Erik Palladino doesn’t have a hard time connecting to his “Suits” character Kevin Miller because both of them are essentially going through the same thing.
In a recent interview with USA Network, Palladino revealed that just like Mike Ross’ (Patrick J. Adams) cellmate, he, too, misses his family back home.
“I try to align whatever the characters [are] going through as best as I can with things in my own personal life,” the 48-year-old actor said. “One of the fantastic things about this character was that he was missing his family. Me, being away from my family, I was really able to connect with that emotion while I was gone. I have a 5-year-old boy, a 4-year-old boy, and now I have a 5-month-old daughter, and to be away from my daughter was not easy. I connected that to Kevin missing his children.”
The “ER” alum admitted that he used that similarity between him and his character to act out the right emotions for last episode’s final prison scene where Kevin finally revealed to Mike why he’s in jail.
“For me, it was just about connecting to my own children and imagining what that would be like, to not be with them and not be able to see them grow up and spend time with them the way that I do now,” Palladino told Yahoo TV. “Imagining that is a very difficult thing for a human being to go through, if you are a person who is seeing the world through the lens of being a parent.”
When asked what’s next for Kevin and Mike’s relationship, Palladino — who was cautious of giving out potential spoilers — simply teased: “Over the course of the season, it unfolds. It’s super entertaining.”
“Harvey [Gabriel Macht] defends Sutter [Alan Rosenberg] from Cahill [Neal P. McDonough]; Mike's past threatens to derail his mission; Rachel [Meghan Markle] and Jessica [Gina Torres] search for evidence to re-open Bailey's [Glenn Plummer] case; and Louis [Rick Hoffman] woos Tara [Carly Pope] with a trip to the Hamptons.”