Max Burkholder Reveals How He Learned to Play a Character With Asperger's

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Max Burkholder is opening up about how he learned how to play his Asperger's Syndrome-stricken character on Parenthood.

The 15-year-old actor, who plays Max Braverman, the son of Peter Krause (Adam) and Monica Potter (Kristina) on the show, said his audition process involved a specialist who dealt with the Autism disorder.

"They brought in a doctor [to the audition] who specialized in working with children with Autism and Asperger's," Max told us. "I knew nothing of it beforehand. Since getting the part I've done research on it on my own online, just going to places like, met a few people that have Asperger's...have autism.

Playing the part hasn't only been rewarding for his career but also for his life in general.

"I've gotten a pretty good response from that community," he continued. "I've done quiet a few events for things like Autism Speaks. It's a lot of fun when you get to help people out like that through just doing something that you love to do."

Take a peek at which star Max has the closest relationship with on the show and who he would love to play his love interest in the clip above!

And don't forget to check out Max on Parenthood when the show's season five premieres Thursday on NBC at 10 p.m.

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