Kelley’s Heroes: Steve Harris

How has your life changed since joining the show?

“Well, you get recognized more, and people perceive you to be a lawyer when you are not. In some regard, this does a disservice to the guys who put in 15 or 20 years to actually learn what they are talking about.”

What do you admire most about your character?

That he’s an African-American lawyer who is competent in doing his job and is respected for his abilities in doing it. I thought when they brought a son on for me it would be an opportunity to show another side to me. It seems like some of the best times I’ve actually had has been in trying to relate to being a single parent and understand what those responsibilities are.”

What part of your character would you like to learn more about?

I’d like for him to be three-dimensional. I’d like for everybody to know that he has a love life. He’s thirtysomething and I think anyone that age with a job is at least going after some form of sex life. I don’t want people to think he’s not just locking himself up into his job.”

What’s your favorite on-set anecdote?

“We had a March Madness basketball pool and Michael Badalucco had two entries and I had four. He made a bet with me that he would surpass my entries. Of course, there was no way he could because he had losers all the way around. It turned out he had bought somebody else’s pick. In the end, though, I put one over on him and won. It was definitely a crowning moment.”

Any interest in being a lawyer in your next life?

“No sir. I have a great deal of respect for it, but a lawyer’s job is a no-win situation. Being a lawyer is like being a cop in some regard. People want you only when you are in trouble, or they want to be protected from trouble. But, they don’t want you around before or after that.”

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