Checking in with Sean Hayes
by Jay Bobbin
While Sean Hayes continues to make merry in front of the cameras, he's staying hugely busy behind them, too.
The Emmy winner for his "Will & Grace" portrayal of Jack now appears as Kip Finkle, the new BFF of family matriarch Carol (Margo Martindale), on CBS' Monday sitcom "The Millers." When he's not focused on that show, he's handling several others as an executive producer: NBC's "Grimm" and returning-next-year "Hollywood Game Night," and TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland" and "The Soul Man." "I very much enjoy working," the friendly Hayes confirms, noting that James Burrows -- the legendary comedy director who guided "Will & Grace" and now steers "The Millers" -- has much to do with Hayes' current acting job.
"Jimmy called and said, ‘Honey, ya wanna work?' I said, ‘I'm already working. What've you got?' Then I got a call from (‘Millers' creator and executive producer) Greg Garcia, the loveliest, sweetest guy ... and super-talented. Anything we're having trouble with, he goes up and fixes it and brings it back brilliant." After starring in last season's short-lived "Sean Saves the World" on NBC, Hayes is happy to be part of an ensemble that also includes Will Arnett, "who's been a friend of mine for years and years. And Beau Bridges played my dad on ‘Will & Grace.' It just sounded like a fun place to be."
In doing "The Millers," Hayes credits Todd Milliner -- his partner in their Hazy Mills production company -- with taking care of many of the details on the shows they make. "I feel very fortunate to work really hard in a certain capacity, then go have fun with what I love to do by acting, and not have to worry about anything else other than memorizing my lines. I'm very blessed."
Birth date: June 26, 1970
Birthplace: Glen Ellyn, Ill.
Current residence: Los Angeles
Marital status: Single
Other Television Credits Include: "Will & Grace," "Sean Saves the World," "Smash," "Up All Night," "Parks and Recreation," "Portlandia," "Hot in Cleveland," "30 Rock," "Martin and Lewis," "Scrubs," "Silk Stalkings"
Movie Credits Include: "Monsters University" (voice only), "Hit and Run," "The Three Stooges," "Soul Men," "Igor" (voice only), "The Bucket List," "Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!," "Pieces of April," "Cats & Dogs" (voice only)