Patrick J. Adams Interview

Patrick J Adams - aka Mike Ross - gives us the lowdown on Series 2 of Suits.

Patrick J Adams - aka Mike Ross

Suits has been really well received, have you been surprised by the level of enthusiasm?

"Obviously it's been overwhelming. Whenever you start a project like this you begin it in a bit of a bubble. There are so many pilots made and never get seen, so to have gotten this far is a little bit of a surreal dream come true and all of us on the show are so excited and honoured to have people respond the way that they do. It's a real gift."

There are a lot of legal dramas around, what do you think sets Suits apart?

"I think the fact that the word legal is not the most important part. I think a lot of shows, especially over the last sort of ten years, have really relied on this procedural thing where at the end of the episode you're supposed to believe you're a professional lawyer.

"I think it's nice to be on a show that moves away from that and realises that what keeps people coming back is not so much the cases but the relationships with the people in the show. I think the writers do a really good job with picking cases that are interesting and take us in new directions but never distract from what's really going on, which is people interacting with each other."

What's coming up for Mike in season two?

"In season one he was about to be revealed, so obviously the stakes are very high going into the second season. He has to sort of act very impulsively and make a case for staying [at the firm]. Pearson Hardman itself is really under attack in a big way and they all need to stay together in a way, so it's fun to see how all the relationships change when there's this external force working against the entire firm.

"And then him and Rachel obviously become closer and closer and we get to explore some of the real obstacles [involved with going] from being friends to being more and the difficulties involved with that. We get some great new characters into the firm that shake things up in a big way. It's really a lot like the first season, but it kinda kicks up a notch."

You mentioned Mike's relationship with Rachel, how is that going to develop?

"It's the big question of every TV show, right, where you have these two people who it's clear the world wants to put them together and everyone wants to see them together, but also when you're telling these stories you can't throw these people together immediately.

"What's really interesting and fun to explore is not just the falling in love and everything being great, but the obstacles to falling in love. I think the writers are doing a really great job with [that]. Obviously they work together, that's difficult, obviously Mike has a major secret that he can't really share with anyone, so there's a lot of things standing in between those two.

"Nevertheless they obviously really understand each other and have a connection. By the end of season two there's some big movements for both of them, movements forward and backwards, so it's a fun relationship to keep an eye on."

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