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'Suits' Patrick J Adams Q&A: 'Mike, Harvey may go their separate ways'

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Dave viewers: Sick of Top Gear, Man VS Food and QI re-runs? Well, you're in luck, because the quite excellent Suits will very soon be returning for a second season filled to the brim with legal action and laughs.

To celebrate, Digital Spy caught up with Patrick J Adams, the man who unites both slackers and city types as genius lawyer Mike, for teasers on the new season, including whether the character's relationships with mentor Harvey (Gabriel Macht) and love interest Rachel (Meghan Markle) will withstand until the finale...

Patrick J Adams in 'Suits'

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Suits has been really well received, have you been surprised by the level of enthusiasm?
"Obviously it's been overwhelming. Whenever you start a project like this you begin it in a bit of a bubble. There are so many pilots made and never get seen, so to have gotten this far is a little bit of a surreal dream come true and all of us on the show are so excited and honoured to have people respond the way that they do. It's a real gift."

There are a lot of legal dramas around, what do you think sets Suits apart?
"I think the fact that the word legal is not the most important part. I think a lot of shows, especially over the last sort of ten years, have really relied on this procedural thing where at the end of the episode you're supposed to believe you're a professional lawyer.

"I think it's nice to be on a show that moves away from that and realises that what keeps people coming back is not so much the cases but the relationships with the people in the show. I think the writers do a really good job with picking cases that are interesting and take us in new directions but never distract from what's really going on, which is people interacting with each other."

What's coming up for Mike in season two?
"In season one he was about to be revealed, so obviously the stakes are very high going into the second season. He has to sort of act very impulsively and make a case for staying [at the firm]. Pearson Hardman itself is really under attack in a big way and they all need to stay together in a way, so it's fun to see how all the relationships change when there's this external force working against the entire firm.

"And then him and Rachel obviously become closer and closer and we get to explore some of the real obstacles [involved with going] from being friends to being more and the difficulties involved with that. We get some great new characters into the firm that shake things up in a big way. It's really a lot like the first season, but it kinda kicks up a notch."

You mentioned Mike's relationship with Rachel, how is that going to develop?
"It's the big question of every TV show, right, where you have these two people who it's clear the world wants to put them together and everyone wants to see them together, but also when you're telling these stories you can't throw these people together immediately.

Patrick J Adams in 'Suits'

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"What's really interesting and fun to explore is not just the falling in love and everything being great, but the obstacles to falling in love. I think the writers are doing a really great job with [that]. Obviously they work together, that's difficult, obviously Mike has a major secret that he can't really share with anyone, so there's a lot of things standing in between those two.

"Nevertheless they obviously really understand each other and have a connection. By the end of season two there's some big movements for both of them, movements forward and backwards, so it's a fun relationship to keep an eye on."

Mike's relationship with Harvey is also at the heart of the show, how is it working with Gabriel?
"We get along great. He's such a funny guy. He's so the opposite of the character he plays on the show, which is a testament to how he is as an actor. We constantly get to try and make each other laugh and push each other around. So whenever we get to work together it's always easy and we have a great time."

How does that mentor relationship between Mike and Harvey develop in season two?
"Their relationship is constantly growing and struggling. I think the greatest thing this show does is explore mentorship in a very realistic way - the relationship is never equal. It [brings up] a lot [of issues]. Is the young person asking the right questions? Do they really want the help? Do they agree completely with the person they're being mentored by?

"It's a complex relationship and I think they do a great job of showing that when the going gets tough we obviously band together and we're on the same team, but there are things that we disagree on and there are things that will cause conflict between the two of us. There are things we may never see eye to eye on.

"You get to see both sides of the coin in season two - you get to see a very deepened relationship. You see there are things they can't agree on and could potentially cause them to go their separate ways."

Mike and Harvey separating? Surely not...
"I think we're constantly finding our way back to each other and making sure that we patch that up, but there are serious conflicts. From season one you can see there are very different ways we have of doing things and because the stakes are so high in season two I think there'll be a couple of times where there's some real friction between these guys."

Mike's family backstory is such a big part of the character, will that continue to be important in season two?
"It will be very important. His grandmother plays a much larger part in the second season, which I was really happy about. We get to see what that relationship means to him.

"Especially towards the midseason there are a lot of movements forward in Mike's personal life, with his family and his love life. As an actor I'm so appreciative to have so much of that be part of the show. It motivates so much of what he's doing in the office."

Patrick J Adams in 'Suits'

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What first appealed to you about Mike as a character? Has your view of him changed as the show's progressed?
"I just loved that he's a wicked smart kid, but he's also still a smart ass. He's got a foot in both worlds where he's capable of this greatness on a scale that most people never really understand, but then he's also this stoner kind-of washout who hasn't really done anything with his life.

"For me that was fascinating because I think one or the other is pretty boring to play, but if you have both of them at the same time it makes for a lot of interesting contrasts. I think they've really kept that element of it this season. I hope that's what makes Mike an interesting character to watch, he certainly makes an interesting character to play."

Suits has been renewed for a third season, what would you like to see happen for Mike in the future? Are there any dream storylines you'd like to see?
"I'm just really interesting in deepening what we've already started. I'm really interested to see how this secret plays out, I'm interested in the struggle Mike has in what he does. While Harvey's all about winning, Mike has made pretty clear that that's not what he's all about and he believes there's a right way to win and a wrong way to win.

"I'm always interested to see how they explore his memories and how that affects who he is as a person, so there's a lot of things. Especially at the end of season two there's some big changes, which I don't want to say too much about, and I think that'll make for some really interesting stuff heading into season three. I think people will really respond to where we end the season. Everybody's in for a good trip."

Suits season two begins Thursday, January 24 at 9pm on Dave.

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