Kelley’s heroes: Michael Badalucco

How has your life changed since joining the show?

“A lot more people say hello to me. It’s obviously changed in a better and happier way. For all the good graces a show like this can bring you, my wife and I try to give those graces back. So, I think it spreads happiness all around.”

What do you admire most about your character?

“He’s someone that people can admire, and look to as someone who is a real person who tries his best. Jimmy is a guy who always tries to do his best to do what’s right for people. He is the moral conscience of the show, and I think people relate to that. He might not always win, but at least he’s trying.”

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

“Jimmy has been pretty well-rounded, more or less. He’s come from a place where he hadn’t won a case and wasn’t a very accomplished lawyer, to a place where he was dating judges for a while. I don’t know what David has in store for Jimmy, but maybe there are some demons that he might have to look into.”

What’s your favorite on-set anecdote?

“I had a bicycle on the set that I was riding around the lot. I kept it out in the hallway and it was stolen. I didn’t make a big deal out of it and just told one of the assistant directors. Well, one day during rehearsal Dennis Smith, our director of photography, presented me with a brand-new bicycle with a lock and a horn on it. He said, ‘A great injustice has been done.’ That meant so much to me that they all would chip in and get me a new bike.”

Any interest in being a lawyer in your next life?

“Oh my goodness! It’s much too difficult for me to study and have the intestinal fortitude that it takes to go over things to be a lawyer. No, that’s not my cup of tea.”

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