5 Insights With Sean Hayes of NBC’s New Show “Sean Saves the World”
5 Playing a New Character
“It’s a 180 from Jack McFarland from “Will & Grace” and that Jack was irresponsible, flighty, flakey, promiscuous, all those things that this character isn’t. This character is responsible, grounded, has a job, goal-oriented—all those things. And it’s fun to be the one to put out the fires, and be the character with the voice of reason.”
4 From “Will & Grace” to Hazy Mills Productions
“When I got “Will & Grace” I was just happy to get a pilot, but now that we live in 2013-2014, in this business and the business has changed so much, and Tom Hanks told me a long time ago, the business is always changing, you must change with it. And because that stuck in my head, it’s better to control your own destiny, than to let it be controlled, so why not do as much work as you can, to reach that point where you can guide your own career.
3 Double Duty: Actor and Producer
“Yes, my company produces all of that, I can’t be everywhere, I’m not Santa Claus—but I’d like to be. For this show in particular, I’m involved in different levels for different shows, this one obviously, I’m most involved and invested in since I’m on it. But I definitely pulled back. I think the smartest thing you can do is let people do their jobs that you’ve hired [them] to do. Victor Fresco is an incredible writer and has an incredible vision for the creative part of the show. You had to let them do their job and take a step back. On other shows that maybe has new people come on board, you might have to guide them and help them as much as you can. It might be right or wrong, but it’s fun working with people on all different levels. “
2 Sean Saves the World
“Like everything in life there is supposed to be balance. “Sean Saves the World” is obviously a metaphor for balancing his home life and his work life, and that’s his world. And he does this with the help of Liz (Megan Hilty), his best friend who is kinda trying to be a mother-figure to Elli (Samantha Isler) my daughter and then Max, my boss, played by Tom Lennon, is always kind of there to screw with things and everybody’s head and he finds such joy in doing that. Hunter (Echo Kellum) always seems to get pulled in different directions he is there to help whenever and as best he can but doesn’t end up quite doing either.”
1 Coming Back to TV
“Some of my favorite guest spots were on “30 Rock” and “Portlandia” and hanging out with those kinds of funny people really got me thinking “when is the right time?” Like anything, this show can be a huge success or a huge failure and if it’s a huge failure people will forget in five minutes and if it’s a huge success, we all win. That was the plan. But I don’t know what long enough is, specifically, but you just do what feels right in your gut and the rest isn’t up to you.