How Serinda Swan learned from a coroner for ‘Coroner’
Q: In learning about depression and mental illness for “Coroner,” did you pick up any personal tools you didn’t have previously?
A: Absolutely. I think the more that I learn about her, the more I learn about myself. And I think that’s sort of the beauty of being an actor, is understanding that I’m never going to be her but I will be able to understand people in that situation better. I’m never going to fully understand everybody’s experiences but I like that it gives me the opportunity to be more connected and more understanding, more empathetic toward all these different experiences.
Q: What about learning about forensic medicine. Pick anything up there?
A: Oh yeah. I witnessed a real autopsy so I got right in there. I am a bit of an autodidact when it comes to studying for roles and things like that so there was only so much that I could read before I was like, “I actually need to be in the room because I need to understand the movement and the (way that) a pathologist moves and respects the body and all of that. And so I was lucky enough to work with an incredible pathologist named John Fernandez – who we actually lost last year to cancer – who was just the most incredible teacher, and walked me through the very surreal experience of being present for a full autopsy.
George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.