The Good Doctor season 4 premiere spoilers follow.
The first two episodes, named 'Frontline', show the impact of coronavirus on the hospital and the main characters, including Harper's Dr Marcus Andrews.
Now, speaking exclusively to Digital Spy, the actor has recalled the "emotional" toll making the episodes took.
"I got emotional, honestly, reading – we did a table read of those episodes via Zoom before we shot them, and I think everybody got emotional," Harper said.
"There's so much pain and hurt and devastation around the world from COVID, particularly the early days of the pandemic when there was so much uncertainty and, you know, we all got emotional.
"Very proud of everyone in shooting those episodes, in stepping up, in telling a wonderful story that ultimately fundamentally is a homage to our front line health care workers to say thank you. Thank you for putting your lives on the line. Thank you for the work that you did, and we appreciate and love you for that."
In the two-parter, Andrews sleeps in a garage in order to protect his family from the virus, Harper revealing that after the episodes aired, he received praise from real-life doctors and nurses about the accuracy of what he was portraying.
"Yes... It was very emotional because early on in this pandemic there was so little information and it was so much isolation," he continued. "And it continues to be.
"But I wanted to get it right. I wanted to get it right from the standpoint of showing how difficult the work was. Because we see these doctors in the hospital but then you forget, going home can be just as isolating.
"And I got so many reach outs via my Instagram and Twitter from doctors and nurses that said 'thank you so much, I wanted people to see that, that that's the way I had to live...," he added. "...So many different stories that were similar."
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