In other words, she was ready to unload. What is up with her? Do you ever get frustrated with Sarah? I get frustrated a little bit with how much sex Sarah has. Why does she have to be so nutty all the time? What was it like shooting those sex scenes with Rob Huebel and Alia Shawkat? Not that there usually is, but a lot of it is more vibe and movement.
But you get a little zonked. I think she might be a love addict. I think she thrives on chaos. I mean, I know I do — not to any extent that she does, but it helps me accept parts of myself. Do you believe that polyamory can work? I am just jealous. I tried something one night.
Oh my God, why am I admitting to this? Once a long time ago. We will not be doing anything that I do at work. I think Sarah has a lot more self-esteem than I do, in that regard. Yeah, I have some friends who are into it. More power to them. It would be very difficult for me to play without feeling insecure about it. But then Sarah does have a moment where she gets worried. Yeah, she does, which is probably inspired by my own insanity that the writers picked up on.
I find rage to be the scariest emotion as an actor, for me personally, to tap into. I like everybody to be nice and things to be easy. To bring up that part of Sarah, like when she was really abusing Pony last year, when she was yelling at her kids, that was wrenching and hard for me. This was like hanging out with two of the funniest people, the coolest people, the kindest people, and then seeing my family on this trip of ours.
It was actually a really lovely, pleasant season. Except for the sex scenes! This was the most taxing thing of the year. I got diverticulitis, which is a colon thing that I now know I have and will have forever, and I got deathly ill. I was in the hospital, and it means that you have to go on a liquid diet, and you get really sick.
My parents talk about poop all the time. Okay, so you literally could poop in your pants at any moment. Wait, so what is it exactly? Trust me, every grandparent you have has diverticulitis. There are young people who have it, too. Just another sign of aging. How has doing the show changed the way you think about yourself, sex, relationships, and gender?
I mean, I joked that the first season, I thought maybe it would make me open to some stuff because I was meeting people and learning about different things. But gender has been an interesting exploration.
Has it impacted how you think about yourself? How do you go into those different veins of gender and sexuality as an actor? You know, one thing I think that is true of me, I really love all kinds of people. It inspires them or it means something to them. Do you and Bradley Whitford stretch each other? Just keep that in your head. Were you a fan of The West Wing? I will say this: And then I got back into it and I did finish it, but it was hard. This interview has been edited and condensed.