by Keith Davis, USANetwork.com
Mike Ross is back! We sat down with Suits star Patrick J. Adams ahead of his anticipated return to the series to get his thoughts on the success of Suits, Harvey and Donna's romance and the show finally coming to an end.
USANetwork.com: When we last saw Mike Ross, he and Rachel tied the knot and moved out to Seattle. What brings him back to the firm one last time?
Patrick J. Adams: He's here to drive Harvey crazy as per usual! He's got a case. He represents somebody who is taking issue with one of Harvey's client. So he's here to draw that out and to go head-to-head with Harvey and Samantha and make their lives miserable. I think he was looking for a way to come back and sort of challenge Harvey. When you're the student and you leave the master, you've got to come back one last time to take the master head-on and prove to yourself that you've kind of grown more powerful than him. I think this is Mike's opportunity to do that and go toe-to-toe with Harvey and see if he can beat him.
USA: What are your thoughts on the show finally coming to an end?
PJA: I don't think I've really processed it yet honestly. I've said this before -- I've never done anything this long in my life. I've never done something for 10 years essentially in a row. So I'm just trying to take it all in and take the memories as they come by and just really center on gratitude for an incredible experience that very few people get the opportunity to experience. As I realize this might be the last moment I get to be here or do this, I just let that wash over me and quietly say goodbye and try and figure out what's next. It's less about thoughts and more about feelings. It's just a lot of feelings that come out of the nowhere.
USA: When did you know the show was going to be a hit?
PJA: It came in different stages. The big moment for me when I realized that this was something beyond anything I could comprehend was when I started traveling overseas. I was in New Zealand, and I was on a backpacking trip out in the deep jungle away from all people. I was with Troian. She wasn't my wife yet, but we were hiking. We get to this campsite in the middle of nowhere, and there's this family hanging out by one of the cabins. We sort of walk over to it to ask them for hot water or something. They were making some food. One of them turns and goes, "Oh my God. It's Mike Ross!" I just couldn't believe it. We were in the middle of the wilderness, and this family was like, "It's Mike Ross!" That was the moment where I was like, "I can't believe this. This is so crazy."
Then I started traveling all over the world and seeing people from so many different kinds of communities in so many different countries and they all love Suits. That to me was mind blowing to be part of something that becomes global and not just popular in the states. It was pretty remarkable.
USA: What do you think it is about the show that has made it so successful and as popular as it is?
PJA: One thing that I think for sure, that crosses cultures, is that millions and millions of people on this planet go to work every day somewhere. They wake up. They leave their home. They leave their family, their blood family, and they go somewhere to do work. Where they do that work, they have a new community. They have a new family. A lot of the time they spend more time with that family than they do their real family.
There's something about Suits that I think taps into that concept of the family that you find yourself in because of your professional life and your calling. It's about how that community works. It's about the trust. It's about the relationships. It's about the battles. It's about the disagreements. I think people are really drawn to that kind of workplace. We can see it in any kind of workplace, but there's something really specific about an office building. Yes, we're lawyers in this show, but I also think it could be any office.
At the end of the day, they want to see people taking care of each other, rooting for each other, sometimes backstabbing each other, manipulating. They want to see all of it because that's what happens at work. I think people relate to that, and they want to see themselves being projected on the screen. I think a lot of people, and I've seen it all over the world, people are like, "Oh, I know the Mike in my office, and I know the Donna in my office, and I know the Harvey in my office." There's something archetypal about the whole thing that people really relate to.
USA: What are your thoughts on Harvey and Donna finally making it official and getting together?
PJA: Super happy about it. We've been waiting 10 years! Mostly just happy for Harvey to settle down. It's good. He needs that.
USA: What would you like to say to all the fans of Suits?
PJA: It's really hard to express in words beyond just the deepest, most heartfelt thank you. The energy, the enthusiasm, the kindness, the joy... sometimes you were hard on us and you kept us honest and you pushed us to try harder and do more. When you come to work on something, it's the fact that our fans have supported us so much over the years that makes us come to work and say, "No, let's not settle for this scene being this way," or, "This joke isn't quite funny enough," or, "We're not getting enough out of this moment." It's because people care so much, and we see that, and we know that we have a responsibility to them that we come to work and try to push it further and dig deeper and get more out of any given scene.
That's not just the cast. That's the entire crew. People have been here for 10 years and still they show up to a scene and they go, "This isn't right. We could do better. We got to figure out this. We can get a better shot. Let's stay an extra half hour and get this right." That's always been the attitude on the set, but it wouldn't happen unless we knew people out there cared as much as they do about the show. We're just so grateful that they gave us a home and a reason to keep doing this for 10 years.
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