Ben Schwartz on House of Lies' Strong Finale, Kristen Bell's Sloth Love and More Parks & Rec
TVLINE | First off, congrats on the Season 2 pickup! On Kristen’s sloth scale, how excited was your reaction to the news?
Listen, when she first showed us a long clip of the sloth thing [home video], Josh [Lawson, who plays Doug] and I were like, “That’s amazing! Don’t ever show anybody that. Never show anybody that.” And then we saw it on the Internet when it was on Ellen, and it had like eight million views. I sent it to Josh, who was in Australia at the time, and he went, “Oh, no!” And then I sent him the music remix. I love it. I love her. She’s so genuine and wonderful and she’s such a great human being. People love her. How do you not love Kristen Bell?
TVLINE | So…you’re definitely excited about Season 2?
[Laughs] Yes, I’m so excited! And when everybody sees how the season ends, I think it’s going to be even cooler to see what happens next. The thing is that the four of us genuinely like each other so much, and we all get along — the writers, the directors and the actors — so we just can’t wait to work with each other again, man! When you get to work with people like Don [Cheadle], Kristen and Josh, you wanna work with them every day if you can.
TVLINE | In the finale, Clyde is named one of the “25 Top Consultants Under 30.” How do you think that will change things for him? Do you think he will leave the pod?
That’s a great question! This recognition makes him interesting to every other place, so we’ll see what happens when he sees that his own business is going under and he may have bites from other companies. It’s also fun to see what happens when my character gets a little bit of status [in the finale] and can hold something above Jeannie or Doug.
TVLINE | Do you think we’ll learn more about him and this new status next season?
I think next season, we’re going to find out what happens when you don’t see these guys [at work]. We don’t know what Clyde is really like; we only see what he’s like around these three people. Is he really depressed when he goes home? Is he drinking a lot? I think the fact that you haven’t learned as much background about Doug or Clyde is only going to play to our advantage. With Clyde, you have no idea if he’s a villain or a good guy — you just know he can be funny, that he can screw over people, and that he’s good at his job. But he’s [also] always looking and watching what people are doing very carefully, and I think that’s a wild card that you can play in any part of the series.
TVLINE | Switching gears, when will we see Jean-Ralphio’s return on Parks and Rec?
I filmed one more episode — the finale — but they shot two versions, so I have no idea if I’m going to be in the episode. My scene is just a tiny, fun little thing, just because they’re so gracious and nice. Either way, the script is brilliantly written; it’s a perfect, really cool way to end an extraordinary season. I thought they just crushed it this year.