All those of you who’ve never watched the cult TV show Suits, here’s what you’ve been missing: smooth-taking lawyers; high-stakes gambits; ingenious shortcuts to success; and the addictive thrill of watching smart people outsmart each other every minute.
And, of course the suits.
Ace closer Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), his secretary Donna (Sarah Rafferty) and his smarmy nemesis Loius Litt (Rick Hoffman) are key players in an NYC law firm headed by Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres). But a secret is lurking. Specter’s genius associate Mike Ross (Patrick J Adams) hasn’t been to any law school! His paralegal paramour, Rachel (Meghan Markle), knows, and so do others. But there are bigger problems at the firm...
Get to know the team better.
Rick Hoffman who plays the cat-loving Louis, is actually "deathly allergic" to cats, keeps an inhaler on set and gets vacuumed up after every cat scene so he isn’t affected by cat hairs or dander. "I have to give him the credibility of pulling off those scenes in spite of being allergic to cats," says Patrick J Adams. "He loves dogs and that too he only loves hypoallergenic dogs."
Jessica is Mrs Morpheus, and may just be Wonder Woman
Gina Torres is married to Laurence Fishburne (Morpheus in the Matrix movies). Comic book fans have been heavily campaigning for her to play Wonder Woman on film. "I am trying to imagine Gina in a Wonder Woman suit," Gabriel Macht says. "I think they share a lot in common. Both are headstrong, fit, speedy, agile and intuitive."
You’ve met Harvey’s wife and dad already
Macht’s wife played the jury consultant Zoe Lawford last season. Macht says having his wife as part of the cast "felt like home." His father Stephen plays his on-screen dad too – the Harvard Law professor Gerard Specter.
Suits will go Olympic
American athlete Michael Phelps tweeted so much love for Suits, they invited him on. Phelps will play himself on Season 3.
Mike Ross is a newbie
Patrick J Adams had bit roles on TV shows here and there... (there was a tiny role in Lost) "and then Suits happened," he recalls. "I will be honest; my career took a 360-degree turn. Now people recognise me more as Mike Ross than Patrick." Suits creator Aaron Korsh says he cast Adams as Mike because of his intelligent eyes.
And he really has a photographic mind
Most of the images on the wall of Rachel Zane’s office have actually been shot by Adams.
Suits loves suits
Costume designer Jolie Andreatta stocks more than 100 suits on set. "I am loyal to Tom Ford," Macht explains. "Typically, you will see me wearing up to 10 looks in each episode." The women wear Dior, Victoria Beckham, Prada, Zac Posen and Burberry.
Rachel’s had a profitable career in… handwriting!
Meghan Markle didn’t wait tables as a struggling actress. She did calligraphy for celebrity wedding invitations and holiday correspondence. But Adams, her love interest on the show, hasn’t got a note from her yet. "I’m looking forward to it, maybe soon."
Harvey and Donna have been friends for 20 years
In fact, it was Macht who recommended Sarah Rafferty to play Donna. "Our friendship has got stronger since the show," Macht says. "Although I must admit, I find it difficult to film with her as we always burst out laughing. We joke about how awkward it would be if our characters got romantic."
The gang fakes the smarts
None of them actually know all the film references they so confidently toss around. Though Macht isn’t admitting it: "My lips are sealed!"
Suits airs on Comedy Central
From HT Brunch, December 22
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