×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Mitt Romney Helped ‘Veep’ Showrunner Convey Selina Meyer’s Presidential Loss

The band may have been broken up in Season 6 of HBO’s “Veep,” but the actors chatted and laughed as though nothing was different at the Saban Media Center in North Hollywood Thursday evening.

The FYC event took place on the heels of the news that the political satire had been renewed for a Season 7, and featured a screening of the seventh episode of the current season. Afterwards, People magazine editor-in-chief Jess Cagle hosted a panel of the ensemble cast, including Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Reid Scott, Matt Walsh, Kevin Dunn, Gary Cole, and Sam Richardson, and showrunner Dave Mandel.

Mandel took over writing for “Veep” after the end of Season 4, and is responsible for both the storyline of Season 5, which saw President Selina Meyer lose her presidency and the Season 6 plotline in which many of the main cast — no longer employed by Selina — have gone their separate ways.

Mandel said he decided to have Selina lose largely to keep the show funny. “Taking (the presidency) away would sort of throw her into a tizzy and give us another chance to shake everything up,” he explained. “And for everybody else, put them out of jobs and make them, in some cases, damaged goods because they lost the election.”

Louis-Dreyfus concurred. “Failure is our friend on this show,” she said. “(Selina) had to lose because winning is not that funny really.”

The panel discussed the different stories each character had in the new season, including Scott’s Dan Egan becoming a “CBS This Morning” anchor.

“The media has always been a character in the show, there’s always been reporter characters,” Mandel said. “And so the idea of having one of ours jumping to the other side was kind of interesting. Then the media would still be a character, and we’d have Dan giving us news updates.”

The relationship between Hale’s Gary Walsh and Selina Meyer, which Louis-Dreyfus termed “very f—ed up,” was also taken to new heights this season in the episode “Justice” when Selina ended up sleeping in Gary’s bed with him while he recovered from a massive heart attack.

Chlumsky said she enjoyed playing Amy-with-a-fiance this season. “I really love playing people that do things that they’re not even aware of. And Amy is a great opportunity to do that. She gave (finding a boyfriend) a shot, and really thought she was in love. I’ve been calling this the identity crisis season for everybody and she’s a part of that. She’s always been someone who likes to win, but she’s been having loss after loss, so she’s grasping for the familiarity.”

With the 2016 election still on the minds of many, Walsh, who plays press secretary Mike McClintock, said he thinks many are finding the show to be an escape from the real world of politics. “I think people want to laugh at politics now more than ever,” he said. “So that’s why there is a strong engagement and a fervor to watch ‘Veep’ because it’s been terribly depressing and disappointing in D.C.”

Mandel said they brought in Mitt Romney and members of George H.W. Bush’s administration to help the cast understand what it’s like to lose an election. According to him, Romney, who is both a millionaire and the patriarch of a large family, was able to find solace after losing the 2012 election in his money and family.

“And that made us really laugh, because we knew Selina had neither of those things,” Mandel explained.

Season 6 of “Veep” airs Sundays on HBO.

More Scene

  • Noah CentineoNickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, Show,

    Kids’ Choice Awards 2019: JoJo Siwa, Noah Centineo Take on Bullying

    This year’s Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards was full of positivity and encouragement to be yourself. DJ Khaled, known for his upbeat mantras, hosted the 32nd annual awards ceremony alongside JoJo Siwa at USC’s Galen center. Siwa accepted the award for favorite social music star. Siwa said in her acceptance speech, “I get hated on every [...]

  • Tina KnowlesSoul of Nation: Art in

    Jay-Z, Tina Knowles Celebrate New 'Soul of a Nation' Exhibit at Broad Museum

    “This show is so important. I mean, it’s our history — and it’s a very important part of our journey,” Tina Knowles Lawson said about Friday night’s opening of the exhibition “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963 – 1983” at the Broad Museum in DTLA. “I’m just so impressed [...]

  • Jordan Peele'Us' film premiere, Arrivals, New

    Jordan Peele Explains the Meaning Behind the 'Us' Michael Jackson Reference

    Jordan Peele’s horror movie “Us” is filled with pop culture references, from “Jaws” to “Goonies.” But the most divisive might be right in his opening sequence. Warning, minor spoilers ahead. The movie about a couple (played by Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke) and their children being hunted and brutalized by a mysterious family that looks just [...]

  • Danielle Brooks'Ain't Too Proud - The

    How 'Orange Is the New Black' Star Danielle Brooks Became a Broadway Producer

    Danielle Brooks earned a Tony nomination when she made her Broadway debut as Sofia in the 2015 revival of “The Color Purple,” but now the “Orange Is the New Black” star is working behind the scenes as a producer on the new jukebox musical “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations.” “I [...]

  • Nick Offerman Amy Poehler

    'Parks and Recreation' Cast Talks Possibility of a Revival at 10th Anniversary Reunion

    For one night, Hollywood felt a little like Pawnee. The cast of NBC’s hit comedy “Parks and Recreation” reunited at PaleyFest on Thursday in honor of the show’s 10th anniversary. The whole Pawnee gang showed up: Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari, Rob Lowe, Adam Scott, Rashida Jones, Retta, and Jim [...]

  • Andy CohenThe Shops and Restaurants at

    Andy Cohen to Receive Vito Russo Award at GLAAD Media Awards

    Mazel, Andy Cohen! Bravo’s late-night talk show host is set to receive the Vito Russo Award at the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards on May 4 in New York City. Sarah Jessica Parker will present him with the award, which is named in honor of GLAAD founder Vito Russo. The annual award goes to openly [...]

  • Variety TV Summit Europe

    Variety TV Summit Europe Coming to London on June 13

    Variety’s TV Summit Europe will coincide with London Tech Week this year, returning to the city on June 13. The international conference will be held at the Royal Lancaster and is co-produced by global events company Informa’s KNect365 division, the world’s largest business-to-business organizer. The one-day summit will focus on the intersection of content and [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content