‘Never thought Suits would run for more than six years’
Gabriel Macht says that his fans will find it tough to accept him in a role other than Harvey Spector
Never did actor Gabriel Macht imagine that his role as Harvey Spector, the smooth, good-looking, and overconfident lawyer in the American legal drama series Suits, would bring him global fame. The 45-year-old says that he didn’t think the show, now so popular, would survive for more than six years.
“We’re shooting our 100th episode, and it has been an incredible past six years. But did I think that the show will have legs to run for six and more years? No, I was like, ‘In how many ways can you tell a story?’ But then, Aaron Korsh (the show’s creator) has found a way to tell it in different ways, and everyone loves it,” says Macht. The American, who has also been in popular movies, including Love & Other Drugs (2011), feels grateful when fans say that they’re inspired by the show. “I’ve understood the world in a better way through Harvey Spector,” says Macht. “He has taught me to understand men, women, and relationships.”
Not only are we entertaining people and giving them an escape route from their daily lives, [but] we also inspire them to be something more. That’s a great thing GABRIEL MACHT, ACTOR
American actor Gabriel Macht (right) has made a place in many hearts with his portrayal of the smooth-talking lawyer Harvey Spector in the popular legal drama series Suits. As the show gets ready to air its seventh season, which will premiere in India on July 14 on Comedy Central, we speak to the actor about the show. Excerpts:
Your character of Harvey Spector has become quite iconic over the years. Does it bother you that it will be difficult for you to play another character once the show is over?
In some ways it’s going to be very difficult because there are many who are my fans because of Harvey Spector. So they would want me to continue with the character, have the same kind of style — the banter and the overconfidence. So when it does get over, maybe I will take a break, and then come back and have a beard you know. (laughs) I mean I hope that people give me that space to try different characters on screen and justify them.
Harvey’s lines are often quoted by many fans of show, and they have become hugely inspirational. Do you have any favourite quotes?
I don’t really have a personal favourite Harvey Spector quote. I read them, and sometimes I go like, oh that’s pretty cool, or wow that’s intelligent. But honestly, I can’t afford to remember the lines. I am learning eight pages of dialogues every day, so it becomes tough for me to remember everything. Too much information you know. But I know that people love them and get inspired by it as well. That’s a really gratifying thing.
Harvey is also known for his good looks on the show. Is there any specific regime that you follow to look so good?
(Laughs) I don’t look like Harvey at all in real life. I only look good, because I go to the van, where a man puts makeup upon me for about 30 minutes. Then, there is a guy who does my hair, and then there are these incredible designers who make clothes, perfect for every inch of your body. I don’t have any particular style guide. It’s down to the make up, the hair stylist and the designers who make me look good.
Since the character has had an impact on so many people across the globe. How has it impacted you?
I have understood the world in a better way through Harvey Spector. He has taught me to understand men, women, relationships and many other things. He has made me understand the importance of decision making.