When I last spoke with Gabriel before the end of season one, one of the things we discussed was his return to television after being primarily a film actor; his previous TV leading role was The Others way back in 2000. Now that he's got season one of Suits behind him, he said it's gotten easier.
"I think like any character, the more you play him and the more you learn about him the deeper you can get into the nuts and bolts of the character," he explained. "For me, being in film for most of my career, you only have three months to educate yourself about who this guy is and make the choices that you can. It's been a real great challenge in television; every week a little bit more information comes out about your backstory and who you are, how he lives his life and or what has happened in his life to make him who he is and how he navigates through it in the present. I really enjoyed that experience [in season one]. I think it's become easy to put on my suit every day. I think I've got that down."
Speaking of his past TV experience, "One of the the new writers on the writing staff for Suits was a writer on The Others," he added. "It was great to be working together again."
How is Harvey going to continue to grow in season two? "I think in many ways last season you saw Harvey standing up for the people he believes in behind their back," he said. "In this season he reveals a little bit more of himself and he stands up for them in front of them."
There are going to be wrenches thrown in a few of his relationships this season, including with his loyal assistant Donna (Sarah Rafferty). "Harvey trusts her to no end, he thinks she's amazing, he loves how strong she is, he loves how quick-witted and hilarious she is," Macht explained. "He does learn in a few episodes that she was sort of involved in something that kind of gets Harvey into big trouble and they come to knocking heads. There's a lot of conflict between Harvey and Donna this season and I really hope that they're able to figure out how to manage their decision making, what they keep private or not, and how to move forward."