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 built the cast prostheses to test their skills with bone saws and other instruments. “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.