‘Good Sam’ gives Sophia Bush and her co-stars a crash course in medicine | Television

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The actors of the new medical drama, “Good Sam”, are so invested in their work that they exchange surgical videos they find on the Internet.

“It’s not like it’s our job,” says Sophia Bush, who plays a heart surgeon. “It’s like it’s the thing that matters most to us and someone is paying us for it.”

Bush’s interest in medicine goes back to his childhood: “I wanted to be a doctor and I was particularly fascinated by heart surgery. Then my high school drama teacher got in the way and put me in my first play. You can imagine the shock when I told my parents that I was not going to medical school, that I was going to study acting and learn how to make costumes and do makeup.

Medicine may be the one that got away, but Bush wasn’t exactly a slacker in acting – she starred in ‘One Tree Hill’, then ‘Chicago PD’ before taking the role in ‘ Good Sam”. Originally scheduled to film in February 2020, production was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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“That first day that we arrived on set, you could feel the gratitude and the appreciation to be able to do this and tell this story now,” said creator/executive producer Katie Wech. “We had a new appreciation for a medical show with such a big heart.”

In the CBS series, Bush plays a surgeon who replaces his father (played by Jason Isaacs) as the hospital’s top heart specialist when he falls into a coma. When he wakes up, he wants to get back to his job, which means he’s working under her.

For Bush, the most interesting part of the role is doing medical rehearsals and making sure she performs a procedure correctly. “I’m actually living a dream,” she said during a Zoom conference.

A recent episode found her practicing making an incision on a prosthetic body. “I’m just slicing this body over and over on the rib cage. I’m like, ‘I really hope nobody finds this and says, ‘What crazy serial killer did this to our prosthetic?’ »

Rehearsals, Bush says, help actors film in one take. The props people built prosthetics to test their skills with bone saws and other implements. “The whole pilot, I sat there doing one-handed surgical knots and did them so well.”

Because she and the others represent medical workers during a particularly difficult time, they do not take their performance lightly.

Skye P. Marshall, who plays another doctor on the show, says she worked in a hospital when she was in the US Air Force. Now, as an actress, she finds out what real surgeons go through. “Creating this choreography in the operating room is like a dance routine,” she explains. “It gets so much fun when you nail it. We are constantly learning.

Currently, actors are finding shortcuts to mastering terminology (doctors directed them to an app) and following surgeons on Instagram.

During the pandemic — when they couldn’t perform on their own show — they watched “Grey’s Anatomy.”

“All 17 seasons,” Bush says. “During COVID.”

“Good Sam” airs on CBS.

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