by Keith Davis, USANetwork.com
Since her first appearance on Suits in season two, Amanda Schull's character, Katrina Bennett, has shown that she can hold her own with anyone at the firm. We recently had a chance to sit down with Amanda and talk about the evolution of Katrina, the final season of Suits, and Katrina's weird relationship with Louis Litt.
USANetwork.com: You joined Suits in season two and now we're at the ninth and final season. What are your thoughts on being on the show and on this journey?
Amanda Schull: It is interesting because for six seasons I was a guest star. I would come in and out of the world and tip in and out and then in season eight, I got this great opportunity to come on full-time. It's been really interesting because I would fly in and live in the world just for a few days, and now getting to be here full-time, I really like it. I really also like where Katrina's gone. So that's been enjoyable and it'll be really sad to say goodbye to her.
USA: What are your thoughts on Katrina's growth throughout the years on Suits?
AS: It's been interesting because Katrina was always smart. She was always very competent. She was crafty also. But what we started to learn is that she's also very fiercely loyal. So when she found Louis Litt and their weirdo bizarro dynamic clicked, it was like some sort of a strange plankton latching onto a whale where it's just like, 'I will be what you need and I will do what you need.' She did things on behalf of Louis that were questionable because she's loyal to him and she's loyal to the firm and she would do what needed to be done.
I think the more we've seen Katrina grow, the more Katrina has realized that she needs to have her own power and her own strength as well. So it's not just that she needs to do what needs to be done for the firm or for Louis. It's also that she needs to do what's right for Katrina and she needs to make the decisions that will empower her going forward.
USA: Is her loyalty to Louis going to be tested at all in season nine?
AS: It will get tested a little bit. But I think everyone's relationship gets tested on this show pretty regularly. These people are not afraid to say what they feel and not afraid to ruffle some feathers, which I really respect and I would love to be able to gain some of that audacity going forward. Katrina realizes that, after the fallout with Robert Zane, there will be some consequences that she does not want anything to do with. And if she doesn't want to be sullied by that, she needs to get her act together and figure out who she wants to be going forward.
USA: What's it been like working with Rick Hoffman?
AS: I like Rick a lot, he's a good buddy of mine. The dialogue in the show obviously lends to this weirdo dynamic, but he makes it really easy. He's so good and clever and funny and silly... he takes his work seriously but not himself seriously. I've been pretty honored to participate in that wild ride.
USA: Are there any funny off-the-cuff moments you can speak about?
AS: Oh, every single scene with Rick, there's a moment where it's just like, 'Oh God, if we were doing another show, that wouldn't be able to make it on tape!'
USA: Is there a favorite scene or Katrina moment you have from the show?
AS: I have a lot of favorite moments from last season with Katrina owning her strength. I liked a lot of scenes that I got to do with Katherine Heigl that were really fun because it was fun just to work with Katie in general. When Katrina decided to start owning her power against somebody as formidable as Samantha Wheeler, it was really enjoyable to see Katrina just stepping up. There's some random, very dry moments with Rick, I have always enjoyed, I mean, at one point, Louis said something to Katrina, like, "if you were a less attractive woman, I would love you." And she said, "I know." They just have this weird relationship, I love it.
USA: In season eight, Katrina's character had a budding love interest. Is that relationship heading anywhere in season nine?
AS: Regarding Katrina and Brian, Katrina would never under any circumstances, set her sights on a married man. That is not who she is. She never would have crossed the line intentionally. I think it surprised her more than it surprised anybody that she had feelings because she's also not a very emotional person. So that admission was shocking to even her. It took her by surprise and once she realized that, she knew that it needed to stop. So it didn't even allow time to bloom.
That is something that she is aware of in season nine. She's aware that she had cracks in her veneer. She was emotional at work when she's not usually an emotional person. I think it has helped her humanity going forward with her work and her decisions as well.
USA: What would you say to the Suits fans that have been with the show from day one and have showed their support for the show for eight, nine years now?
AS: Aside from just thank you for joining us, I hope that we were there for them during those nine years when maybe they needed a little entertainment or levity or just an escape. So I hope over nine seasons people got what they came for with the show.
Catch the ninth and final season of Suits Wednesdays at 9/8c on USA Network!