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Paige Spara is an American actress best known for her starring role as Lea Dilallo in the ABC medical drama The Good Doctor. Continue reading to learn more.
The road to everlasting love isn’t always easy, but it’s well worth the effort we put in to find our happily ever after.
Just ask Paige Spara of The Good Doctor, whose character Lea Dilallo has been waiting to walk down the aisle with Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) for the majority of Season 5, but has been plagued by major hiccups.
Dr. Shaun ended their relationship in the midst of wedding preparations after she tampered with hospital paperwork and refused to report it to her boss for fear of being fired from St. Bonaventure Hospital, where they both work.
She also lied to Shaun about her weekend trip to Montana, where she begged Dr. Aaron Glassman (Richard Schiff), Shaun’s close friend and mentor, to return to the hospital and save Shaun’s life.
The lovers, who have weathered many storms since meeting early in the medical drama, continue to debate whether their relationship can withstand breaches of trust.
Lea tells Shaun early on in the relationship that she could never be serious about him because of his autism, despite the fact that he is a brilliant surgeon. This feeds Shaun’s insecurities later on.
Spara was cast in two episodes of The Good Doctor as Dr. Shaun’s friend and neighbor Lea, but she was soon given a recurring role, and the friendship blossomed into love, culminating in a marriage proposal at the end of Season 4.
The looming question is whether or not they will marry. What is Spara’s take on it? “I’ve always wanted Shaun and Lea to be together because I adore their relationship.” “It just speaks to patience and empathy,” Spara exclusively tells Parade.
“I love the grace that a couple in a relationship can provide for one another and how this looks with someone who is neurotypical and someone who has autism,” she adds. “I am completely rooting for them!”
There are a lot of big topics going on in these next couple of episodes, including a focus on love, trust, honesty, relationships, and will Shaun and Lea ultimately walk down the aisle. Can you talk about that a little bit?
There is much going on. We’ll pick up with Shaun and Lea addressing a mistake made by Lea.
Yes, it was done out of love, but it is still wrong. So, we’ll see how they explore that conversation to see if they can move forward or not, and what that means for them.
Then there’s the hospital, where there are so many conversations and so much at stake right now about people’s priorities in medicine and their own belief systems, and where that lies.
Do you personally think a couple like Shaun and Lea can overcome all of these obstacles?
I believe it is up to the couple. But, given their track record and the fact that Shaun really calls Lea to be honest with herself and with him.
In that sense, he is a mirror for her, and I believe she has learned a lot from him. I believe she has also demonstrated to herself that she is capable of speaking from an honest and truthful place.
As we’ve seen, they can come together and move forward in the world as long as they have that as their foundation. Whatever that means for them.
Were some of the wedding prep stuff fun for you? Do you enjoy that?
Oh, yeah. I’ve never been married, so trying on all these dresses was fantastic, especially that nightmare sequence with Freddie out in the rain; it’s always a joy to film anything with Freddie.
What’s in store for our wedding this season has taken both of us by surprise, and we’ve been having a lot of fun just diving in.
Did you enjoy wearing wedding dresses?
Lorraine and Lux, our wardrobe ladies, are absolutely lovely. They have been so helpful in showing me how to feel good in my own skin and what that looks like in terms of clothing. They have taught me a great deal about tailoring.
Honestly, shockingly, it’s taught me more about relationships, both mentally and emotionally, than I could have ever told you five years ago when I started this show.
Talk about working with Freddie Highmore.
Freddie has made me feel very capable of playing Lea since day one. He has taught me so much about what it means to be a professional in the medical field, as well as a professional for the actors and crew with whom you work.
Those are lessons I’ll carry with me for the rest of my career, so I consider myself extremely fortunate to have learned them all with Freddie because I trust everything he does because he sets such a good example by leading by example.
Can you talk about bad guys—and bullies—our favorite doctors have had to deal with at St. Bonaventure Hospital? For example, Salen is somebody that we all just love to hate.
She definitely has a genuine villainess about her. She has me laughing even during table reads because the authenticity with which she portrays this character is simply amazing. Rachel Jones is incredible.
Do you feel that Lea did the wrong thing, changing Shaun’s patient approval scores to make him look and feel better?
That’s an excellent question. My heart goes out to that side of the conversation because I know she meant well and did it out of love.
In the same way, I can understand where Shaun’s heart is in this situation. It’s probably very triggering for him.
This situation is extremely triggering. It reminds me of a lot of their previous conversations.
For Shaun, I believe this may raise the question, “Are you going to sideline a lot of daily situations and tasks because you’re going to give in to my autism, or are you going to see me as an equal and respect my own path I’m on?” Because there are so many dividends, this is a difficult question to answer.
The role of Lea was only supposed to be a couple of episodes. When you became a regular, what was that like personally as an actress?
Oh, it transformed my life in so many ways. It whisked me away from Los Angeles and to Vancouver, Canada.
It transported me to a completely different universe in my late twenties and early thirties. Being around this cast and group at this point in my professional life has been life-changing for me.
It has simply taught me so much about the person I want to be as a professional in this world, as well as about who I am as a young adult. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be here at this time in my life. It’s insane.
What kind of fan comments do you get on social media—or in person?
I’m not as active on social media as I once was. I’ve weaned myself away from it.
The comments that I have received and that I believe will continue to receive from the little that I have gone into, they find it so—I find it so humbling and, once again, an honor and a privilege to carry forth such a story that has been so impactful and has made so many people feel seen.
Especially in regards to Shaun and Lea’s storyline and what their love can and does look like, as well as how it evolves over time. That is extremely satisfying to me.
Are there other actors that you work with a lot with who you’ve become friendly?
Everyone in this is fantastic. Again, we are extremely fortunate to have been surrounded by the best people. I enjoy getting to know the newcomers, especially Noah [Galvin] and Bria [Henderson].
They have brought such beautiful energy to the show, both on and off set, that I feel so fortunate to be a part of it.
One of the perks of being an actor is that you are usually surrounded by such lovely people.
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