Emmy-nominated actor Dule Hill, who got his break on NBC’s White House drama “The West Wing,” returns to his drama roots on CBS’ new legal drama “Doubt,” starring Katherine Heigl and Laverne Cox.
Hill, who also stars on HBO’s “Ballers” alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, told the Wrap’s Stuart Brazell in a new interview what attracted him to the role.
“For me it was the other side of the equation,” said Hill. “Ever since 9/11 most of the shows on television now are about the prosecutor — find the bad guy, putting him behind bars, lock him up, and you stay there.”
“Doubt,” which also stars Steven Pasquale, Dreama Walker, Elliott Gould and Kobi Libii, follows a smart, chic, successful defense lawyer at a boutique firm who starts to fall for her charismatic client — who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime.
The lawyers on the show are “struggling to try and balance their personal lives while standing up for the rights of the accused,” Hill told Brazell. “The innocent, the guilty and everything in between — it’s love, it’s lies and it’s law.”
The actor plays a partner in the law firm who is very tight with Heigl’s character, until she is wowed by the smooth-talking Pasquale.
Hill went on to explain what makes the show stand out from the other legal dramas. “‘Doubt’ is about the other side of the equation, just because you said something first, just because you said something the loudest, doesn’t mean that what you’re saying is right,” he explained.
“And maybe, just maybe, there’s another way to look at this and that really drew me in because especially in this day and age where there is so much screaming and yelling, I think it’s a good message to have out there that there is another side of the equation, there’s another story to tell,” Hill said.
“The way the government is coming against you, you need people who are going to stand up for individual rights and that’s what this show is all about.”
Check out the interview in the video above.