The Bridge/FX/2013-2014 (Autism)
Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger), a hard-nosed, socially awkward police detective working for the El Paso Police Department who suffers (undiagnosed) from Asperger’s Syndrome, or a similar Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Sonya’s Asperger’s both helps and hinders her. It distances her emotionally from others, impeding her ability to sensitively approach victims’ families. But, on the bright side, her condition helps her focus and really look at things from a different point of view.
Detective Cross is teamed with homicide Detective Marco Ruiz (Damián Bichir), a charming Chihuahua State Police Officer. Their task: to capture a serial killer who is operating in both countries. His latest victim is an American judge known for anti-immigration views who was found dead on the bridge connecting El Paso, Texas and Juárez, Mexico. The body was actually in two parts: one half was the judge, the other half was a missing teen.
On a private note: Sonya’s sister, Lisa Cross was killed when Sonya was 15. Sonya makes a point of visiting her sister’s murderer in prison. He suffered brain damage but draws pictures, images that Sonya places on her refrigerator. Perhaps, one day, the drawings will offer some insight into the man’s motivation for killing her beloved sibling.
Note: The show title refers to the “Bridge of the Americas” that serves as a border crossing between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico.
The series is based on Broen, a Scandinavian crime series about a dead body found on the bridge connecting Denmark and Sweden.
To understand her role as someone with autism, actress Diane Kruger received guidance from Autism Speaks, a U.S. autism awareness and research organization. Alex Plank, a young filmmaker with Asperger’s was on-set to advise Kruger on her portrayal.