Tony Hale Q&A: ‘Veep’
“I’m constantly shocked I’m even on this list,” divulges Tony Hale when asked during our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video interview above) about receiving his fifth consecutive Emmy nomination for “Veep” as Best Comedy Supporting Actor. “If I ever stop being excited, somebody needs to bop me upside the head and just shake me, because that’s something that you never get used to.” Hale won this prize in 2013 and 2015 for playing Gary Walsh, the loyal aide to former U.S. President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus).
This season saw Selina displaced from the White House, which provided “a lot of fun material to work with.” Of course, it was difficult to compete with the absurdity of politics in the age of Donald Trump, but Hale believes the series, “gives people the opportunity to laugh. If you feel weird about laughing at the news, laugh at our show!”
“Veep” is the reigning Emmy champ, with back-to-back wins as Best Comedy Series. Its 17 nominations – more than any other season in the show’s history – make it the front-runner for a third consecutive victory. Hale competes in his category against co-star Matt Walsh, Alec Baldwin (“Saturday Night Live”), Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”), and last year’s winner, Louie Anderson (“Baskets”).