Veep ac­tor a nat­u­ral at play­ing a jerk

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Lynn Elber

LOS AN­GE­LES — Reid Scott is used to be­ing cast as an abra­sive char­ac­ter, his lat­est be­ing schem­ing Wash­ing­ton po­lit­i­cal aide Dan Egan in Veep.

Scott jokes that play­ing jerks “just comes nat­u­rally,” but he clearly has a softer side. This spring, he flew crosscoun­try to San Fran­cisco to ask El­speth Keller’s fa­ther for his per­mis­sion to marry the ac­tress.

And now Scott and Keller are plan­ning a wed­ding that pays trib­ute to their com­bined fam­ily her­itage.

“Her grand­mother was a li­brar­ian and mine was a lit­er­a­ture pro­fes­sor,” said Scott, and that helped the cou­ple pick the steps of a Los An­ge­les pub­lic li­brary for their wed­ding next year.

Scott, 34, who por­trayed a wannabe player in My Boys and an on­col­o­gist in The Big C, has more than wed­ding plans on his sched­ule. Dur­ing breaks in tap­ing HBO’s Veep, he filmed a trio of in­de­pen­dent films in­clud­ing, most re­cently, Sis­ter with Bar­bara Her­shey.

Sis­ter, in which he plays a strug­gling ac­tor whose fam­ily is cop­ing with death and men­tal ill­ness, proved to be the most “sat­is­fy­ing act­ing job in my ca­reer,” Scott said. He ex­pects the movie to screen at fes­ti­vals be­fore it makes its way to the­atres.

He’s glad to be back at work on Veep, which nabbed Emmy Awards last weekend for cast mates Ju­lia Louis-Drey­fus and Tony Hale. The gold tro­phies aside, “there’s not a lot of ego fly­ing around on set,” Scott said.

“Ju­lia is one of the most Emmy Award-win­ning ac­tresses of all time, but she’s such a jeans-and-T-shirt kind of gal,” he said.

So did the cast do any­thing for the vic­to­ri­ous duo when they got back to work?

“I think they should get us gifts,” Scott replied, feign­ing ir­ri­ta­tion. “They’re the win­ners. They get all the juice now. They’ve got to share the love with us.”

Now that sounds more like his Veep char­ac­ter. And what’s in store for the am­bi­tious Egan, deputy com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor for Vice-Pres­i­dent Selina Meyer, when the se­ries re­turns next spring?

“Dan is poised for a ma­jor, ma­jor fall,” Scott said, sound­ing not a bit dis­ap­pointed.

Reid Scott as Dan Egan

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