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Robert Sean Leonard Talks House

Published October 3, 2007 in Television
By Fred Topel | Image property of Fox.
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Things are still shaken up on House with the original team of interns fired and Dr. House forced to look into new candidates. One constant remains Wilson, House's oncologist friend played by Robert Sean Leonard. This year is only more of the usual for Leonard.

Leonard Remains in the House

"For the first three episodes, we're very busy reshuffling the show," said Leonard. "You know, it's a whole new show. People were fired last year, doctors not actors. So that takes up a lot of the early episodes, just figuring out what we're going to do with House and his lack of a medical team."

With new actors playing characters applying for fellowships with House, Wilson has enjoyed meeting a few new costars. "They're all fantastic. We have a huge problem actually because now our show is like The Ten Commandments. We've got trailers everywhere because we have a lot of prospective new doctors to work with House. Everyone loves all of them and we have this problem because it's not The Electric Company. You can't have 12 major characters on a TV show for very long or it becomes a Ken Burns documentary."

He has not completely said goodbye to Omar Epps, Jesse Spencer and Jennifer Morrison either. "They're around. They all have stuff to do. To be honest, I don't know where this is all going to end. I sometimes wonder if the writers do either."

The season premiere had Wilson go into the field with House, but that will not become a regular feature. "I pretty much do what I usually do. I'm around a little bit more in the first few because of the vacuum created by the other three's leaving but my role is pretty much the same. I don't really do diagnosis with everyone."

The premiere also had Wilson mess with House, kidnapping his guitar. "That's a particularly mess-heavy episode. Yeah, that will always be in our relationship in the show. That's a fairly mess-heavy episode."

This is the way Leonard likes it. He's not looking for Wilson-centric episodes in which to star. "God, I hope not. It's too hard. I wouldn't have Hugh Laurie's schedule for the world. I want to work as little as possible."

Wilson just serves as House's sort of psychiatrist, even though his actual practice is oncology. "He's an oncologist to make a living. I think he's probably shrink to a lot of people. I think he does a lot of therapy. I know I do. I think that's the kind of guy he is. He tries to help people out and tries to help them along and make them see things. There are people who do that."

House airs Tuesday nights on Fox.

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