Sarah Steele is almost convinced that the creators of “The Good Fight” can predict the future.
The 32-year-old actress, who plays investigator Marissa Gold on the legal series, marvels that for five years Robert and Michelle King have seemingly seen it all coming – from systemic racism to cartoonish villains like Milo Yiannopoulos.
“I was reading a script one day and I didn’t quite understand some aspects of the case we were working on, then (a podcast)… that day it was about what we were doing,” Steele said. . “We had this script weeks ago! How did they know?
“I think that’s what great artists do. They tap into something simmering below the surface. This is how they remain so relevant.
After its fourth season was delayed and then hastily ended due to the shutdown of COVID-19 last spring, the fifth season returned to Paramount + in June to sort out the issues – especially the planned departures of Cush Jumbo. and Delroy Lindo – then embark on the typical chaos of “The Good Fight”.
Between the COVID-inspired downsizing and the constant struggle for the law firm’s identity, Reddick / Lockhart has a lot to do, letting Marissa use the pandemic to do what many promised and didn’t: her changed his life and started law school.
“She quickly gets frustrated with all the paperwork and all the grunt work,” Steele said.
But by chance – or by chance – Marissa stumbles upon what Steele has described as an “alternative” courtroom: a makeshift court in the back of a copy shop, with a makeshift judge (Mandy Patinkin) and rules of fortune. Against the wishes of Diane (Christine Baranski) and Liz (Audra McDonald), Marissa can’t seem to stay away from the show, even as the chaos escalates.
“They found a way to make Marissa a lawyer in her own way. The very normal, straight courtroom scenes didn’t seem to suit a character as unconventional as she is, ”Steele said.
“It was so interesting to finally practice law on a lawyer show, but in a way that subverts all the form.”
This is how “The Good Fight” works: everything has a twist, not for some May sweeps or season finale cliffhanger, but because the show just keeps getting bigger and weirder.
“I don’t think much about how chaotic it is and how wacky it is because you have to base it on the truth. I’m playing really straight, like it’s normal, ”said Steele.
“It’s something that’s been really nice to be on ‘The Good Fight’ during this very weird and surreal time; the five years that I did this show were the strangest years of my life in terms of what’s going on in the country and in the world. To be on a show that takes that into account and write about it is really interesting, and I’m thankful that I got to be on a show through all of this craziness that meets the moment.