The stars of Suits have found an unlikely way to bond on the legal drama’s set
Gabriel Macht is exhausted. His character on Suits, Harvey Specter, is the guy men want to be and women want to be with. A suave, confident, top-tier lawyer who always has a witty quip — or insult — to hand, you’d think it would be a dream of a role to play.
“I’m so different from this guy that to be in that headspace for 12 to 13 hours a day is draining,” Macht says from the Toronto set of the legal drama.
“Very often he’s an aggressive, defensive guy who’s a bit unhinged … I tell the writers, this is great stuff but just so you know by the end of the day I’m super-duper exhausted because I’ve got to be in people’s faces all the time.”
Adding to the pressure is the huge amount of wordy legalese he needs to reel off each day. But Macht has found some surprising ways to take the pressure off, thanks to the show’s fans.
The actor has happily stumbled across a wealth of homoerotic fan fiction produced about Harvey Specter and his offsider Mike Ross (played by Patrick J. Adams). From alternate plot lines to pictures, the fans “do a creative service”, according to Macht.
“Right before we go on screen (to film) I’ve shown some of the superimposed images of Harvey and Mike to Patrick,” he says.
“Hey, Patrick, have you seen this? Let’s go! Action!”
“My question is, why does Gabriel spend so much time looking for it?”, chimes in Adams. “There’s one in particular that he enjoys where he’s dominating me in the photo. I guess it’s great that people are so into the show and … whatever floats your boat.”
Far from the Type A perfectionist Macht plays on screen, on set he’s a lighthearted practical joker. Later in the day we watch him film a scene with Gina Torres (who plays his boss, Jessica Pearson).
Macht is having trouble remembering his lines and fluffs several takes. But rather than call a halt he takes each scene to the end, changing his exit line each time to something tongue-in-cheek that leaves the crew in stitches.
“He tries to throw me, bless his heart, he tries every take,” Torres later reveals of her costar’s filming technique.
“He has this thing where he can’t just let it lay. “But I’m used to it now.” With filming taking place in Canada, the cast has become a family of sorts after five years together.
“It’s nice to have everybody in the city because we all feel very far from home a lot of the time, even me because my whole life is in LA,” Torontoborn Adams says. “We can band together and look out for each other which is great.”
Despite the long hours on set, Adams and Macht in particular have become a welloiled machine on the show.
Both are co-producers and have also directed during their time on the show. And it’s a role that Adams particularly enjoys.
“The acting on the show, while great and fun, is kind of in our blood now, so the directing is special,” he says.
“It’s a brand new adventure and it’s something that scares the crap out of me now. If you do something that five years in scares the crap out of you it’s a great gift.”
With each negotiating to direct another episode this season, there will be plenty of material for them to work with.
When we return several months on from where we last saw him, we find Harvey in an incredibly unlikely place — a therapists’ office.
Having lost his long-time assistant to his office nemesis, the usually unflappable lawyer has been in the grips of severe panic attacks.
And it’s not going to be dealt with in the course of a 45minute episode, Macht reveals.
“Where those are coming from and why they are happening are going to be revealed in a way that shows he is vulnerable,” he says.
Meanwhile, Mike has proposed to his on-again-offagain love Rachel (Meghan Markle).
“(The wedding is) not the focus of the season but it’s definitely on their minds,” he says. “Finally, someone on the show has a solid foundation.”
Solid foundations are something both men can relate to. Macht is married to Australian actor Jacinta Barrett and the pair have two children.
Adams is engaged to Troian Bellisario ( Pretty Little Liars). While they are often in separate cities due to their filming schedules a wedding is on the way, Adams says. “I’m actually just going to have Suits plan the wedding — and dress me,” he laughs.
Now that will be one sharply dressed groom.
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Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams in Suits.