As Richard Splett on HBO’s Veep, Sam Richardson’s job is to make us laugh. As host of the new short film HumanKinda, Sam is making us think about our busy schedules. Produced by JetBlue, the movie asks us if perhaps it’s a good idea to do a little bit less. LA Fan Cultures Examiner posed that question to Sam in our recent e-mail interview, while also asking him about the most recent season of Veep.
“Bianca Giaever approached me with the opportunity for JetBlue – they were familiar with me from Veep – so we got to talking about what the project was and I really loved the subject matter,” explained Sam, who had a bit of an adjustment period having the spotlight on himself in a project instead of bringing to life a fictional persona.
“It’s interesting because it’s sort of strange to have to be yourself rather than being a character,” he laughed. “I kept wanting to be in character when I was interviewing people on the streets of New York. It was much harder to be turned down for questioning as Sam Richardson than it would have been for Richard Splett!”
But that’s the little joy of HumanKinda: you get to know Sam a little bit better as a result, whether it’s seeing that he really is as funny and charming as he appears on his hit show, or some of the other activities he gets up to. “I’m really good at exercising, and you get to see some of that in the movie,” he told us. “I do some aerobics and trampoline work. I’m also really good at riding those hoverboards now!”
He spends most of the movie discussing the hectic schedules of modern Americans everywhere – so did working on the project make him take a step back and re-evaluate his own packed calendar? “It did! It really did,” Sam admitted. “I am a pretty extremely busy person, and talking with people about being busy and even being busy making a movie about being busy really caused me to hold a mirror up to myself.”
This most recent season of Veep was Sam’s first as a series regular, so we asked him to dish on what it was like to join the main cast this time around. “It was incredible. I loved all of it,” he enthused. “When we filmed last season in Baltimore, it was like being at sleep away camp with the funniest people in the world! I really loved my storyline with Jonah [Ryan, played by Timothy Simons. It was funny to get to play off of him.”
Plus, he got to work opposite Hugh Laurie, who had a key guest star role as Sen. Tom James, Selina Meyer’s new running mate. “I filmed a bunch of scenes with him and he was so amazing and so funny,” Sam told us. “It was crazy to go out to dinner and go to the movies with Dr. House. Just be pals, ya know?”
Who’s the next person he’d like to see turn up on his show? “I would love if the Pope would drop by,” he said. “It’d be fun to have him in there.” Time to put a call in to the Vatican.
For more on HumanKinda, check out the film’s trailer.