December 14th, 2011
04:23 PM ET
Playing a lawyer with photographic memory who fools an entire law firm into believing he is a Harvard grad certainly pays off.
Patrick J. Adams, star of the USA show “Suits,” has nabbed a SAG nomination for outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series.
As a first-timer, Adams said he wasn’t even aware of the announcement and is still very surprised. “I’m so excited and overwhelmed to be in the company of these actors,” Adams told CNN. “These are the people I take my cues from. Insane. And I watch those shows. I can’t wait to sit with them and talk about their shows.”
In “Suits,” which recently finished its first season, Adams plays Mike Ross, a talented college-dropout who makes a living taking the LSAT for other people until he gets a job with one of the best lawyers in New York City, Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht). Together, Mike and Harvey work on (and win) some of the firm’s biggest cases while covering up Mike’s secret.
Adams said that he's tried to bring some of his real-life sentiments and experiences to his character.
“It’s been such a year of firsts for me,” he said. “That sort of bewilderment, that sort of wide-eyed fascination with this brand new world, I have colored Mike with that. Mike was a way for me to tell the story of somebody who has decided that enough is enough.”
Critics have also noted that the strong chemistry between the two leads, Adams and Macht, sets the show apart, something that Adams says also exists “100 percent off set.”
And speaking of chemistry, we wondered about Mike’s love triangle situation, where he is torn between his current girlfriend and best friend Jenny Griffith (Vanessa Ray) and the firm's paralegal, Rachel Zane (Meghan Markle). When asked who he thinks Mike should be with, Adams refused to take sides.
“Do you know how many mad phone calls I would get from Meghan Markle and Vanessa Ray?” he joked. “I think it is obvious that people respond to Rachel and Mike. But with the evolution of the show, things are going to get a lot more specific.”
In the season finale, we saw his best friend spill the beans on Mike’s secret out of spite to the managing partner of the firm. While Adams couldn’t give too much away, he said that the writers might change the dynamic there.
“All of us - the writers, the producers - are interested to see how long a secret can stay,” he said. “You are going to see people writing more towards the innumerable strengths of the characters.”
Adams’ next project is a role on the HBO series “Luck” with Dustin Hoffman, which premiered on December 11. The second season of “Suits” will premiere in summer 2012.
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