‘ As an actor, I’ve lied about everything’
“THE women on Suits are running things, they’re a lot more together than the guys.
I was raised with sisters, so any show with strong women I’m totally into – that was my life growing up.
And we’re blessed on Suits because (the actresses are) not all just so beautiful, but they’re so intelligent and fun to play with on set.
Everybody is so talented and it’s great to be in this show where it seems to be about these guys who are all in control, but they can be torn down by any of these women, at any time. That’s my experience of the world too. My character Mike told a lie that is a huge part of the show. It absolutely has to be dealt with and they’re playing a long game with it.
I want to see him have to answer to what’s been going on, for me that’s the interesting next step for Mike.
My favourite shows are ones that are unafraid to throw things at them that changes the show forever. I’m always fighting for that.
For five years we’ve been in this office doing what we do, I’d be excited to see what would happen if something happened that Mike couldn’t come back easily from. I don’t know if that means getting arrested or running away, but I’d be curious to see how things unrolled.
I’ve lied about everything! As an actor, you have to lie (to get jobs). And it’s not necessarily a lie because if you can learn it in the two days before you start the job then you can do it.
The biggest lie I ever told was that I could deal blackjack to get a summer job in Northern Yukon.
It’s a goldmining town and it was the best job you could get – other than goldmining – because it’s really strenuous dealing blackjack. So I lied and said, ‘I’ve dealt blackjack for years’.
Then I went home and sat there and flipped over the deck and learnt to count to 21 over and over again with a friend so I could earn money dealing blackjack.
My first job was the movie Old School – I was basically an extra in it but I got that job because I could do a Scottish accent in my audition.
Director Todd Phillips was in the audition and I think he was exhausted, he’d seen 700 people.
He looked at my resume and said, ‘So, you can do a Scottish accent, let’s hear it’. I think he thought it was bulls---.
But I did it and he laughed and I got the part.
I played a pledge brother who had absolutely nothing to do. They never asked me to do a Scottish accent (in the movie), in fact I didn’t say a single word.”
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