WELL SUITED

The stars of Suits have found an un­likely way to bond on the le­gal drama’s set

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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.

“By the end of the day I’m ex­hausted be­cause I’ve got to be in peo­ple’s faces all the time” GABRIEL MACHT ON CHAR­AC­TER TRAITS

SUITS, UNI­VER­SAL, THURS­DAY, 8.30PM

Gabriel Macht and Pa­trick J. Adams in Suits.

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