Dan Egan

played by Reid Scott

Deputy Assistant to the Vice President and Deputy Director of Communications

Bio

"I'm the Vice President's secret weapon."

The most recent addition to the administration, Dan describes himself as, "a dynamic team player who loves a challenge." He enjoys working with Mike and says, "getting to study him at close quarters is a revelation," adding, "he is literally SO easy to learn from." At the moment his core focus is new media but he imagines the role "will very rapidly expand beyond that narrow remit to encompass many other new and exciting horizons." He believes his extensive contacts and supreme networking skills will pay dividends in the near future. "Without wishing to sound boastful, I'm the Vice President's secret weapon."

Reid Scott

Reid Scott transitions from hunky oncologist to Academy Award nominee Laura Linney on the Golden Globe-winning Showtime series 'The Big C' into the coveted role as a D.C. legend opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus in HBO's 'Veep.' 

He previously starred in four seasons of the first original comedy for TBS, 'My Boys.'  The show followed a twenty-something sportswriter who is looking for love despite her male-dominated group of friends.  Scott starred as her lovelorn roommate.  He simultaneously juggled a multi-episode arc on ABC Family Channel's hit drama 'Secret Life of an American Teenager.' 

Scott relocated to L.A. upon booking the lead in the FOX pilot 'With You in Spirit' in which he played a character loosely based on the show's creator Steve Levitan.  He ultimately went on to star on the ABC comedy 'It's All Relative', from the producers of the Academy Award-winning 'Chicago.'  A recurring role on NBC's acclaimed drama 'American Dreams' followed, along with the telefilm 'Revenge of a Middle-Aged Woman' with Christine Lahti.   Early next year, he'll voice a lead role in Disney XD's animated 'Motorcity' series.

He also appeared on the big screen in the New Line thriller 'Amusement', the comedy feature 'Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas' which co-starred the likes of Patrick Fugit, Cheryl Hines, and Olivia Wilde; and more recently completed Caprice Crane's short, "Passing the Time," based upon her best-selling novel, Forget About It, as well as the indie drama 'Missing William', and the romantic comedy 'Losing Control'.

Born and raised in upstate New York, Scott received a degree from Syracuse University before moving to NYC to pursue acting.  No stranger to theatre, he starred opposite the likes of Jon Hamm in L.A. Theatre Work's "The Three Sisters," and is currently directing a local production of "The Elephant Man."  He currently resides in Los Angeles with his beloved pit bull, where in addition to his love of music, he is also an avid downhill skier.

Interview with Reid Scott

HBO

Dan started out the season trying to be Selina's right-hand man, but now he seems to be losing confidence in her. What's changed?

Reid Scott

Dan's the kind of guy who doesn't know what to do when he's not climbing ladders. And his bully tactics don't seem be working as well since he's in such a lame duck office. For the first time, he's completely out of his element - a non-entity in the political world - and he finds that very frustrating.

HBO

Is he surprised to find the end game might be the Veep's office? Did he think it would help him climb further?

Reid Scott

He still does think he can climb from there, actually. He's the kind of guy who looks at everyone and everything as a stepping stone. To him, everything's a chess move - he has no real loyalty anywhere.

HBO

Speaking of stepping stones, why can't he get the attention of the Pol Pot of pie charts?

Reid Scott

It's like the dating world - when you have a crush on someone and you're so hot and heavy on ‘em, you reek of desperation. I think that's how Kent sees him - "Wow, you want this WAY too much. There's gotta be something wrong with you."

HBO

There's a deleted scene where Kent tells Dan the VP's office is the top of his bounce - is that true?

Reid Scott

I don’t think so. I think Dan has some tricks up his sleeves – he’s the kind of guy that if you beat him down, he’s going to work ten times harder and come back out of nowhere to take the lead.

HBO

Dan was working pretty hard a few episodes ago to get Amy’s attention – do you think there’s any kind of future for them?

Reid Scott

I don’t think there’s anything romantic in their future, but from Dan’s point of view, because of their history, their relationship is something he can draw on because he knows how to manipulate her. But it’s not a Sam and Diane kind of thing where they’re going to be falling in and out of bed with each other.

HBO

Is there anything about Dan’s character that you identify with? Or that you enjoy playing?

Reid Scott

Oh, I enjoy everything about him; it’s so fun to play the sinister guy with the dark, mean streak. And I do identify with him a little bit [laughs], which I’m not necessarily proud of. I see his point of view; the minute I read the pilot, I saw who Dan was and what he was after and knew the kind of things that he’d be willing to do to get what he wants. Since those are all the things you put into building a character, I realized, “Oh god, oh no, somewhere in me there’s a Dan Egan. This is terrible."

HBO

Is there anything you’d like to see the show explore with Dan in future seasons?

Reid Scott

I like how the show has slowly teased out a little bit of each character’s personal life – we’ve seen Jonah and his roommates, Amy and her family, Selina and her ex-husband – but the one thing we haven’t seen yet is any of Dan’s personal life. I have a ton of ideas of where I think he comes from, what his apartment is like, what his family’s like, who the girls are that he dates – stuff like that. I’m really excited to get into that side of Dan.

HBO

And one last question – Selina orders him to the Bastardmobile in the “Shutdown” episode – what’s that come equipped with?

Reid Scott

I'm sure it has mirrors everywhere, like little vanity mirrors. And it probably has some really lame Sting soundtrack in the CD player [laughs].

Think Fast

If I were president, my pet cause would be: The environment, for sure.

What's in my Leviathan: It's pretty sparse - I'm no Gary. One pen of every color, a bunch of pencils, a notebook, and a pack of gum.

_________ was the worst job I ever had: Oh god. Washing dishes at Applebee's.

My perfect day off would be: One at home with a book (hard-boiled detective noir) and my fiancé, and my dog.

The person I admire most is: J.J. Abrams. He's someone that I'm looking towards for inspiration because I write a lot and the transition he's made from actor to writer has been nothing short of spectacular. He gives hope to people like me who're angling for the hyphenate career.