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.
[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.
At least it wasn't "bumptious."
Exactly. That's the saving grace.
We also meet Cliff, aka, a Boy Named Sue, in this episode. What's Sue's take on him?
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.
Can you share some of what's in the Veeplopedia?
Well, I will say that there are detailed notes about Jonah.
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?
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.
Is there anything about Sue's character that you relate to?
She's got great fashion sense. I would love to raid that girl's closet.
Does that help you get into character, putting on Sue's wardrobe?
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.
What was it like auditioning for the role?
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.
It must be great to get out your "inner Sue" - that's got to feel very liberating.
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.
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.