Justin Bartha (‘The Good Fight’) on darker, sexier tone of ‘The Good Wife’ spin-off [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO]

“I tried not to play him too likeable,” admits Justin Bartha about his role as hot-shot attorney Colin Morello on CBS All Access’ “The Good Fight.” In our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above), the actor reveals how he approached playing this character, who appears a little arrogant and self-assured at first. “A lot of these guys are so smart and so confident in a seemingly off-putting way,” he explains. “They have a very strong and specific point of view. What I was trying to do was to show that this guy was a cocky, smart dude that maybe was a playboy, but as the season rolls out you see where that comes from … I was so interested in seeing where that confidence came from, and how sustainable it is and what it is actually covering up.”

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“The Good Fight” is the highly anticipated spin-off of the successful Emmy-winning “The Good Wife,” the first original series from CBS All Access, the network’s exclusive streaming service. The action picks up a year after “The Good Wife” ends, and focuses on Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski), who joins an all-black law firm in Chicago, along with cohort Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo), numerous featured players from the original CBS flagship series and new cast members Erica Tazel, Delroy Lindo, Sarah Steele and Bernadette Peters to name just a few.

Bartha was particularly keen to join the show because showrunners Robert King and Michelle King had an exciting new platform to continue telling stories without the shackles that often come with working on network television. “It was the Kings, uncut,” he says, adding that this freedom “allows them to flesh out their full vision and not worry about network censorship and really make a darker in tone show; that is what really attracted me.”

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Many of Bartha’s scenes this season were with “Good Wife” alum Jumbo who plays a similarly super-confident attorney. “It’s a chess game between these two characters, and we don’t know how that will play out,” the actor says. “When we first met each other we were immediately on the same page about how these characters complimented each other and how they differed from each other. They have similar personalities and are both wildly ambitious,” Bartha explains. “What really interested me was how that ambitiousness mixes with your personal life. Sometimes it hinders your personal life, sometimes the lines are blurred.”

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