“I continue to lead an incredibly blessed life.” Sean Hayes Returns to Primetime with The Millers

October 9, 2014

Sean Hayes became a television mainstay during his amazing eight-year run on the classic sitcom Will & Grace. Sean returns to the small screen this fall for the second season of The Millers, premiering Monday, October 20 at 8:30/7:30c on CBS. Sean spoke to DIRECTV about his costars, social media, and the one Will & Grace line that nobody will ever forget.

This cast is amazing! What is it like working with these great comedic actors every day?

It’s a dream cast. Will Arnett is a very close friend of mine (one of the most brilliant comic actors out there) as is Jimmy Burrows, who directed me in every episode of Will & Grace. Beau Bridges, who played my dad on Will & Grace, makes me laugh at least once a day. I think every actor in town wants to work with the incredible Margo Martindale and now I’m playing her friend every week on the show. I’m a huge fan of Nelson, Jayma, JB, and now Lulu—all of whom have become fast friends of mine. Most of the crew is from Will & Grace or other things I’ve worked on. Top it all off with the amazing Greg Garcia and bam! It’s the easiest “yes” I’ve ever agreed to. We laugh every single day and as I pull up to the stage every day, I’m giddy with anticipation of getting to see everyone. I feel very blessed to be asked to join this special group of people.

Tell us about character Kip Finkle who is new to The Millers.

I play fast BFFs with Carol Miller (Margo Martindale) and a source of friction for Nathan (Will Arnett) in that I become a human wedge between the two. We end up both vying for Carol’s attention.

Who is your favorite person to follow on Twitter?

Anyone who has anything interesting or witty to say.

What’s the line that you get quoted most on the street from Will & Grace?

I’ll give you one guess. That’s right, it’s “just Jack.” I suppose it’s better than not getting quoted at all. That or they reference the coffee episode when I’m jazzed on caffeine and speak in one super fast monologue.

You have guest starred on so many wonderful shows such as 30 Rock, Portlandia, and Hot In Cleveland. Any special memories?

Oh gosh. The only reason I do any guest stars is because I’m huge fans of the people involved with the show. 30 Rock was easy because we can all agree Tina [Fey] is wildly talented. I’m a huge fan of hers. Likewise, I’m a huge fan of Fred Armisen. I think he actually may be a genius. Or a genie. I get the two mixed up a lot. But he’s one of the funniest people on the planet and I love him and his talent very much. Also, Carrie Brownstein is pretty awesome—one of the best improvisers I’ve ever worked with. And of course, the show my company produces, Hot In Cleveland. Who wouldn’t want to be associated with Betty White or any of our girls—Valerie, Wendie or Jane? They’re all so wonderfully talented.  I continue to lead an incredibly blessed life to have worked with so many amazing people.

The Millers returns Monday, October 20 at 8:30/7:30c on CBS.

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