On strong female characters
BH: What’s been your favourite Rachel story line on Suits?
MM: I personally love watching Rachel’s career aspirations, with her going to law school and all that. Also, the development Rachel and Donna’s friendship. Off camera, Sarah [Rafferty] and I are so close and you can see how [the writers] have woven that into the story line. You see our banter with each other. I love that. I love anything that’s showing strong female relationships that aren’t competitive. I think it’s really important to have that on television. And I love that [Sarah and I] are able to do that together because it reflects real life.
On Louis Litt
BH: Other than Rachel, who is your favourite character on Suits?
MM: Louis Litt! He’s one of the best characters on television. It’s so well written. Rick [Hoffman] is so good at bringing him to life. (Outside of Sarah, he’s the other person that I’m closest with on the cast.) It’s just multi-layered. You love to hate him and then your heart goes out to him. I think what he’s done is craft a character – they’ve written it this way for him, but what he’s done is brought it to life where once you start to follow and understand Louis Litt’s story, he’s made it so simple to be empathetic where even when you know he’s being nasty or divisive, it’s coming from all this deep rooted sadness or insecurity. He’s really humanized that character and it’s awesome to watch. I’m really proud of him.
On her rescue dogs
BH: You have two rescue dogs. Do you know what breed they are? And what are their names?
MM: Well Bogart is possibly a Lab/Shepherd mix. I’m not entirely sure. When I got him… it’s a funny story. He’s my first dog ever. I didn’t grow up with dogs. I was in LA and I went to this dog rescue [shelter] and they had gotten him and his brother. They found them in an alley in this neighbourhood called Downey at five weeks old. So I saw him and I was sitting there with him and then Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi walk in. Now, I don’t now her, but Ellen goes ‘Is that your dog?’ And I said, ‘No,’ and she’s like, ‘You have to take that dog.’ And I said, ‘Well, I’m deciding.’ And she’s like, ‘Rescue the dog!’ It’s sort of like if Oprah tells you to do something. I’m sitting there holding him and she’s like ‘Have you thought of a name for him yet?’ And I said, ‘Well, I think I’d name him Bogart,’ and she’s like ‘You’re taking the dog home.’ And she walks outside to get into her car but instead of getting in she turns around and comes and taps on the window glass and she yells ‘Take the dog!’ And so I brought him home. Because Ellen told me to.
Bogs is about three years old now and I started to see that he loves the company of people, but just like I love the company of dogs, I don’t want to be around solely dogs all day long so I realized he might like to have a companion. A little over a year ago I looked for a small dog to be his buddy. [He was driven] up from Kentucky where they had found him in the woods. I was waiting in Milton [Ontario] for him to be driven up and his paper work from the pound just said ‘The little guy,’ and I tried [some names] but he wasn’t responding to anything so I said ‘ “Little guy’ and I think he was so used to people calling him it that he responded, so I said ‘You’re name will now be Guy.’ I have Bogart and Guy. Guy is a Beagle and 17 pounds. He’s probably about four- or five-years-old based on his teeth. They are thick as thieves those two.