Gabriel Macht Eats Clean And Lean
Suits’ Gabriel Macht is nothing like his onscreen character. At home, he’s private, a down-to-earth family man who practices clean and healthy eating.
On screen, as Harvey Spector, Gabriel Macht is a ladies’ man, wears the top labels and has a determined demeanour. He is smooth, in court and out, with a smirk on his face and a raised eyebrow. The only thing the real Gabriel Macht has in common with his on-screen persona is the undulating eyebrows. Which he lists among his “special skills”.
So Who Is The Real Gabriel Macht?
Macht, despite his rising celebrity, is a private family man. He stays grounded and out of the public eye. Which may seem surprising, seeing as he is the son of actor Steven Macht (of Cagney and Lacey fame), and is married to Australian actress Jacinda Barret.
His father has been acting since the early 1970s. So Gabriel Macht was exposed to the entertainment industry from an early age. He used to accompany his father on set. Saying in an interview with Metro. “I knew as a young kid that this is what I wanted to do. I saw the stories [my father] was telling and said [to myself ]: ‘That’s what I want to do.’”
Gabriel Macht won his first award, for his performance in Why Would I Lie, when he was just eight years old. Asked by Parade.com what he would be doing if he weren’t acting, he said his future plans are to direct. However, if he weren’t in the entertainment industry at all, he would be out in the woods or guiding white-water rafting tours. “I love being in the elements,” he commented.
His Father, His Mentor
Keeping it in the family, Macht’s dad has portrayed his on-screen father, appearing as Harvard Law professor Henry Gerard Spector. While his wife, Jacinda, played Harvey’s former love interest, Zoe Lawford, on the show. The couple’s real-life daughter, Satine Anais Geraldine Macht, played Zoe’s niece.
Macht shares that he has had mentors along his journey, but that his father stands out among them. Speaking to Parade.com, he explained: “I think that, growing up, my father mentored me in many ways. I was able to learn from his successes and failures, and what better way to grow than to learn by both winning and losing. He was able to bestow his wisdom on me by ‘doing’. I have learned so much by being in his presence.”
Gabriel Macht’s Family Life
But for Macht, the greatest role he has taken on is that of dad. In an interview he commented. “I’m so appreciative of the opportunity I’ve had to work and the people I’ve been able to work with, but I think family trumps everything.” The couple have two children, Satine (nine) and Luca (two).
Speaking of his daughter, he commented. “To produce a human person that has an incredible sensitivity. Just a little being who’s empathic and who’s exploring everything and is kind and is motivated and strong and stubborn – all these things. I hate to label her because she’s a billion things more than that. But to produce a child that’s going to be good for humanity, that’s what I’m more proud of. And becoming a father is enormous.”
On screen, Harvey Spector doesn’t need or want for anything. A lonely man, he keeps even those he loves at arm’s distance, as shown by his relationships with his prodigy, Mike Ross and his secretary Donna Paulsen. In real life, Macht is good friends with Adams, having stayed with him, at his mother’s place, when they first started filming Suits in Toronto. They share a number of common interests, and are both proponents of green living and sustainable practices.
Do Harvey & Donna Have Off-Screen Chemistry?
Macht and co-star Rafferty may share a sizzling-hot chemistry on screen, but the pair have been friends since 1993, after meeting at Williamstown theatre Festival. And after moving out of Adams’ mom’s penthouse, Macht stayed with Rafferty. “We go back 20 years and our daughters are best friends, so we lived in the same house [while shooting Suits in Toronto].”
Macht said in an interview with Blast magazine. “We are really, really, close friends. We’ve been to each other’s weddings.” When it comes to his character, Macht says there are similarities, yet. “People who know me have mentioned, ‘Gabriel is the complete opposite of Harvey’. There are many decisions Harvey has made based on his stern outer armour and bitter past which probably I wouldn’t. I am sensitive and a little emotional by nature, unlike Harvey,” he told Indian Express.
“The challenging part for me was to empathise with Harvey’s situation. I had to get deep into his skin to understand his behaviour and why he does things in a certain way. It was only when I got into the character that I realised that this Harvey may be very fast, but he’s got a real heart underneath all the banter.”
And unlike his bourbon-swilling, red-meat-eating persona, Macht and his family have eaten a more vegetarian-based diet. He has been quoted as saying that he had just had the best Philly cheesesteak sandwich ever, but it left him feeling terrible. “A friend recommended I read the China Study, and I quit eating meat. I’ve never felt better.” Macht still maintains a cleaner, whole foods way of life for his health.
The China Study
Despite a trend towards healthier living and eating that borders on obsession for some, globally we are still facing rising levels of obesity. Lifestyle diseases (and more especially heart disease and diabetes) are on the increase.
In The China Study, Dr T Colin Campbell and Thomas Campbell have detailed the connection between nutrition, heart disease, diabetes and cancer. It has been called the “Grand Prix of epidemiology” and the “most comprehensive large study ever undertaken of the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease”.
Campbell and his team at Cornell, in partnership with teams in China and England, found that a diet high in animal protein is not of benefit to all. And that some people will benefit more from a diet rich in whole foods and a plant-based diet.
The Importance of Plant Based Nutrition
In an interview with the New York Times, Campbell notes: “I don’t use the word ‘vegan’ or ‘vegetarian’. I don’t like those words. People who choose to eat that way choose to because of ideological reasons. I don’t want to denigrate their reasons for doing so. But I want people to talk about plant-based nutrition and to think about these ideas in a very empirical scientific sense, and not with an ideological bent to it.
“The idea is that we should be consuming whole foods. We should not be relying on the idea that genes are determinants of our health. We should not be relying on the idea that nutrient supplementation is the way to get nutrition, because it’s not. I’m talking about whole, plant-based foods. The effect it produces is broad for treatment and prevention of a wide variety of ailments, from cancer to heart disease to diabetes.”
Campbell believes the closer we get to a plant-based diet, the healthier we are going to be.
“It’s not because we have data to show that 100% plant-based eating is better than 95%. But if someone has been diagnosed with cancer or heart disease, it’s smart to go ahead and do the whole thing. If I start saying you can have a little of this, a little of that, it allows them to deviate off course. We tend to choose the foods we become accustomed to, and in part because we become addicted to them, dietary fat in particular.
“If we go to a plant-based diet, at first it might be difficult. But it turns out, after a month or two, our taste preferences change and we discover new tastes and feel a lot better, and we don’t want to go back. It’s not a religion with me. It’s just that the closer we get to a 100% plant based diet, the better off we’re going to be.”
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