‘There’s a reason for everything – even the goats’: Adam Scott on the eerie genius of Severance

‘There’s a reason for everything – even the goats’: Adam Scott on the eerie genius of Severance

‘I was either eating and sleeping alone or I was working under the fluorescent lights at Lumon’ … Adam Scott.
‘I was either eating and sleeping alone or I was working under the fluorescent lights at Lumon’ … Adam Scott. Photograph: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

With Mark, the micro-chipped office drone, the star has said put ‘befuddled beta males’ behind him. He reveals why shooting during Covid fed the show’s strangeness – but still can’t explain the goats

If you’re looking for an everyman, Adam Scott’s the brand leader – although you may have to look hard. He tends to blend with the scenery. At the age of 49, he’s been an actor for decades, serving as a wired, anxious mainstay on shows such as Parks and Recreation and Big Little Lies. But he likes to recall how he made his first screen appearance as an extra in the video for the REM song Drive, then spent the next 25 years trying to locate his face in the crowd. The man’s a hidden treasure; sometimes even hidden from himself.

“I started out doing background work in the early 90s,” he says, as if this explains everything. “After that, I got little two-line jobs on ER, Boy Meets World, stuff like that. But I still have the brain of the person I was. I’m still carrying the same self-doubt, the same sense of rabid insecurity.”

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