Oh, Mike. You’ve gone through so many looks over the years on Suits, but the one that garnered the most attention was inarguably your haircut in season five.
Patrick J. Adams, who admits that he pushed for Mike’s new ‘do, owned up to the unpopular look at last night’s Suits premiere event in New York City.
After a screening of the season six premiere episode which airs July 13, Entertainment Weekly hosted a panel with Suits cast members Sarah Rafferty (Donna Paulsen), Rick Hoffman (Louis Litt), and Adams (Mike Ross). When asked about Mike’s hair during the audience Q&A, the actor was charmingly candid.
“This is my first official public apology for that haircut,” Adams told the audience, who cheered and applauded. “You want to try new things in this world, and then Twitter lets you know what’s up. I’m not ashamed; I tried something.”
[Warning: If you haven’t finished season five, there are spoilers in this clip!] A promo for season six actually shows Mike’s buzz for his new digs.
Then, Adams shared a fun tidbit about the haircut scene itself.
“What you saw onscreen -- movie magic time! -– is not actually my hair being cut,” the actor explained. “My hair was already cut short because I did a little bit in this Legends of Tomorrow show and they cut my hair very short for that, so they put on this wig that you saw being shaved. So we didn’t get the satisfaction of actually shaving that horrible haircut onscreen, but I was happy to see it go -– as I’m sure most of you were.”
Adams also talked about directing Louis’ character last season in the episode “Self Defense” and the fun of watching Hoffman embody his onscreen persona.
“He commits fully and it’s an amazing thing to watch how he brings Louis to life,” Adams said, remembering how directing Hoffman to do something as simple as pick up the phone became a full-blown Louis LItt-ism.
“You have to do it like eight times, before he finally gets one normal [take], but his pinky’s out!” Adams laughed. “Those are the ways that Louis Litt came to be born.”
“I love the things they make Louis do,” Hoffman said. “I truly crack up at every single one of them. I also cringe at all the awful things he does.”
In season six, fans can expect a return to form when it comes to the humor in Suits -- especially with the interplay between Louis and Donna.
“It wasn’t appropriate last season for any of the season three and season four dynamic to come into the show," Rafferty explained, "considering the kinds of stakes that were happening and the sheer drama that was going on.” But from screening the upcoming premiere, it’s clear that there will be plenty of comedy peppered throughout the next batch of Suits episodes.
“Cue the hijinx that are going to ensue!” Rafferty teased. And another big tease from last night? There will be a man in Donna’s life this year -- and he’s not Harvey Specter!
Suits season six will premiere on Wednesday, July 13, on USA Network at 9/8c. Check out pics from the Entertainment Weekly event here: