From "Veep" to "Late Night," Reid Scott is thankful for Hollywood's powerhouse leading ladies
Actor Reid Scott explains why remaining humble is one of his greatest assets as an actor—a characteristic you’d be hard pressed to find in any of the men he plays on-screen. Scott joined “Salon Talks” to discuss his tendency to sign on to play snarky jerks, like Dan Egan on “Veep,” and his latest movie “Late Night” (Mindy Kaling called Scott specifically to ask him if he would play the privileged white prick).
When SalonTV’s Mary Elizabeth Williams pointed out Scott’s gravitation toward projects that are female-driven (including his role on “Veep” with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and working with Laura Linney on “The Big C”), he explained that they are intentional choices.
“Because I wanted to be a director, I like to think of the macro view of things, instead of the micro. I just wanted to be part of the best team.” For Scott, his career so far hasn’t been about having the most lines on set or becoming the most prominent character. Instead, Scott shared, he’s focused on questions like, “who's going to put together the best story, who's gonna assemble the best cast, and what's going to be the most fun?”
“Veep” just finished its seventh and final season and snagged 17 Emmy Awards. Watch the video above to learn more about why Scott looks for roles that include the leadership of “strong, intelligent women” in front of and behind the camera.
And check out the full episode to hear Scott explain why he thinks playing the villain is always the most fun and why he loves horror.
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