Reid Scott on His Villainous ‘Veep’ Role and Baltimore’s Foodie Paradise

“I’ve grown to love acting so much,” says Reid Scott, “because I get to flex completely different creative muscles in front of the camera than I do behind it.” Scott, who is best known for his role as Dr. Todd Mauer opposite Laura Linney on Showtime’s cancer comedy, The Big C, initially had dreams of life in the director’s chair. But the film school graduate will have to put those plans on hold after hitting the actor’s jackpot with a part on HBO’s new workplace comedy, Veep. In the sharp, fast-talking show, adapted by acclaimed British satirist Armando Iannucci from his own BBC series, Julia Louis-Dreyfus portrays the American Vice President as a frustrated and marginalized second-in-Commander in Chief. Scott is the smarmy Dan Egan, a “snake in the grass” who sells out his senator boss for a chance to join the VP’s staff. “Who doesn’t like to play a bad guy?” Scott asks. “You get to exorcise all of your own demons.”

Unlike a perfectly contained Aaron Sorkin script, Veep has a more naturalistic style. “It isn’t glossy like The West Wing; even though that’s fine acting and fine writing, it doesn’t seem real. I’m pretty sure things don’t happen that way.” During shooting, the cast, which includes Anna Chlumsky and Tony Hale, was sequestered in Baltimore, “marinating” in their characters but still finding time to enjoy the city’s nocturnal comforts. “I had this preconceived notion that Baltimore was not going to have good food, and was completely surprised because every place we went had terrific food,” says Scott. “We always ended up at Salt, a little place with great beers. We’re all beer drinkers, and the food was awesome.

Photo by Damian Sandone

Morning Links: Lada Gaga Bares All, Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ Jacket Up For Auction

● Lady Gaga wore almost nothing to pick up her CFDA Fashion Icon award last night, and she wore even less when she went out to celebrate after. Said Anna Wintour, “How lovely.” [DailyMail] ● Although they are not yet dating, Jessica Biel and Gerard Butler look great together on the back of a motorcycle. [People] ● Salt 2 is a thing, and once again, Angelina will be a part of it. Director Phillip Noyce, however, will not. Presumably, someone, somewhere, is excited. [The Deadline]

● Michael Jackson’s iconic red-leather “Thriller” jacket is up for auction and is expected to go for at least $200,000. [AP] ● Love Affair, which was supposed to be out today, got knocked back to earlier this year. Then, The-Dream announced yesterday that The Love, IV (Diary of a Mad Man) should be out by his birthday, September 20, easing just slightly the pain of another new day without new Dream. [Complex] ● One The Human Centipede was enough for England, and so they have essentially banned the sequel from their shores, believing that it “poses a real, as opposed to a fanciful, risk that harm is likely to be caused to potential viewers.” [Guardian]

BlackBook Tasting Menu: Amalia, New York

imageAmalia, brainchild of Greg Brier (also of Aspen Social), Vikram Chatwal (also of Dream Hotel and Night Hotel), Chef Adam Ross (of Salts) and BlackBook’s own Steve Lewis (also of Aspen Social and Webster Hall) announced a new menu this week. We tried it. We liked it. We think you would like it, so we created a special BlackBook prix-fixe menu at a special price for BlackBook readers. From now through November, drop our name at the door, and you can sample the BlackBook-tasted and -approved off-menu menu. Five courses, all-inclusive for $35; read on for details and pics of the spread.

image 1. Tuna Tartare

image 2. Corn and Tarragon Fritters with Maple-Ancho Syrup

image 3. Lamb Meatballs with Cinnamon Yogurt, Tomato-Cumin Sauce, and Mint

image 4. Sautéed and Crispy Calamari with White Beans, Chorizo, Piquillo Peppers, and Garlic Toast

image 5. Greek Cheesecake– Feta Cheese Cake, Blueberry Port Sauce, and Black Olive Gelato