The NBC medical drama, New Amsterdam
, which is now in its third season, is based on the novel Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital
by Eric Manheimer. The series starts when the main character, Max Goodwin, played by Ryan Eggold, who is based on Manheimer himself, becomes the medical director of the New Amsterdam Medical Center and wants to change the way patients receive care. Jocko Sims plays the role of Dr. Floyd Reynolds, head of the Cardiac Surgical Department.
Eggold and Sims recently talked to journalists during a junket about working on the series, how they are inspired by their characters, and more.
Be sure to check out our portion of the video interview below.
The actors talked to SciFi Vision about what they learned from their characters that affected them or changed their lives the most. Eggold told the site, “It’s a lot of things. I mean, this character is based off of Eric Mannheimer. [He] was a real guy who was a very altruistic, thoughtful guy, very human, very warm. [He] always wanted to be connected to his patients and his fellow doctors and things and, actually, sincerely wanted to create change, positive, forward change, which those people are so few and far between.
“So, to emulate someone like that just inspires you to want to be that way, to want to be more thoughtful, to want to listen and pay attention more, and to ask yourself, ‘How can I be less focused on myself and more focused on other folks and helping and things like that?’