I love the show “Suits,” especially Patrick J. Adams. Please tell me about him — and where he gets the suits he wears.
–Carla Gilligan, St. Louis, Missouri
The Toronto native, 32, moved to Los Angeles when he was 19 to attend the University of Southern California. While there, he won the Jack Nicholson Award in 2004, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.
Patrick J. Adams began his TV career with a role in the short-lived series “Jack & Bobby,” moving on from that to accumulate credits on series including “Luck,” “Lost,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “N.C.I.S.,” “Lie To Me” and “Flash Forward.”
On his hiatus from “Suits” this year, he will star in “Rosemary’s Baby,” NBC’s 4-hour miniseries adaptation of the 1967 best-selling suspense novel by Ira Levin.
His film credits include roles in “Old School,” “Rage,” “The Waterhole,” “Weather Girl,” “6 Month Rule,” and the upcoming “Car Dogs.”
In addition to his work on screen, Adams maintains a connection to theater. Recently, he starred in Bill Cain’s production of “Nine Circles” at the Bootleg Theatre in Los Angeles. For it, Adams was awarded a 2012 Back Stage Garland Award for Performance in a Play and was also nominated for a 2012 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Lead Performance. He also appears yearly at the Ojai Playwrights Conference, starring in new works by established and developing playwrights.
As for the many suits he wears in “Suits,” Adams says that the majority of them are from Burberry.
“My body seems to change every day so I’m always getting a new suit made,” he says. “I probably have 12 to 15 different suits throughout the year. They’re not all necessarily used. Sometimes we get one, we use it for an episode and then we don’t like it.”
As for playing upcoming legal eagle Mike Ross, who passed the bar but didn’t attend law school, he says it has given him a greater respect for attorneys, although he himself has never aspired to become one.
“Corporate law is a really different thing, but meeting lawyers and figuring out really what they do, I’ve earned a lot of respect for people who take the time to interpret the law because, whether we like it or not, a society of laws and our interpretations of those laws is paramount,” he says.