“Girls” has been a wonderful vehicle for Peter Scolari, who plays Hannah Horvath’s compassionate dad, Tad.
For starters, “Girls” brought Scolari his first Emmy after four career nominations, scoring the trophy for guest actor last September. Tad’s emotional journey of coming out as gay, starting in the fourth season, helped the veteran actor with the character.
“This guy had carried tremendous angst and grief for the life he’d never led. He was saying ‘I’m not going to live a lie,’ but things did not go his way,” Scolari told Variety in September. “The writers really got at me in that fourth season. They forced my hand. I had to relax to do the work, to play somebody in such a challenged, ‘non-winning’ state, and that continued in the fifth season. He didn’t have a winning moment until the end of season 5. With ‘Girls,’ I have been able to plug into almost everything I’ve felt that’s personal and sensitive.”