On the Fox/Netflix sitcom “Arrested Development,” Tony Hale plays Buster Bluth, the poorly adjusted mama’s boy to Jessica Walter’s caustic matriarch. On HBO’s “Veep,” he’s Gary Walsh, the groveling assistant to the vice president. Saturday, this Emmy recipient appears at N.C. State’s Hunt Library to support his new children’s book, “Archibald’s Next Big Thing,” and to discuss his career. Yet this isn’t just another appearance for Hale – his sister Kim Andreaus is a lecturer with N.C. State’s Master of Social Work program.
“I love, love, love my sister – she’s an amazing woman,” Hale said. “She wanted to organize this thing, and a portion of the funds are going to the Department of Social Work.”
While Hale’s proud of his sister’s career, his own is going well – a new season of “Veep” is coming up, and upcoming films include the 2015 comedy “Yoga Hosers,” which also stars Johnny Depp.
Hale’s personal philosophy, though, and message at the core of his book, is enjoying the moment – something he admits can be tough in the entertainment industry. We caught up with Hale to talk about writing, acting and living in the now.
When I’ve talked to students or any group like that, I’ve always encouraged them not to look at the next big thing but to focus on all the little things around them. And that whole discipline of mindfulness and contentment, it was something I loved talking about. So when the idea of the children’s book came up, it just kind of happened.
My daughter’s probably a little too sick of me talking about that (laughs). Honestly, I probably wrote the book about it and talk about it a lot, but I’m not really great at it. I have to remind myself on a daily basis. I think of it as the discipline of contentment. It’s a discipline I’m trying to get better at.
Most people go on job interviews for two or three months and then they have a job for two or three years. I’m in a business where you’re on a job interview for two or three years, and you’re lucky if you get a job for two or three months. Your job is a job interview. Your job is putting yourself out there, and with that comes a lot of rejection.
Gary and Buster haven’t had many of those moments. Buster had a couple. He had one where he went on this cussing rant toward his mother, which they beeped out, which was fun. But Gary hasn’t really had any of those.