INTERVIEW: Patrick Adams (Mike), Gabriel Macht (Harvey) and Sarah Rafferty (Donna) from Suits

January 17th, 2013 by

Paley: An Evening with “Suits”

In honor of the premiere of the second half of season 2, the cast and creator of Suits gathered for a screening and Q&A on January 14th at the Paley Center in LA. The show returns tonight, with a strong follow-up to the Hardman ousting. I had a chance to chat with a few of the cast members on the red carpet. Check out what they had to say about the last six episodes of Season 2 below.

Sarah Rafferty

On if we’ll be learning more about Donna and Harvey’s past:
I think that’s an interesting question. I don’t think we’re gonna have another flashback episode necessarily, but I think that the more we learn about their present, it kind of illuminates their past in a way. I’m always constantly interested in that when the new episodes come in. Like, they have a special kind of intimacy, for lack of a better word, and I think that that comes from all their experiences in the past.

On if she was surprised by the fan support for a Donna/Harvey romantic relationship:
Yeah! I think Gabriel and I were both really surprised by that. It’s cool! It’s really fun.

On the Donna/Rachel friendship:
I think we’ll be seeing more of that in Season 3. At the end of Season 2, Rachel is very busy and her personal life really comes to the forefront because her dad shows up and that brings up a lot for her and we get involved in that, so Rachel and Donna don’t get a ton of scenes but I’m confident that they will in Season 3.

Patrick Adams:

On Harvey and Mike in the next six episodes:
Well, the firm is really kind of under attack. We’ve said this before, this firm is always under attack, it’s a law firm. In these next six episodes because of the Hardman situation, there’s a lot of people who are looking to take down Pearson Hardman, so that really puts us in a situation where we really have to band together. So in the beginning I think you see that, us trying to save the firm that way, but then towards the end some difficult decisions needs to be made and they really test this relationship that’s already a little bit fractured because we clearly have different ideas about how things need to be, and we get into very difficult questions. I think by the end of this season you’re gonna see some real tension between the two of us.

On how many times Harvey can save Mike before someone else finds out:
Eight seasons. I don’t know! That’s a good question that might come up in the next few episodes (laughs) Eventually Mike’s gonna have to start really looking after himself but, you know, by bringing him into Pearson Hardman the way [Harvey] did, he took responsibility for him in a major way, so I think Mike knows he’s gotta learn how to take care of himself really quick but he’s also always under the pressure of living this lie and not really fitting into this world and knowing that at any given moment he could be pulled out of it and take all these people down with him. So, it’s a unique situation where they feel responsible for each other. I think you’re right. I think you really hit on something that Mike is gonna need to grow up and grow up fast otherwise it’s going to become something that they can’t handle or don’t want to.

On his favorite scene from the last half of season two:
It’s so hard because I know exactly the scene, but I don’t want to tease it too much…I would say the very last scene of the entire scene, which was an amazing scene to shoot, had sort of all the elements of Suits that I love; it had humor, it had drama, it had, uh, intimacy, in a way that we hadn’t explored yet on the show. That’s all I’ll say, but it’s a great scene, and I think people are really gonna love it. And Mike and Rachel might be involved. I will not confirm nor deny that.

Gabriel Macht

On if we’ll see a more vulnerable Harvey:
Vulnerability comes out in different ways, and Harvey, for as strong and as smart and as sure of himself that he is, there’s a lot of weakness in there and that’s what makes this character so fun to play. I think he does because vulnerable when he doesn’t figure out how to follow through on the whole thing with Zoe and make that happen because I do feel like she might be the one who got away. But there’s also so much that’s going on in his professional life that he’s trying to juggle and when he get’s angry, maybe that’s a part of his vulnerability as well. He lets it off and gives it to Mike. And Mike maybe doesn’t deserve it that much. We’ll see, we’ll see. There are moments. I love it when I see Harvey being vulnerable.

On how Harvey’s role will change now that Hardman is gone:
Well, he’s definitely on his quest to become a name partner. He wants to be in the front office. Now, whether or not the greatest player on the field is the greatest partner on the field, that’s a different question. I think those questions are asked. And we’ll see what happens. If Harvey decides to run, jump ship, or continue to strengthen the firm.

On his favorite scene from the back half of season two:
I don’t remember the last four episodes because I’ve been away from it for so long, but I’ve seen the first two episodes…I enjoyed seeing Harvey let loose on Louis. It was a good scene there; I think it’s fun and it tells a big story of their relationship.

Be sure to tune in to the Season 2.5 premiere of Suits tonight on USA.

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