'Veep' Stars Talk About Being Star-Struck After a Chance Meeting With Michelle Obama and Working With 'Dream Cast Mate' Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Veep," Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays the vice president of the United States, Selina Meyer, a funny, flawed politico, supported by a team of devoted but often incompetent staffers, and the show spotlights the comical inner workings of one of the highest offices of our government.On the new HBO comedy "
It's no surprise that the cast loves working alongside the Emmy Award-winning comedian who has audiences in stitches from her days on "Seinfeld" and later "The New Adventures of Old Christine." "I got to meet her at my second audition, and instantly she puts out a friendly and playful vibe," Matt Walsh, who plays the VP's longtime press secretary, Mike McClintock, tells Yahoo! TV. "She is very professional. She just wants the show to be good. … The biggest thing that was surprising is she literally doesn't have an ego. When you're in a scene with her, she's willing to chase any joke, or do something stupid along with you. She really is willing to make mistakes along with us to see where it leads us."
She's also down to earth. "I can't say enough about how good I think she is in this show," says Timothy Simons, who plays Jonah Ryan, the White House liaison. "And also she's a dream cast mate. She's funny. She likes to tell jokes and hang out. She's a part of the ensemble. She doesn't separate or remove herself. There are no airs about her. I can't say enough about her. She's really an amazing person."
She's not the only veteran actress on the cast. Anna Chlumsky, who earns the "vet" title because she was a child star in movies including "My Girl," is in her first major role following a career hiatus. "Oh, sure I saw 'My Girl,'" says Reid Scott, who plays deputy director of communications Dan Egan, a ladder climber. "Everyone in my generation grew up with that movie. Yeah, and I'm allergic to bees like Macaulay Culkin's character was, so that movie sort of scared the s--- out of me [laughs]. Anna is great [as Selina's chief of staff] . She had a really nice career as a child actor, which is incredibly tough from what I hear, and she went about having a real life and went to college. I'll tell you -- you're not going to find a smarter person than Anna Chlumsky. She's just whip smart; she's just a vault of knowledge."