THE LAST WORD... ‘ You’re only as good as your last job, so yourself ’ you have to keep proving
WITH RICK HOFFMAN, WHO PLAYS LOUIS LITT IN LEGAL DRAMA
“I can borrow from [my character] Louis’ wardrobe but I can’t keep the suits. That’s a sign of cancellation, when they say you can buy it, that’s when you know you’re done. I’ve been a
part of a bunch of shows that have been cancelled, so I know.
Fans have a strong reaction to our show. Here’s what’s hilarious: before the mid-season finale last year [which saw Louis threaten the future of popular character Mike], everybody had been all gung-ho for Louis. But after that episode they were all wishing me to die of cancer on Twitter.
You sort of grow a thicker skin and realise the reason they hate me is [for doing a good job].
If you’d asked me before I got this job if I’d have exchanged it for anything then the answer would have been, ‘Hell no’. So bring it on, wish me whatever disease you want.
I relate to Louis’ ambition. You tend to get complacent if you’re on a show like this for a long time [ Suits is now in its fifth season].
Everybody says, ‘Oh, this is the greatest’, and then I say, ‘Yeah, well this is going to end’.
You’re only as good as your last job, so you have to keep proving yourself. You have to have the same ambition you had before the show to continue on. Usually those people who lose that ambition pretty much fade away.
In season one, Louis was pretty much a jerk. But he’s lonely, he’s a broken soul. His core is good and I think that’s what makes him likeable to some degree.
His goofiness and gullibility are similar to mine. But I’m deathly allergic to cats so they’ve finally stopped putting them in the script. Whatever happens next to Louis, let’s just say it doesn’t involve a cat.
What would I like to see happen to Louis? He’s got Donna [colleague Harvey’s former secretary, played by Sarah Rafferty], he’s happy as a name partner and you would think this would be his happy ending.
We’re up to shooting episode seven and Donna hasn’t gone anywhere. But I don’t have faith in the character, so who knows.
It’s heartbreaking to see him constantly step on his own feet. He doesn’t usually hold onto good things. Ultimately, this guy is never going to be happy for long periods of time – there’s always something in the way.
Vulnerability for me is the kryptonite when it comes to my own joy of acting. There’s more coming this season (for Louis).” SUITS THURSDAY, 8.30PM, UNIVERSAL