‘ As an ac­tor, I’ve lied about ev­ery­thing’

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - THE LAST WORD... - WITH PA­TRICK ADAMS, SUITS With Tiffany Dunk

“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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