While we wait impatiently for tonight’s episode to see which of the new potential team members of Gregory House will getting booted off the island… er, out of the program … we caught up recently with the cast regulars at a benefit for the genetic disorder Spinal Muscular Atrophy (which was the highlighted “disease of the week” on the Oct. 9 episode of the hit medical drama). We asked them the tough question: How they’ve mastered the complicated medical jargon for the show every week. Here’s what they had to say:
•Jesse Spencer (Dr. Chase): “Say it over and over and over again. Break it up into smaller and smaller words, like you do when you’re watching Sesame Street. •Jennifer Morrison (Dr. Cameron): “I have a Mac and I go into Garage Band and I record myself saying the words, and then you can loop it over and over again, and then you burn it onto a CD so I can listen to it in the car on the way to work. I can listen to all my medical words over and over again. They’re a little bit more familiar that way, and it’s easier.
•Robert Sean Leonard (Dr. Wilson): “I just worked on a documentary on the whaling industry and I had to memorize about seven pages of Moby Dick, and I thought ‘How can I memorize seven pages of Moby Dick?’ And two days later I had it. I’ve never been able to explain why I’m able to do that. I don’t think actors know how that happens.”
•Lisa Edelstein (Dr. Cuddy): “I think it’s one of those skills that you have to gain by practice. I used to play piano when I was kid and I think that helps in terms of memorization skills … Every once in a while I write it in my file, if it’s really a tongue-twister.
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