GABRIEL MACHT IS FEELING fairly content as Suits returns for its ninth and final season. “Everyone’s got a very positive, upbeat, creative push moving into these last couple months,” says the actor, who plays maverick lawyer Harvey Specter. A significant portion of Macht’s invigoration can be attributed to the return of his former partner in winning, Patrick J. Adams. The actor—who left at the end of season 7— is back as brilliant lawyer Mike Ross in the season’s fifth episode (airing Aug. 14). Macht was so excited to see Adams on his first day back on set that he risked ruining his sleek bespoke look when they reunited in the hair and makeup trailer.
“He’d just gotten a haircut. I was worried about getting flakes of hair all over my wardrobe, but it didn’t matter. I gave him a hug anyway,” says Macht. “We haven’t worked together in a year and a half, but it feels like there has been not a second that has passed. There was a moment in the first scene as I walked up to him where I was like, ‘Holy s---, this is the energy. This is what we had for seven years.’ ” And the feeling is definitely mutual. “It’s been great,” says Adams, whose character rode off into the sunset with Meghan Markle’s Rachel after their season 7 wedding. “To come back now, make each other laugh, and push the buttons I know how to push better than anyone in