Audiences are just days from the return of USA's hit series Suits, and the actors are just as excited as the fans. At Monday night's 'An Evening with Suits' event at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles, BFTV caught up with the cast to ask them what they love most about the show - and what they've enjoyed about the remaining six episodes of season two.
For Rick Hoffman, who plays everyone's favorite semi-antagonist Louis Litt, the joy of the role comes from the continued growth of his character. "I think the longer you get to go on a show, the more time you have to let a character evolve, and I think that's the key," he said. "It's so much fun to play a human being, whether or whether or not he's a douche in the firm. You're going to end up finding something human about him if it lasts."
But even as he fleshes out Louis, is it still fun for him to play those moments where he's a thorn in everyone's side? "Absolutely," he continued, though he also added that "I'm so much more comfortable playing the serious stuff."
As far as what fans can look forward to in the rest of the season, Hoffman revealed that "There's a bunch of moments that I experienced with Sarah [Rafferty]'s character [Donna], with Meghan [Markle]'s character [Rachel], even with Harvey. We have a couple of new characters that I had a lot of fun working with, one being [played by] Amanda Schull, who's going to be coming on these last six episodes."
"I'm pretty spoiled, to be honest with you," he added. "This second season has been fantastic for him. It's a dream job."
"I'm pretty excited to see what's happening with Louis. That's always fun," said Sarah Rafferty, the woman behind intrepid assistant Donna Paulsen. Who's her favorite character other than her own? "All of them."
As far as why she loves the show, she explained, "I really love all these characters and feel like I really care about them. I'm really intrigued by how they interact with each other under the circumstances that they're put under. I feel like I really care about these people."
Another plus for her is the show's wonderful writing. "It's challenging, but the delight about it is that there's the opportunity to play various things," she said. "I keep going back to the characters that Aaron [Korsh] has created and how multi-dimensional they are. They're real people. They're funny, they're emotional, they get in fights, they love each other, everything. It's rich. It's not just one thing. We have the opportunity to play so many things."
But what tops Sarah's list of perks on what she called the best job she's ever had? "Getting to work with these actors," she added. "That's the best part of my work."
Meghan Markle, alias sassy paralegal Rachel Zane, admitted that she's "shocked" by the immense popularity of Suits. "The fact that we're going into a third season, that people are so supportive, not just in the States but internationally, it's just mind-boggling," she said. "I'm just so happy and I work with the best people. I can't ask for anything better."
"Even if I wasn't on the show, I'd love the show," she continued. "I love the writing on the show. I love how the characters are built. so every script is such a treat. I would assume how the viewers feel when they watch an episode, for me [that's] how it feels when I read the script." (It was later revealed during the evening's panel discussion that she doesn't watch the show when it airs.)
Who does she love other than Rachel? "I love Donna's character so much and I root for her," said Markle, who is close friends with Sarah Rafferty in real life. "And Louis Litt, always such a character, so I can't wait to see what's going to happen to him."
As far as what she's most excited about in the remainder of the second season, "I am so proud of the growth that you find in Rachel," she explained. "They're a very heavy six episodes for Rachel, bigger than I've had on season one or two. I'm really proud to see what the writers have given me as an actor to be able to do. To see her grow with love, and work, and family. It's a lot for her."
Presiding over everything and everyone is Jessica Pearson, played by the impeccable Gina Torres. Comparing Jessica to the other popular roles on her lengthy resume, "I always say higher heels and no weapons," quipped the actress. "But she is just as strong, She is just as badass. She as just as authoritative and in command as any of my fans' favorite characters might be. There's certainly a comfort and there's always room for growth and challenges. I would have to say that Jessica Pearson came around at just the right time."
Even with her previous experience with cult hits, she's still surprised by the breakout success of Suits. "I try to work in things that I enjoy and I'm passionate about, but I don't know if anyone else is going to be passionate about it," she explained. "It is a great blessing and it is fantastic that people have come and they're staying."
"I am proud of it as a whole," she said of the remainder of the season. "I am proud of the work that I've done with all of these fantastic actors that I get to play with. It's up to you guys now."
And she's also proud of her colleagues. "Really the biggest gift, it's not just the character, it's not just the words that I get to say, but it is the company that I get to keep," she said.
Of course, it's impossible to talk about Suits without Harvey Specter. The man who brings him so wonderfully to life, actor Gabriel Macht, appreciates the popularity of his alter ego. "People want to be Harvey Specter. It's amazing," he said. "I'm very surprised that I'm actually the guy that's portraying him."
However, the actor is much more humble than the character - so much so that he doesn't want to take too much credit for Harvey being so admired. "I think they're doing it because of what Aaron's writing," he continued. "I can understand somebody wanting to be Harvey because of the stories that Aaron's telling. I don't know if I have anything to do with that."
He makes awesome look easy, but Macht added that the role isn't simple. "There's a constant challenge," he said. "Just making him believable. Making him not so harsh at times, and making him sensitive and vulnerable, and finding the moment to moment nuances."
Yet with the challenges also come plenty of good things. "The great perks definitely involve working with this cast. It's a great ensemble," said the actor, who re-teams with his wife, actress Jacinda Barrett, when she reprises her role as Zoe Lawford in the midseason premiere.
"I love the crew," he added, before giving a whole list of things he loves about his job. "The directors are great directors. The writing, again. When you've got good writing, it's a lot easier than when you've got not good writing. That's a huge perk. Being on a show that everyone really knows what they're doing."
For Macht, the success of Suits is simple to pinpoint. "We're putting out really just solid television," he explained, "that people really enjoy and are entertained by."
Suits returns this Thursday at 10 PM ET/PT on USA.
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