“I am at heart like an old lady,” reveals actor Zach Woods in his interview with Gold Derby (watch the exclusive video above) about playing Jared Dunn in the fourth season of “Silicon Valley.” He continues, “[The writers] noticed that and when I improvise with the character, a lot of times, I emphasize that kind of thing and so, they’ve rightly identified me as someone who loves scented candles and quiet cups of tea and have steeped Jared in that ethos.”
Woods is very excited about what’s ahead for viewers to watch this month, saying that “the last two episodes of this season are my favorites that we’ve shot.” If nominated for Best Comedy Supporting Actor at the Emmys this year, he intends to submit the episode that airs this weekend on June 18, titled “Hooli-Con,” as his showcase to voters. “It’s really new territory for Jared — and exciting territory,” he explains. The season finale on June 25 is titled “Server Error,” and Woods teases, “Some tension actually emerges between Richard [Hendricks played by series lead Thomas Middleditch] and Jared for the first time and that was so fun and sad too to play with.”
The fourth season finale is also notable because it was recently announced that it will be the final appearance of fellow supporting actor T.J. Miller in the role of Erlich Bachman. Woods recounts, “We had a sense that was going to happen, but it was sometime after we wrapped that we found out officially, and it’s really sad because T.J.’s a lovely human being and he’s an amazing talent obviously, so I’ll miss Erlich. That character’s a great part of the show.”
And could Woods reprise his previous role as Ed Webster on HBO’s sister show “Veep” again? He adds, “My guess is no because it would be a little weird since we’re programmed back-to-back.” Woods appeared in the second and third seasons but has not worked on the show since “Silicon Valley” premiered in 2014. He elaborates, “If you watch ‘Silicon’ and then watch ‘Veep’ and then I’m in ‘Veep’ too, I think it would be disorienting. It would be like, ‘What’s Jared doing in D.C.?’ But I would love to. I think that show is obviously top of the line and I love those people, so I would welcome the chance, but my guess is they probably won’t want to do that for understandable reasons.”
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