I guess you should approach the roles differently when they're actual people who have been, this is the difference. Getting the accent exact, or the hair exact is less important in a situation like this.
I think she looked at Vivien the same way. Of course you can. You know. And, and yet with great respect, because she knew how hard it must have been. And that it was even harder for him, of course, than for her.
It's really about perseverance over a long period of time, and the fact that despite all the absurd limitations that racism sort of imposed on Vivien and Blalock, and the culture in which they were living, Vivien managed to stay focused on the goal.
Just the actual physical ability to hold four instruments simultaneously and do some of the things that Vivien was able to do is mind blowing to any surgeon. He never went to medical school and he became one of the great teachers of medicine himself, people are just amazed.
On the other hand, there are only so many people who really knew how she was exactly, like what did her accent sound like, and the fact that she developed profound deafness when she was first running the Harriet Lane.
One friend of mine, he's a surgeon, too. He was staggered that without formal training, that anyone self taught could use their hands and do what Vivien did and invent these instruments, and respirator, and things that he did that were just unbelievable innovations.
She did all these amazing things that we don't have time to show because it's not about Helen Taussig, but she really was a remarkable, remarkable woman, and the more I read about her, the more amazed I was that I'd never heard of her.