Warning: Contains spoilers for the most recent episode of Suits.
Did you ever think that Louis Litt would open his heart again after the heartbreak he suffered from Sheila Sasz? Well, not only has Louis decided to give romance another tumble, but he has also put his money where his mouth is -- he literally bought a house to avoid asking his crush on a date.
Outrageous? Not if you're Louis Litt! And while we're at it, actor Rick Hoffman asks Suits fans how they could question Louis' commitment to impressing Tara (Carly Pope). No, seriously. How dare you?
Here's what we learned about Louis' new infatuation during an exclusive interview with Hoffman this week.
USA Network: Tara is obviously quite lovely-looking, but besides that, what are some of the qualities that Louis is drawn to, outside of the physical attraction?
Rick Hoffman: First thing's first, as soon as he turned around and was ready to kick this mysterious architect's ass for not showing up a half hour early, his immediate physical response was like a cartoon character.
Then, on top of it, she immediately gave him two bits of information that show they share common interests. That's all Louis Litt needs and then he's off to the races. Aside from that, as you start to get through the fifth, sixth, and seventh episodes, Louis gains a deeper respect for Tara, based on certain circumstances that he set up for himself. I guess it's safe to say his love grows based on her being unbelievably honest and Tara, as a character, being very comfortable in her own skin. Louis is gonzo.
USA Network: When you first learned that Louis would be buying a Hamptons house to spend time with Tara, what was your reaction? Is this the craziest thing anyone's ever done to get out of asking someone on a date?
Rick Hoffman: No offense to you, but I've been seeing a lot of responses on Twitter that ask, "Is Louis crazy for getting a house just to impress a woman?" I'm going to say this to everybody, "Are you serious? This is a guy who had a trial that lasted through five episodes of a season over a cat."
USA Network: Okay, fair enough. Point taken. Also, by the time we get to this week's episode, we realize that Tara actually finds this grand gesture quite romantic.
Rick Hoffman: Right, and by the way, I have a question for the Suits fans who have watched from the very beginning, how dare they ask that question? What show are they watching? This is a guy who keeps prune juice and bran bars in a contract!
USA Network: You're right! Shame on us!
Rick Hoffman: Shame on you.
USA Network: There were people who loved the Sheila-Louis plot line. What can they look forward to as Louis embarks on a new romantic journey?
Rick Hoffman: Without giving anything away, I think, like any relationship, it has its own independent dynamic. Sheila and Louis had a very "You-bring-the coconut-oil-and-ski-mask" dynamic; they had a "hit-me-harder" dynamic.
Louis and Tara have a different type of unique dynamic that I think is equally as interesting -- just different.
USA Network: We've talked about some of the more eccentric qualities of Louis but we've also seen a couple times this season a reminder that Louis is, among other things, a financial wizard. Is this important to you that your character continue to have real chops as a lawyer so that we never forget that Louis is brilliant? Is that something you push for?
Rick Hoffman: I don't know if it's because I've struggled for a very long time or because maybe I've been a part of television series that haven't lasted as long. It's always a sports analogy that comes to mind, which is, when your character needs to sit on the bench, you shut up and sit on the bench. My character, at times, has been a key cog in the machine of solving a particular problem. Then, at other times, he's just brought levity to some of the heaviness with some of the comedic story-lines.
I have a character that's written so brilliantly, I have complete trust in the writers. Whatever direction they take him in, that's the direction they take him in. I don't push for anything, I feel like it all balances out in the end. Whether or not Louis is involved in all of the stuff with Mike, I trust Aaron [Korsh] and the writers and I think what they have in store is unbelievably smart, as usual. If I need to sit on the bench, I do it proudly.
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This interview has been edited for length and clarity.