Suits Q&A: Max Beesley On Playing British Harvey & The End of The Stephen/Donna Romance
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As Stephen Huntley on "Suits," actor Max Beesley has brought some heat to the law offices of Pearson Darby Specter this summer.
The British actor helped steam up the copy room with Donna Paulsen (Sarah Rafferty), and he's gone toe-to-toe with super-lawyer Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) while working the Ava Hessington (Michelle Fairley) case.
His behind-the-scenes maneuvers in the ever-changing case have caused more harm than good, and last week fans seemingly found out why. Stephen appears to have been attempting to stop information getting out -- that he is actually the one who ordered the murders Ava is being charged with.
In a new interview with AccessHollywood.com , Max hinted things aren't exactly how they appear to be (maybe). He also shared his thoughts on last week's big Harvey/Stephen fight, and the surprising reaction from fans to the end of the Donna-Stephen romance.
AccessHollywood.com: Last week's bathroom fight scene with Gabriel Macht -- was it fun to shoot?
Max Beesley: It was fantastic. Gabriel and I get on very well and he's a lovely guy. It was nice to actually have a bit of physicality on the show. I think he was pleased and we both had a chat about it before with the director and the stunt guy...
It's interesting because I used to be a boxer, so obviously the ego kicks in and I'm like, 'Hold on guys. I wouldn't mind throwing a few more shots in here.' And they're like, 'Yeah, but it's Harvey, so this is the way it's gonna be.' And I'm like, 'Well, it's actually true to the story, so I'm gonna swallow the pride and let's go!'
It absolutely works out perfectly that [because of] the weight of the whole case he would be incredibly angry about what had been going on back and forth. And maybe there's a layer in there of protectiveness over Donna, the relationship and consequently that's what happens. ... But I must say, I did want to throw a few head-butts in, but that got left out.
Access: Stephen did play rugby.
Max: Yeah, they say, 'He's a rugby guy, do you think you can take him?' and I must admit... if I was a chocolate, I wouldn't eat myself, but I do look quite fit on the show and quite strong.
Access: How much info did they give you about Stephen Huntley when you took the role? Obviously there was a huge revelation in last week's episode. Did you know that when you started?
Max: No, it's an interesting thing. Most of the shows that I've done in the past I have a very, very good idea [about my role], even if it's 12 episodes, I'll definitely get an outline from the writers on where it's going and what we're doing. On a few, it's guess work because the writers are still writing, but on this one, initially when I took the meeting with Aaron [Korsh, 'Suits' creator] and we sat down and spoke about it, it was just basically to make sure that I was aware that he's a strong character. He has to be able to jump in the ring, if you like, with Harvey. ... When we got into the show, it was kind of [week by week], actually. And there was something both freeing about that, but also unnerving for me because I like to prepare very, very heavily on the work. But I actually took something away from it, which is, if you don't know where it's gonna go, you can only play the realism of what's on the page that day and that week, so that's what I did.