The Hangover star Justin Bartha is making his debut on The Good Fight as Colin Morello Sunday — and here, the actor teases his assistant U.S. attorney character and how he’s about to fall hard for Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo) in court and beyond.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What can we expect from your new role?
JUSTIN BARTHA: He’s a U.S. attorney in Chicago and he comes from a kind of a dynasty family that is most likely rearing him for some sort of political run. Right now he’s working his way up in the district attorney office. I think he might have a slight bit of ambivalence certainly towards his family and also towards a political career. We meet him in a case where he is up against Diane [Christine Baranski] and Lucca [Cush Jumbo]. He and Lucca have mutual, professional respect for each other, which leads to possible personal feelings. There’s a classic kind of courtship that happens. They get romantically involved pretty quickly and we see how their professional lives could possibly get in the way of their personal lives.
Does Colin have a reputation as a playboy?
Lucca definitely assumes that. He’s described a bit to my dismay as an eligible bachelor. He’s a guy that has come from money. He’s a confident guy in the city. I’m not sure if he’s very playboy. I mean, when the Kings first described him to me, they definitely brought up the JFK, Jr. archetype. I’m not saying that that’s who I’m comparing myself to. I don’t think anyone could fill his shoes in that way. But JFK, Jr. was seen as this kind of playboy. For me personally, I explored the lives of Justin Trudeau or the Emanuel brothers. That kind of powerful. They’re gentlemen with full lives.
How did this role come about for you?
I wasn’t quite sure about the role at first. I had watched The Good Wife the first couple seasons and obviously, their reputation is stellar. I heard spinoff and then I also heard they’re launching a new service [CBS All Access]. I didn’t know what that meant. First I went in and I met with everybody. But when they told me that it was a show centered around these three strong females who all were being affected by a financial scam — that immediately hooked me. Living in New York for so long, I know people affected by that scam. It was easily the most compelling thing that I’ve heard in a long time.
The Good Fight airs Sundays on CBS All Access. For more from Justin Bartha, tune into Tuesday’s episode of Inside TV at 6 p.m. ET on EW Radio, Sirius XM 105.