Tell me who’s your friend and I’ll tell you who you are. (Proverb)
If you follow me on social media, you know that on Thursday, I had the opportunity to visit the set of Suits in Toronto. This was something I’d wanted to do for four years, for a number of reasons: it’s the best show on television; I adore everyone who works on it; and as a screenwriter, one of the most special things is having the opportunity to see where the magic happens.
There’s just something I love about standing in the same spaces where I know some of my favorite actors have stood, or some of my favorite scenes have been created. It brings me just that much closer, and that was the case this week, getting to sit in Harvey Specter’s office chair or cross an old Covert Affairs set to see what’s now Robert Zane’s law firm. I can only liken it to a history buff visiting a historical site; for me, television shows are my history, as I could stand in the lobby of Pearson Specter Litt and remember exactly how much has happened there.
Trips like these also provide me a very cherished opportunity to interact with those I work with. Due to my disability and my distance from Los Angeles, I don’t do in-person press nearly as much as your average journalist. So when I do get the chance to speak to and shake hands with the people I spend so much time writing about, it means a lot to me.
In this particular case, the cast members of Suits are some of my favorite people to work with, because they’re not just people I appreciate as a fan, but they’re people I look up to as well. Thursday was another humbling reminder that the respect was mutual. Whether it was Gabriel Macht making an intentional reference to an Entertainment Weekly article I wrote, Sarah Rafferty breaking the middle of her interview to ask what I thought of next week’s season premiere (answer: a lot), or Patrick J. Adams giving me a hug when he saw me, it meant the world to me to know I mattered to these people.
They’re folks I admire personally and professionally. They’re smarter than me, more talented than me, and most importantly some of the best human beings that I know. I wish I could be half as cool as they are. So to be not only accepted, but welcomed into their world for a few hours was an honor. I’m not going to lie, I got a little choked up at the end of it.
We’ve probably covered this before, but I really do judge myself by the company I keep. To have Gabriel mention that article, or Criss Angel introduce me to a packed Las Vegas house, or Joshua Davis remind me that Adam Levine loves me, that’s what I consider a job well done. That’s what I draw my strength from. I spent so many years being told that I’d never be anything, and so when I wake up in the morning and can say that the cast members of a show I truly love were happy to see me on their set, that’s what makes me happy. I may not ever be cool, but I’ve earned my seat at the table.
Stay tuned over the next few weeks for my articles from the set of Suits, and don’t miss the season premiere next Wednesday, June 24.
Photo Credit: Brittany Frederick/BFTV