Sue Wilson

played by Sufe Bradshaw

Executive Assistant to the Vice President

Bio

"The Vice President may forget but I hold a grudge."

Sue coordinates the Vice President's diary, scheduling all her meetings and visits. She also acts as the Vice President's "gatekeeper." As she puts it: "The Vice President is the second most important person in the world. I arrange for you to see her. So, in my eyes, that makes me the third most important person in the world. So you better be nice to me. Or you won't get to see her. And if you do get to see her, you better be nice to her. Or you won't get to see her again. The Vice President may forget but I hold a grudge. And my grudges are nasty." Her straight-talking, no-nonsense approach has won her many admirers.

Sufe Bradshaw

Chicago native Sufe Bradshaw was born into a family of nine siblings, learning early on the value of hard work and dedication from her Sicilian dad and her mother of Ghanain roots. She began her acting odyssey at the Los Angeles City Theatre Academy, where she earned a degree in Theatre. Soon after her intensive study at The Academy, she went on to train with Ben Guillory at The Robey Theatre, as well as Lee Strasberg's prestigious Actor's Studio, moderated by Martin Landau. Bradshaw continued to refine her craft with The Meisner Technique, along with intensive sessions in cold reading with Jimmy DiStefano, Allan Miller's rehearsal workshop, and Wallace Audition Techniques.

Bradshaw has been featured in stage productions around Los Angeles including The Nat Turner Rebellion, A Raisin in the Sun, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, The Glass Menagerie, Hamlet, Summer and Smoke, and Burn This. Bradshaw's first network television appearance was on the CBS drama Cold Case, and made appearances on Carlos Mencia's sketch comedy series Mind of Mencia (Comedy Central), and MTV's The Hard Times of RJ Burger. 

Soon after, she booked her first feature film in the 2006 independent drama "Speechless," followed by the 2007 television movie "Mr. Jackson's Neighborhood." She also appeared in Paramount Pictures J.J. Abram's blockbuster "Star Trek," as well as the Wayans Brothers "Dance Flick."  

Those exciting roles led to a string of projects, including a role in the Hallmark movie "Fixing Pete." The spirited actress' career soon turned the corner and she began booking roles on a variety of popular television shows, including: ER (NBC), Bones (FOX), Prison Break, FlashForward (ABC), and Trust Me (TNT).

Bradshaw is also in development on a documentary titled "New Leaves" about troubled youth and the choices they make to either do the right thing or not.

Interview with Sufe Bradshaw

HBO

It's interesting to see Sue - normally cool, calm, and collected - fold under pressure for just a moment in this episode. She uses Selina's "robust" four times.

Sufe Bradshaw

[laughs] I think that is the best part of the episode. It wasn't that she used that word on purpose; just that it was the only one that came to mind.

HBO

At least it wasn't "bumptious."

Sufe Bradshaw

Exactly. That's the saving grace.

HBO

We also meet Cliff, aka, a Boy Named Sue, in this episode. What's Sue's take on him?

Sufe Bradshaw

Poor Cliff. The joke with him is that he's in Washington and he's this older looking guy, while Washington's full of 22-year-olds, so we all thought he was a Senator.

I don't think Sue believes anybody can do her job as well as she does it, and she doesn't have time to explain it to him, so she just gives him the Veeplopedia.

HBO

Can you share some of what's in the Veeplopedia?

Sufe Bradshaw

Well, I will say that there are detailed notes about Jonah.

HBO

We know Mike has a fake dog, and Jonah's a metal head after hours - what do you think Sue does in her down time?

Sufe Bradshaw

I think she goes to the spa and she loves the symphony. She's a pretty basic East coast girl, born in New York, so she loves the theater, too. I think the comedy of the situation is that she plans every single moment of her personal life as she does her professional life. So it's all on the clock, by the books. She's efficient.

HBO

Is there anything about Sue's character that you relate to?

Sufe Bradshaw

She's got great fashion sense. I would love to raid that girl's closet.

HBO

Does that help you get into character, putting on Sue's wardrobe?

Sufe Bradshaw

That is exactly what helps me get into character. I'd like to think I'm slightly more affable in real life [laughs], but once I put on that bun and I've got those clothes on and I'm all buttoned up with my little laminate, the character just comes.

HBO

What was it like auditioning for the role?

Sufe Bradshaw

When I first read Sue, it jumped off the page. I loved her witty one-liners. I loved that she's sort of the straight man, laughing at the office. While they're in a frenzy about some bill that got passed that day or how they're going to get out of some mess that they got into, Sue's there just shaking her head. I felt like once I got the job I made her more of a team player with them. Everyone's got their role to play and Sue is the efficient timekeeper. She's like a junkyard dog for that office. You're not getting by that girl without adequate cause.

I was also really attracted to the comedy of Washington, because as we know, politics is such a daunting issue right now, and it's largely responsible for a lot of segregation that's happening between different parties. I think Veep is so great because we're winking at it. That's what I was really attracted to - that we could laugh at this thing and maybe even through the laughter we'll find some commonalities.

HBO

It must be great to get out your "inner Sue" - that's got to feel very liberating.

Sufe Bradshaw

The truth is, I really tried to make Sue somebody who wasn't a deliberately mean person, but someone that just doesn't have a lot of time. I patterned her after someone like a DMV worker or a bureaucrat - they're not trying to be mean, they just don't have time.

Think Fast : Sufe Bradshaw

If I were President, my pet cause would be: Obesity

What's in my Leviathan: Hand wipes. A girl likes her body spray - vanilla scented. An iPod. And a Danielle Steele book.

_________ was the worst job I ever had: Man, I've had so many...I was a telemarketer for exactly one week in 2005. I could not take "no" one more time. I could not take the rejection.

My first job was: As a hired hand at Universal Studios. They do these things where they hire a bunch of people - it was to be like a cook, but not a real cook [laughs]. It's like somebody who's in charge of the carrots. You just cut carrots all day, and that's your job.

My first taste of fame was: The junior high play. Not even getting the lead, but just a couple lines. I got the taste of it and never turned back.

My real-life Veeplopedia entry would say: Wild Card. That came from Matt Walsh - he calls me Wild Card.