Roland Buck III exudes charm. The Chicago Med actor has been capturing hearts on the NBC medical drama as Dr. Noah Sexton, and now with a whirlwind year under his belt and an exciting 2018 just around the corner, Buck is ready to show the world how versatile he is. The 29-year-old is no stranger to the grind. “This year’s been pretty busy, and I’m glad, it’s changed a lot,” he reflected. “I just think anything worth having doesn’t come easy. I think everything is hard or should be in anything that you love to do — if you could just have it, then it loses its luster.”
When he thinks about his acting career, the Chicago native relates it to his time on the football field. “I think football and sports taught me a great work ethic,” Buck revealed. “I’ve been through some practices that physically felt and mentally felt like I was about to die. But I didn’t. So when you push your body and your mind to a certain limit you know you’re not going to die. It’s okay, you can just keep pushing forward. The pain, the struggle won’t last forever. I use that toward acting as well. You figure out what works for you and what doesn’t, but the preparation and the focus — what you put in on the downtime is what people don’t see. Acting gives me that same immediate satisfaction, the thrill of losing yourself in something, and getting that immediate response from people evoking some kind of emotion. That’s the only thing that gave me that rush and that chill, so I knew that’s what I wanted to do.”
Wearing Dr. Noah’s scrubs has been a ton of fun for Buck. The reluctant doctor is always cracking jokes and trying to find the silver lining in every situation. Noah’s humanity is what spoke to Buck when he first read for the part. “I think sometimes you look at someone in a uniform, or in a specific position, (and) you don’t see them as a brother or father or a son anymore,” he explained. “You just look at them as a doctor or a police officer or a soldier. They’re just like us; they can mess up. That’s what I liked about Noah. I think this is a different story of a doctor that you haven’t heard yet. There’s a lot of people that are first-generation Americans, and their families moved from different countries to make a better life for themselves. The medical field is a steady job profession. I think Noah makes mistakes. He’s genuine and he’s growing, he’s learning. I like that he has redemption, I like that he’s flawed, I like that he’s a doctor of color in Chicago. He’s charismatic with the ladies, so he’s not a square, by any means. He shows that it’s cool to be a doctor. You don’t have to perfect either. You can be a lot more than what’s been shown on TV. And I think that’s good. I’m grateful and humbled that I got that opportunity to portray that.”
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