It’s only five days until the fifth season of Suits comes back to USA Network, but one group of lucky fans already enjoyed a sneak peek of the premiere. In Los Angeles on Thursday night, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts presented a special screening of “Blowback” that included a Q&A with members of the cast and Suits creator Aaron Korsh.
Here some very enlightening -- and hilarious -- tidbits we learned from Korsh, Sarah Rafferty (Donna Paulsen), Meghan Markle (Rachel Zane), Rick Hoffman (Louis Litt), and Gina Torres (Jessica Pearson).
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Meghan Markle Is a Total “Darvey Shipper”
Rafferty was ambiguous about the future of Donna and Harvey’s relationship (popularly known by Suitors as “Darvey”), but Markle -- along with the audience -- made it very clear that she’s the ultimate Darvey Shipper. The other couple that came up? The far less popular “Marvey,” which some shippers have taken to new levels online. Rafferty recalled one time when Gabriel Macht handed her his phone with a fan rendering of Mike and Harvey that was so scandalous, she dropped it and cracked the screen!
There’s a Reason Donna Always Wears Dresses
The show may be called Suits, but the women’s outfits steal every scene. The keen observer will notice that Donna always wears a very feminine dress, while Rachel mostly sports separates. As you can imagine, these are deliberate choices that tell you more about their characters. As Rafferty explained it, Donna wanted to be an actress so she dresses in a way that is much more glamorous than your typical legal secretary. For Rachel, a wardrobe of diverse separates reflects a sensible working woman who needs to mix and match her outfits -- you will definitely see Rachel wearing something more than once. Not Jessica though. As Torres put it, Jessica’s clothes are “very expensive and very tight.” Don’t expect any reruns!
Gina Torres Uses a “Leaning Board” on Set
Looking as impeccable as Jessica Pearson is not easy -- especially over the course of a long day on set. Regarding those tight clothes, Torres explained how she can’t sit down between takes or her designer dresses will lose their crispness. So instead, the show gave her a “leaning board” during season three that she uses on set. It is literally a board for her to lean on, so Torres can rest while keeping her wardrobe immaculate. And, of course, her board is upholstered in red velvet because this is Jessica Pearson we’re talking about. Not just any ol’ leaning board will do!
Aaron Korsch Hasn’t Watched All of Season 5 Yet
He’s already in the process of writing season six (yay!), but Korsh hasn’t even had a chance to screen the final episodes of season five yet. When asked if he relies on a master plan for the entire series, Korsh revealed that the writers sit down and brainstorm ideas at the start of every season, so they can leave the storyline open to whatever feels right at the time. Hoffman added that one of the best things about working on Suits is that the writers take input from the cast about their characters’ arcs -- and changes to the script can happen the night before shooting!
A Mudding Scene Can Take Up to 8 Hours to Shoot
Naturally, the topic of Louis’ mudding came up and Hoffman explained that shooting one of these scenes is not exactly a day at the spa. A single instance of Louis in the mud tub can take between two and eight hours. The big challenge is making sure that no naked bodies float up to the top of the mud, so the actors need to be weighed down in the tub. Also, mud is thought to draw toxins out of the body, but anything after an hour reaches diminishing returns. Hoffman joked that after the eight-hour shoot of Louis and Mike mudding together, he needed an IV and 18 hours of sleep.
It’s Better to Not Know About the Can Opener
When Korsh introduced the can opener in episode 12 of season one, a producer told him that he couldn’t just mention can opener -- he had to explain what it was by the end of the episode. Korsh didn’t agree, saying, “If we tell them, they'll forget; if we never tell them, they'll never forget." He was right, but that can’t stop people from wanting to know!