Veep Star Reid Scott Uses Pinterest Like a Pro

But only knows his way around L.A. thanks to Google Maps


Who Reid Scott

Age 36

Accomplishments Stars as Dan Egan on HBO’s Veep (Sundays at 10:30 p.m.); voices Turbo in the Netflix animated series Turbo FAST

Base Los Angeles

What’s the first information you consume in the morning?

I head straight to my email and then after that, the Huffington Post. It’s such a guilty pleasure. I love me some Pat Kiernan in the morning. I turn on NY1 while I get ready and get the local news, weather and traffic before I leave.

Were you a political junkie before you started doing Veep?

I kind of was, yeah. My family has been mildly involved in politics, so I’ve always had an interest in it, but all the research we got to do for Veep and the access that we had to people on the Hill during our prep time before Season 1 was amazing. It really fueled that fire.

Were there any TV shows or media outlets you used for your research?

Obviously The West Wing was a big one. In terms of rags, I read a lot of Politico, a lot of The Hill. Beyond that, I’d just pick up bits here and there from places like Reddit and Twitter.

Tell me about your social media diet.

I’m fickle when it comes to social media. I was an early adopter of Facebook, but then I was also an early adopter of leaving Facebook. These days, Twitter’s pretty much it for me, and even so, it’s usually more for professional purposes.

Who do you follow on Twitter?

Michael Ian Black cracks my shit up. I can pretty much read anything that guy does. Tim Simons, one of my co-stars from Veep, is getting really good on Twitter. Also Mo Gaffney, the comedian. She’s incredibly funny.

You’re getting married in June. Have you been sucked into the Pinterest wedding vortex yet?

Oh yeah, my fiancée is way on top of that. I actually had no idea how to use Pinterest, or what Pinterest even was, until we got engaged, and now I’m a total pro. It’s actually great for the wedding—we’ve gotten so many great ideas.

What TV shows do you watch?

So many. Like The Americans. I think it’s one of the most underrated television shows ever. Game of Thrones is a big one for me. True Detective blew my mind. I can’t wait for Vikings to come back—I watched Season 1 in probably three days.

What’s your favorite app?

The one I probably use the most is Google Maps because I live in Los Angeles, and it’s super confusing out here. And Spotify, duh. I’ve discovered so much amazing music from that thing.

Any games?

I was a big fan of Angry Birds Star Wars edition because I’m a dork. And there was a game called Real Racing that I absolutely loved. I got so into that thing. I played it for months straight.

How do you wind down before bed?

My fiancée and I are huge Family Guy fans, so one of our favorite things to do is curl up in bed and watch an episode or two before we go to sleep.