CultureFriday 03.18.22

How Adam Scott Brought His Own Grief Into ‘Severance’

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John Heilemann talks with actor Adam Scott about his latest role in the new Apple TV+ series, Severance, a sci-fi drama that takes the concept of work-life balance to the extreme. Scott discusses how the backdrop of the Trump presidency and the weirdness of filming at the peak of Covid-19 contributed to the dystopian nature of the show, as well as the ways in which he managed to channel his own grief and sense of loss into the role. The comedy veteran, best known for his roles in beloved sitcoms like Parks and Recreation and The Good Place, unpacks why he was eager to take part in the psychological drama and why he feels as though he’s spent the last two decades earning “a chance to get a role like this in a show like this.” Tune in to the full episode for more on Scott’s career – his decade-plus as a struggling actor, his breakout role in Step Brothers, and his penchant for playing wanton assholes to hilarious effect – and Scott’s highly anticipated return as Henry Pollard in the forthcoming reboot of the cult comedy classic STARZ series Party Down.

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