LEFT TO RIGHT: Matt Walsh, Timothy Simons, Anna Chlumksy and Reid Scott on Veep
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Whether it’s snarky TV portrayals or moving film performances, Veep’s Reid Scott is up to the task.

As scheming Deputy Director of Communications Dan Egan on HBO’s Veep, returning this month for a third season, Reid Scott embraces his inner jerk — quite different from other roles he has played, like the troubled leading man of the romantic comedy Losing Control or the modest rock DJ on the TBS hit My Boys.

“When I first read the part, I thought, ‘This is the one for me,’ because he was just so Machiavellian and fun,” Scott says of Dan. “I just saw him as someone who’s very driven and reminded me of Ari Gold from Entourage, who is probably inherently a good guy but is willing to do horrible stuff in order to succeed.”
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Beyond Veep, Scott voices the lead for the Netflix series Turbo Fast, an adaptation of the hit animated flick Turbo, and will star in an indie film called Sister, tentatively scheduled for release this year, as an unemployed actor tending to his emotionally troubled ­adopted sister when their bipolar mother can’t care for her.

“It was a wonderful script, and the cast was just amazing,”­ Scott says. “The director and I both have some parents with mental illness, and both have adopted siblings. It was more consistent with his story, but as soon as I read it, it was like someone opened up my diary and took a couple chapters out. I needed to do this movie.”

But how to relax from intense acting gigs? Scott opts to play his guitar and surf. “You can spend all day in the water — miss this wave and that one and have a bad ride and fall off — but if you get one good wave, you will just be on top of the world.” Kind of like landing an ideal role.