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Chicago Med's Roland Buck III Was Drawn To Noah's Flawed Nature

The "One Chicago" franchise isn't only famous for its loving depiction of the Illinois city but also its believable and rich cast of characters. As the franchise mainly focuses on the many hard-working public service members who call Chicago home, it takes time to understand its characters professionally and personally. This is no exception for the third series in the "One Chicago" franchise, "Chicago Med."

Since 2015, the medical drama has followed the trials and tribulations of the Gaffney Chicago Medical Center staff as they save lives while trying to maintain their own. Former medical resident Noah Sexton (Roland Buck III) is among those trying to achieve such a balance. Appearing from the show's first season to its sixth, Noah is the younger brother of April Sexton (Yaya DaCosta) and has remained a constant presence. While he has an unquestionable passion for the medical field, Noah's tendencies for breaking protocol and acting immature have gotten him in some hot water. But those same struggles have made the character believable for both audiences and Noah's actor, Roland Buck III.

Buck knows how important representation is

For the first six seasons of the hit series "Chicago Med," Roland Buck III brought rich life and dimension to Noah Sexton. And while Sexton enjoys playing such a well-meaning character, it is his many errors that have kept the actor thoroughly invested. In a 2017 interview with The Knockturnal, Buck is asked what drew him to play Noah. Buck responds, "What I like about Noah is that he is flawed, very human ... you don't necessarily have to be a 'square' or a 'nerd' to be in the medical field. He is flawed but he is genuine and he means well, and you see growth with him."

Buck's interest in portraying the character runs far deeper, however, as the actor recognizes the position he has as an actor of color. " ... I think that it is really great that I am playing a young doctor of color in the city of Chicago, so I can show other men of color they can identify with me and see that there is more that we can do," he continues on Knockturnal. "Sometimes if you are not represented in that field, sometimes you don't see that." He relates the statement to his inspiration to get into acting after seeing actor Taye Diggs in the 1999 film "The Wood" as a child.

As inspiring as it's been to see Noah's story unfold, perhaps even more worth celebrating are the honorable intentions of his actor.