“I was so excited about the idea,” admits “Veep” star Timothy Simons as we chat via webcam (watch above) about his character, Jonah Ryan, hoping to fill a vacant congressional seat in New Hampshire to help President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) retain control of the White House. “When they first told me they were thinking about it, I tried to pretend that they had never told me,” he says, “because if they didn’t want to do it I would have been devastated.”
For the actor, “Jonah views running for Congress as his natural next step. His own cluelessness of his natural ability is ridiculous.” As he explains, “up until now, Jonah’s never had to have a public face. He’s been behind-the-scenes where he can say bad things and be his awful self.” This storyline meant that his character “has to be friendlier or at least as friendly as he can be. I had to try and find that balance.”
In the end, Jonah wins the race and Simons says, “I loved how his victory speech immediately turns into a revenge thing. Where he goes ‘look at me now.’ That was so petty on a grand scale that it was a favorite.”
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