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.
On her passion project
BH: If you weren’t acting, what else would you love to do?
MM: Some of the things I’m doing to a certain extent. I started The Tig because I wanted to be writing more. My job is to say someone else’s lines believably for a living, so I suddenly had an outlet to say my own words. I did it because it was a passion project. Now it’s become like another job. [Markle closed the site amid rumours when she and Prince Harry first started dating.]
I also love cooking and I love food so much, along with travel so to say I wish I could do a food and travel show at some point – but that could happen. Other than that, of course I still love politics and social issues but that’s still part of what I’m doing. So I feel really grateful that – even though it requires a lot of juggling – if there’s anything in your life that you wish you were doing, do it! In some capacity you really can. It doesn’t mean you’re doing it full time but if it’s important to you I think you find a way to fold it into your life. It’s part of creating the balance but it’s also, for myself at least, finding my happiness. It can’t just come from one place; it has to feed you from a lot of different places.