Kimberly Wannop Q&A: ‘Veep’ set designer
During our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above), “Veep” set decorator Kimberly Wannop reveals she was excited in season six to “get out of that government world that we’ve been in so much (exploring) what is Selina like in the real world?” Wannop reaped her second consecutive Emmy nomination this summer in Best Production Design for the HBO political satire. She shares this bid with production designer Jim Gloster and art director Andrew Leitch.
The veteran decorator began working on the show in season five, which ended with President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) getting booted out of the White House after losing the election. While many wondered where the show would go from there, Wannop was eager for this “new beginning.” She believes the writers had “made these characters so wonderfully rounded that they can go out into the world and it’s still able to be funny, and they still can come back together and have great scenes. So it was pretty exciting for us to be able to start almost like a new show.”
Wannop previously contended at the Emmys for “Bones” in 2009. She’s also competed at the Art Directors Guild awards for “Parks and Recreation” in 2013 and 2014 and “Veep” in 2017. She has worked on such shows as “Brooklyn 99,” “The Spoils of Babylon,” “Love,” and “The Good Place.”
She competes in this category against “The Big Bang Theory,” “Grace and Frankie,” “Mozart in the Jungle,” “Silicon Valley,” and “Transparent.” Check out our full interview above for more about Wannop’s work on “Veep.”