wasn't a career that he automatically knew he would end up in. Highmore went to school and then university to discover his true ambitions and it brought him back to acting.