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Donald Faison has been in tons of projects over the years. From Clueless (which features the ageless Paul Rudd) to Ray Donovan, his resume is quite extensive, but it's safe to say many of his fans remember him best from his time as Turk on Scrubs. It's not a surprise why, as his character was one of the highlights of the hilarious NBC comedy, but with that performance came a typecasting that is part blessing, part curse.
Donald Faison spoke about that blessing-curse while discussing his new role in the upcoming ABC family thriller Emergence. Faison spoke exclusively to CinemaBlend TV Editor Nick Venable during the TCA summer press tour about typecasting, and the two spoke at length about it when it was brought up that his character Alex is very different than the role we're used to seeing Faison in.
Donald Faison believed the folks in the audition saw Turk from Scrubs walk in when he came through the door, and he was right. Weirdly enough though, it was almost as though Faison's performance as Turk was enough for them to give him the courtesy of running through his entire audition, which was impressive enough to nab him the role of Alex.
That is not lost on Donald Faison, who realizes that playing Turk on Scrubs has become a double-edged sword in his career. Faison may be pigeon-holed into only being accepted into some roles because of it, but in the case of Emergence, playing Turk helped open a door that may have been closed had producers only known him from a lesser role.
Emergence gave Donald Faison a shot, and now he's one of the key characters in a family drama centered on a mysterious young child found near the site of an accident. She's taken in by newly-divorced police chief Jo Evans (Allison Tolman) and tries to unravel the mystery surrounding this child who can't remember who she is. There's also some weird goings-on and bizarre electrical interference tied to this kid, so there's a mystery for audiences to watch unravel.
Donald Faison plays Jo's ex husband Alex, and the father to their shared teenage daughter Bree (Ashley Aufderheide). Faison shared a bit of what Emergence is about, and what audiences who tune in can expect.
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