This week's Suits winter premiere is directed by our very own Patrick J. Adams! In addition to starring in USA Network's legal drama as Mike Ross, Adams has taken a turn behind the camera for Suits twice before this week, directing both "Derailed" in season four and "Self Defense" in season five.
So, what's it like to direct your own show?
"The challenge of directing is that you just get so used to, over the course of the show, thinking about one thing -- which is how to play Mike Ross," Adams told USA Network at the start of season six back in July. "It’s a very focused thing when you’re playing a part. And when you’re directing, you suddenly have to take into account everybody’s point of view and everybody’s storyline and where they are in that storyline."
Ultimately, despite its challenges, the opportunity to direct an episode of Suits is one that Adams is especially grateful for.
"Getting to direct an episode of the season has easily been the biggest gift of the show for me over the course of six seasons," he told USA. "It’s an opportunity to explore all of these characters, work with these amazing actors, and come up with new and dynamic ways for them to deal with the circumstances they have. I mean, in a strange way you get to be the boss -– whereas if you’re an actor, you don’t necessarily get to make the choices."
Adams seems to be enjoying his place behind the camera. Sure, it's a lot more work, but it doesn't feel like work. "It takes a lot more time and it’s a serious marathon," Adams said, "but because it’s so much fun, the time disappears and it’s like being a kid again.
Warning: The following section contains spoilers for the midseason finale episode of Suits this past September: "P.S.L."
The last time we entered the halls of Pearson, Specter, Litt, managing partner Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres) tendered her resignation, announcing that she was leaving the firm to move to Chicago with her boyfriend Jeff Malone (D.B. Woodside). According to Adams, not having Torres on set was strange.
"She’s been a part of our family for so long," Adams told Entertainment Weekly a recent interview. "While I think it’s good for the show to have something like that -- a kick in the pants, something dramatic that affects all of the characters really dramatically -- it’s really hard to lose a member of your family like that.”
What will happen to Pearson, Specter, Litt now that the "Pearson" is gone? Find out when Suits returns Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 10/9c on USA Network!