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What Led to Sarah Rafferty Being Cast as Donna Paulsen, Harvey Specter’s Loyal Assistant?

The legal drama series Suits captivated audiences with its fast-paced storytelling and the dynamic duo of Harvey Specter and his loyal assistant, Donna Paulsen. Played by Sarah Rafferty, Donna’s character became an integral part of the show’s success.

How Did Sarah Rafferty Land the Role of Donna Paulsen?

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Suits – Donna Paulsen

According to Collider, Donna is “the best character on the show,” bringing “wit, intelligence, and loyalty to the firm.” Donna’s character stood out for her determination to break free from traditional gender roles associated with her position as a secretary. She was refreshingly empowered, demanding more for herself and recognizing her own worth, which was a departure from the typically submissive portrayal of such roles.

While Harvey excelled in the legal domain, Donna complimented him with her exceptional emotional intelligence and ability to read people. She filled the gaps where Harvey lacked tact or emotional acuity in dealing with the public, often providing invaluable insights that proved crucial to his cases.

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Donna Paulsen: A Trailblazer in Her Own Right

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Suits – Donna Paulsen

Sarah Rafferty, who played Donna, recognized the potential for growth in the character and aimed to portray her as a trailblazer. Donna refused to conform to traditional expectations, instead carving her own path within the male-dominated legal world.

Furthermore, Donna served as Harvey’s moral compass, unafraid to challenge him when she deemed his actions questionable. She would remind him of his ethical principles and share her perspective, ensuring that he remained grounded in his moral code.

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With Suits now concluded, fans can look forward to a spin-off series set in Los Angeles, promising to capture the same energy and feel of the original show.

Suits is currently streaming on Peacock in the U.S.

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