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Keir Gilchrist Might Not Be Autistic, but He Is a Fantastic Actor

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Keir Gilchrist made his debut in the 2004 drama, The Right Way, and his career picked up swiftly afterward. By 2018, he landed roles in blockbusters like a rom-com about a budding love story between two psychiatry patients, It's Kind of a Funny Story, and the horror movie, It Follows. 

However, most viewers will be familiar with the actor from the Netflix series, Atypical. His exceptional performance led some fans to wonder: is Keir Gilchrist autistic like his on-screen character? 

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Keir Gilchrist is an incredibly talented actor, an amateur photographer blessed with an eagle eye for the best snaps, and an enthusiastic traveler and adventurer. 

He cites two highly successful economists as his close relatives, David Wilfred and Douglas Peters. He was awarded his first serious recognition as an actor in 2013, when he won the Best Actor category of the Williamsburg Independent Film Festival for his performance in Seasick Sailor. But it's not the facts that we're here for.

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 Let's settle the matter once and for all: is Keir Gilchrist autistic?

Long story short: he is not. Which goes to show just how talented and exceptionally prepared of an actor he really is.  

Which resources did Keir rely on for his role in Atypical? 

In a previous interview with Variety, the actor lists books and memoirs the creator of Atypical, Robia Rashid recommended for him to peruse. 

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These include David Finch's 2012 memoir, The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome and One Man’s Quest to Be a Better Husband, which chronicles the demise of David's marriage, his first attempts to seek professional help and his eventual diagnosis with Asperger syndrome. It was this volume that Keir relied on the most during the shooting. 

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How does Atypical portray autism? 

In addition to Keir's precise, perfectly timed, richly detailed acting, Atypical illustrates the increased, overwhelming sensory phenomena those living with autism frequently describe via a set of additional visual effects, special editing techniques, and first-person voiceovers. To provide an accurate portrayal the community will find relatable, the creators of the show also relied on the help of an on-set consultant, explained Robia to Vulture.

Hang on, what exactly is Atypical about? 

The Netflix coming of age drama zooms in on the everyday life of a teenage boy, Sam (Keir), who has to tackle challenges like falling in love for the first time, finding friends at high school and maintaining good relationships with his protective sister, Casey (Brigette Lundy-Paine), well-meaning, though somewhat intrusive mother, Elsa (Jennifer Jason Leigh), and quiet dad, Doug (Michael Rapaport), while also managing his symptoms. 

Season 3 will see Sam get his hands on his first-ever university student ID card (a landmark moment), new difficulties emerge in his closely knit friendship group, while it will also capture his first, life-changing discoveries made as a Scientific Illustration student at the Denton University. 

The third season of Atypical will be available on Nov. 1, 2019. 

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