Mark the date in you calendars! Season 8 of Suits will premiere on the USA Network on July 18 at 10/9c. The new season of the USA Network legal drama will see the debut of Katherine's character Samantha Wheeler, and as she explained to Entertainment Weekly the fierce and enigmatic lawyer, will "muscle her way" into the central law firm, Specter Litt and ruffle a few feathers in the process.

Katherine Heigl - Season 8 Suits Premiere Date Announced

"She’s kind of having fun messing with everybody. They’re just not having as much fun &dnash; yet," says Heigl, adding that her relationship with the firm’s managing partner, Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), is a little antagonistic at first. Samantha also has an uneasy dynamic with Donna (Sarah Rafferty), who has always prided herself on her ability to read people.

"The fact that Donna can’t quite put her finger on Samantha is really fun to play," Heigl says. "Our first scene together was just like that – she’s trying to figure out Samantha, and Samantha’s not really giving much of anything away."

Katherine also explained that Samantha feels closer to her than some of her recent TV roles. "She feels like a woman who has sort of reached that point in her life where she knows who she is, what she wants, and how to go about getting it. She’s not apologetic at all, which I kind of love."

A huge aficionado of the show, Katherine was very excited to become part of the Suits team. "It’s just pretty thrilling to be here. It’s the first experience I’ve ever had walking onto a show that I’m a fan of. I’m trying to not just geek out at every turn. I’m doing my best."

Check out for some exclusive shots of Katherine in the show and catch the full interview in the Summer Preview issue of Entertainment Weekly, on newsstands Friday.