After seven seasons as Dan Egan, the smooth-talking deputy director of communications turned TV personality on HBO's Veep, Reid Scott was ready for a change. "Dan was such a horrible shit," the actor says. "It sounds weird, but I wanted to see what it felt like to play a good guy."
That's what interested him about Eli, his character on the new CBS All Access series Why Women Kill, now available for streaming. (Of course, "Eli is not without his faults," says Scott.) The series follows three marriages across three different decades—and the ability to dive into a complex, modern relationship was another selling point for Scott. Their story set in the present day, Eli and his wife, Taylor (Kirby Howell-Baptiste), invite a third woman (Alexandra Daddario) into their relationship. Naturally that creates a fascinating, rich dynamic to explore.
"Eli is very much the beta to his wife's alpha," Scott explains. "I thought that was something important to portray and have seen on television: that you can still be a strong man even when you're married to an even stronger woman."
With relationships on the brain, we invited Scott to answer our Inappropriate Questions, Glamour's new column that asks all the cheeky, slightly off-kilter stuff best saved for a second (or better yet, third) date. (Not that this is a real date—Scott has been married to wife Elspeth Keller since 2014, and they have two sons.) Below, find out the most romantic date he's ever planned, the weirdest thing he does in his alone time, and so much more.
Glamour: What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done?
Reid Scott: I hope I've done a bunch, but there's one specific thing I know my wife really loved. She's a huge fan of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, so for our anniversary two years ago, I blindfolded her, put her in the car, and drove her to this little hangar out in Los Angeles. When I took off the blindfold, we were in the hangar and it was just us. There was champagne and, of course, the big red rose and a helicopter pilot waiting. We took a beautiful tour of all of Los Angeles in a helicopter. I've watched a few episodes of The Bachelor here and there in my life, and it seems like they're always going someplace on a helicopter. So I wanted to give her that experience. We didn't jump off a boat into some, like, crystal-blue water and we weren't crying about if we were there for the right reasons or anything like that, but it was pretty close.
What’s a dating or relationship “rule” you think is B.S.?
I don't know, I really got lucky. My wife and I don't have any sort of hard-and-fast rules. Actually, this just came up: A friend of mine was dating a guy who is very generous—sort of overly so—but she wasn't feeling it. She didn't want to hurt his feelings because he's so nice, but I [told her], "You can hurt someone's feelings." You know, being brutally honest is better than being sweetly dishonest.
That's good advice. Okay, fill in the blank: "I love when my wife…."
Oh man, there are so many things. I'm like, How much do I want to give away? Well, I'll say a couple: I love when my wife encourages me to go out and do my thing with my guy friends. And then a slightly more intimate thing is that I love when my wife initiates, you know, intimate times.
You have a full day to binge-watch whatever you want. What do you pick?
I'm really looking forward to the next season of Mindhunter, so I'm definitely going to be binge-watching that. I love anything dark. I'm fascinated by serial killers and con men and things like that. That's what the show really gets into—what goes on between the ears of a serial killer. I think that's really cool.
What’s the sexiest thing about yourself?
My wife says it's my sense of humor. I like that it's something sort of intangible, which, to me, is always the sexiest thing about someone else too.
What’s the biggest romantic fail you’ve experienced?
My wife and I were in Mexico for a wedding of one of her best friends. We were not yet married—so you know, the notion of marriage was certainly looming. My wife ended up having to go to the hospital with horrible food poisoning. At one point in the hospital, I had to help her poop in a cup, and I think we'd only been together for, like, eight months or something like that. In that moment, I was like, "Wow, I think I'm going to marry this girl." So not the most romantic weekend, but...
Oh, my God. I hope she's fine with you telling this story?
Oh yeah. We laugh about this quite a bit.
That's true love.
True love. That's how I knew.
Hard to move on from that, but let's try. What’s the weirdest thing you do in your alone time?
I talk to myself a lot. I assume I must have always done it, but my wife and son point that out a lot. I think I'll be alone in my office or someplace else, and I'll just be having a full-on conversation with myself, like, working through some shit. And they'll be like, "Who are you talking to?" And I'll be like, "Me." My son has started to do that now too, every once in a while. He's only four, so he'll say, "I need to have a conversation with myself for a minute." I'm like, "You go right ahead, buddy."
What’s your hangover cure?
Strong coffee and stronger weed.
You stop by a convenience store on your way to a house party. What are you buying?
Probably buying some form of booze to bring to the party. Definitely a big bottle of water for the journey home. Some snacks. I'm a sucker for corn chips, so if they've got good corn chips, I'll get that.
What’s your favorite movie or TV love scene?
I mean, from a kid I [always liked] the scene from Empire Strikes Back when Han Solo is being dipped into the carbonite and he looks up and Leia says, "I love you." And he says, "I know." I always thought that was just fucking cool. I was like, "Wow, that's badass love."
Who was your first celebrity crush?
Oh, it was Alyssa Milano. Hands down. I was the right age at the right time. Who's the Boss was a huge show when I was young, and she was the hottest thing on television. I remember my sister had Tiger Beat or whatever, and I remember looking through it and finding the pictures of Alyssa smiling and looking all adorable and cute and being like, "Oh, my God, she's the most beautiful thing." Now we're kind of buddies. We actually worked together for the same charity called the Creative Coalition, and she's awesome. I don't know that I've ever admitted to her I had a giant crush on her when I was 12.
Do you believe in astrology?
I do, actually. I don't know that I subscribe to it totally, wholeheartedly, but I think there's something to it. I'm a Scorpio. And from what I have gathered, I'm a pretty true Scorpio.
Last question: What’s the most inappropriate thing a fan has said to you?
I mean some of the DMs that come through on Instagram are just ridiculous. Everything from "Will you leave your wife and kids?" to some stuff that's way over-the-top.
Anna Moeslein is a senior editor at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram @annamoeslein.
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