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An Interview with Suits‘ Gabriel Macht

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USA’s Suits is legal drama, or rather, a drama about lawyers. It’s certainly not a typical legal procedural; Suits emphasizes character over case. Sure, there are clients, but the cases are not the focus of the episode, especially moving into season two. Instead, it is a series about morality and relationships, focusing more on the interaction of the principal characters than on their jobs, which just happen to be in a law office. Similar to The Good Wife, though completely different, Suits is an original, light-hearted, fun series with intriguing characters who will draw you in.

Gabriel Macht plays Harvey Specter. One of the two real leads during the first season, Harvey is a hot-shot, who deserves his reputation as an expert attorney. He rarely loses, and certainly plays the game better than most.

In season one, Harvey’s boss Jessica asks him to choose an associate to mentor. Dissatisfied with the usual applicants, Harvey hires Mike Ross, a young man with a steel-trap mind, even though Mike isn’t actaully a real lawyer. Harvey walks the dangerous tightrope because Mike is the only one worthy of his time. But as season two begins, Jessica knows Mike’s secret, putting Harvey in a precarious position, having lost her trust.

During a recent visit to the set of Suits, arranged for Internet journalists by USA, we all sat down with Macht to chat with him about the role that he plays, and what is coming up next for Harvey.

The first thing you notice about actually as he walks towards the conference room where we await him is that he’s wearing a tuxedo. Several of the gathered reporters, most of whom are already anticipating someone many of them consider quite attractive, fair swoon at his presence. It’s several moments before calm is restored, and the interview can really get started.

This is the first impression Gabriel Macht gives off. He’s handsome and smooth. He’s the guy girls want, and who other guys would like to be. And he takes his work very, very seriously, as the tone of the interview makes clear.

Why the tux? Gabriel reveals that in the episode currently filming, Harvey and Mike have to go to Atlantic City after a client loses his entire company on a bet! Or, business as usual for Pearson Hardman.

Gabriel cares a great deal for Harvey, the character whom he plays. While some may question the moral integrity of such a person, Gabriel disagrees, saying “I truly believe that his moral through line is really straight.” Yes, Harvey will do what he needs to do to best serve his job or score one for the client. But the means justify the ends, and Harvey keeps the best of intentions at heart.

Macht has a point. Why else would Harvey hire Mike, and then go so far to protect Mike’s secret and job? The motivation here isn’t purely self-interest. This will be made extremely clear in the season premiere, airing June 14th. Harvey cares about others, and Gabriel strives to capture the nuances of his big-shot lawyer, making sure heart comes across as well as bravado. As many will agree, he does so expertly.

Those who love Suits have probably already heard, Hardman, as in Pearson Hardman, will be joining the cast this year. He is a source of great conflict in the office, and Gabriel is quick to point out that Harvey will do what he needs to do to protect the firm. Perhaps Hardman may seem trustworthy to viewers, but Harvey knows him a bit better. There is no love lost between the men, and you can bet that Harvey will be keeping a very close eye on Hardman.

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