The 2015 Emmys was a big night for HBO’s “Veep,” which took home four trophies during the Sept. 20 show. Among those winners was Tony Hale, who brought home his second Emmy for Best Supporting Actor.
For those unfamiliar with Hale’s character on the political satire about the vice presidency of the United States, he plays the bag man, Gary, of Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). He’s obsessed with his boss and, as the actor previously told Entertainment Weekly, he’d do anything for her and is “a little too dedicated.”
Hale’s acceptance speech at the Emmys was touching and heartfelt, but he wasn’t done talking about the show once he left the stage. Speaking to the press just after receiving his Emmy award, the 44-year-old actor discussed what’s ahead in Season 5 of “Veep” and whether or not the real-life presidential election will have an impact on the fake one going on in the show.
“It’s funny because I don’t feel like the writers are very swayed by that,” he told reporters. “In the past experiences it’s been that they’ve written something and then it’s actually happened in the press. So I’m worried about what they’re going to write and then it actually happening. That’s what I’m more worried about, because the show is satire, but sometimes satire turns to life.”
Those that watched Hale receive his award at the 2015 show may have noticed a brief shout out in his acceptance speech to “Arrested Development” creator Mitch Hurwitz, who Hale credits with giving him big break in Hollywood as Buster Bluth on the hit comedy. When asked by reporters what it was like to see so many of his former co-stars in attendance at the Emmys, the actor took a special moment to congratulate his fellow “Arrested” co-star Jeffrey Tambor, who took home the Emmy for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy for “Transparent.”
“It feels pretty full circle with Jeffrey winning. I’ll say this, I was really excited because Mitch Hurwitz, I was able to say in my speech a ‘thank you’ to him because he gave me my first job with ‘Arrested Development,’ and to be able to say that was really special to me,” he said. “I was really excited about that. And I love Jeffrey Tambor, he’s like my TV dad.”
Hale will return in “Veep” Season 5, which has yet to reveal a premiere date but is expected to drop sometime in 2016. In the meantime, you can check out Hale’s charming acceptance speech in the video below: