As Tony Hale wraps up the third season of HBO’s “Veep” Sunday, June 8, he considers his character, Gary.
“Probably growing up, he didn’t have much of an identity,” Hale tells Zap2it. “He is in the shadows a lot, and getting the opportunity to work with Selina when he was younger, 15 years ago, he attached himself to her very strongly, and he doesn’t know himself outside of that and idolizes her.”
Gary will do anything for Selina, and doesn’t realize how abused he is.
“He doesn’t hear anything that comes out of her mouth,” Hale says. “He just loves her so much.”
That’s evidenced by The Bag, his bag of tricks that contains whatever the veep (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) needs.
“He has probably sewed his own pockets into it, and it is probably texture-coded so he can just hand her a pen or tissues,” Hale says. “He had a little bit of an identity crisis when she gave him a new bag, and that was traumatic because that bag is the only control he has in life.
“And it is pretty much Linus’ blanket, and when she gave him a new bag, what she intended as good was his nightmare,” Hale continues. “He has to have Costco versions of whatever is in that bag at the house. He is probably a hoarder for stuff in his bag at the house.”
Hale initially studied journalism at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., and when he graduated was unsure of what he wanted to do.
“There is so much pressure that senior year of college to figure out what you want,” Hale says. “I am 43, and I don’t have it figured out.”
He went to Virginia, then New York to study acting. Once onstage, Hale says, “I knew I loved it.”