Patrick J. Adams describes his character on the freshman USA drama series “Suits” as “scraping the bottom of the barrel.” After the death of his parents, Mike Ross has dropped out of law school even though he has a brilliant legal mind. However, Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) still hires him, telling his partners he is a Harvard Law School graduate.
The actor revealed to senior editors Rob Licuria and Chris Beachum that his arrogant character has been humbled: “I think it’s probably been beaten out of him through a series of events that have taken place. He’s so shamed that he is so smart and capable, and yet he hasn’t accomplished any of the things he has set out to accomplish.”
While Adams has guested on some top series (“Lost,” “Friday Night Lights”) this is his first starring part. He also has a recurring role on the much-anticipated HBO drama series “Luck” from Michael Mann and David Milch that debuts Jan. 29. He cautioned he must “be careful” discussing the show because he “doesn’t want them coming and hunting me down.” Working with Dustin Hoffman, Nick Nolte, Joan Allen, Michael Gambon, and Nick Nolte was a “master class” and he admits he spent most of his time “trying to keep my food down and to breathe.”