[Warning: Contains spoilers for season five of Suits]
Few things test a relationship like time apart. And with Mike Ross in the big house, it’s certainly going to put a strain on his romance with Rachel Zane -- especially after calling off their nuptials on their wedding day.
In a recent conference call with Suits star Patrick J. Adams, however, the actor revealed that, despite the challenges in his onscreen relationship with Meghan Markle’s character, he’s optimistic about their future.
“I think that Mike and Rachel were on the rocks,” Adams told reporters. “They were dealing with a heavy situation in that Mike was going away. But in some ways, in my opinion, their relationship -- even though it was so strange and they decided not to get married at the last moment -- it’s never been stronger.”
This may raise a few eyebrows among fans, considering that, two episodes in, Mike and Rachel haven’t been in a scene together.
“I think there’s a lot of love there; there’s a lot of trust,” Adams added. “There’s a lot of faith that when this thing was done, they would find their way back to each other. Obviously, because of the story, there’s not a ton of Mike and Rachel stuff shot so far. But there’s the presence of Rachel in Mike’s life -- and the effect that she has on him in the determination that she gives him for really wanting to get out of here and get back to her -- [that’s] what’s driving him… While they’re not together so much, the need and the desire to get back to each other is so strong over the course of the season, that it’s a real driving point for Mike.”
Adams also spoke about his real-life fiance, Troian Bellisario, who played Claire Bowden on Suits as the Pearson, Specter, Litt client who dated Mike Ross back when he was a bike messenger and knew his big secret. Though Bellisario appeared on the show as recently as season five, it’s not likely we’ll be seeing her on Suits this year.
“Thus far, there is no game plan for us working together,” Adams said. “She’s obviously not in prison, and I don’t know of any plan. Although I do know that those people responsible for making those decisions love having her on.”
So, what’s it like working with your significant other on a TV show?
“The best part is just getting to spend time [together],” the actor explained. “Obviously, she and I live very far from each other, and we don’t get to spend a ton of time together while we’re both shooting our shows. We met working together. We love working together and it’s just so easy and simple. It’s great for us to get to spend even more time together, so you can’t really get better than that.”
Watch a new episode of Suits on Wednesday at 9/8c, and see the latest episode “Accounts Payable” here.