BUZZWORTHY: SUFE BRADSHAW

Sufe Bradshaw is living the stuff of dreams. Raised in Chicago’s inner city, Bradshaw made her way West, honing her craft at Los Angeles City Theatre Academy and at the Lee Strasberg Acting Studios. But it is her role as Sue Wilson, the straight-talking Executive Assistant to the Vice President (Julia Louis Dreyfuss) on HBO’s 2-time Emmy-winning comedy series, Veep, that has propelled Bradshaw into the major leagues. We settled in with the leggy star to talk fashion, her craft and the role of a lifetime.

THE BRADSHAW FILES…

HOMEGROWN OR FOREIGN MEN: Depends on the guy.

BEST CHILDHOOD MEMORY: Collecting lightning bugs in jars at sunset and using them for light in our tent.

DESIGNER CRUSH: David Meister

CLOSET MUSTS: Classic black cocktail dress, knee length pencil skirt , and high heels with an ankle strap.

LAST GREAT FASHION FIND: I found a great pair of Michael Kors shoes and Nordstroms.

#1 BEAUTY SECRET: Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize…

GUILTIEST PLEASURE: Eating red vines in the movies, I could eat boxes of them!

THE GREAT ESCAPE: I love Disney World with the family and sneaking away to South Beach for a little fun.

BEST ON-SET SHENANIGANS ON ‘VEEP’: We have such a zany, fast-paced show with comedy left and right, so there aren’t that many shenanigans left to be had. We’re all constantly laughing.

BEST POPCORN FLICK: Sleepless in Seattle

DREAM DINNER GUEST: Oprah Winfrey

THE INFLUENCER: Mom

WORDS TO LIVE BY: Keep calm and carry on.

SUFE BRADSHAW

HYDROGEN MAGAZINE: You had a tough start in Chicago’s inner city. Tell me about the early years.

SUFE BRADSHAW: It was tough. [Being] born on the west side of Chicago was no walk in the park during that time, but my family kept a strong small town mentality.

HM: You are one of nine kids. I’m guessing there was never a dull moment in the Bradshaw household! Tell me about growing up in a large family. Tell me about growing up in a large family.

SB: It was fantastic, I had my own built-in support group. What a great group they are.

HM: When did acting come into the picture?

SB: Around the age of 9 or 10. I was always really creative. I loved going to the movies and plays, and my mom encouraged me to go into acting.

HM: First real break in the industry…

SB: In 2009, I got my first co-starring role on Cold Case. I didn’t have any credits at the time but the casting director, Michael Testa gave me a shot and I had such a great time shooting it.

HM: Let’s talk about Veep. It was created by Armando Iannucci and inspired by his BBC political satire, The Thick of It and the film In the Loop. Had you seen either project prior to reading for Veep?

SB: As soon as I found out that I had the audition, I did the research and watched In The Loop and absolutely loved it.

HM: How did the role of Sue Wilson come to you?

SB: Pretty standard process. I got a call from my agent saying that I had an audition for the part and I read with Allison Jones the casting director.

HM: Sue is the no-nonsense, take-no-prisoners Executive Assistant to the Vice President Selina Meyer, played brilliantly by Julia Louie Dreyfuss. How much flat-out fun is it to play a character like her?

SB: She’s a blast to play! I have so much fun being able to play such a straight-laced, acerbic character.

HM: What’s been your approach to playing Sue?

SB: I keep it simple with Sue and every part I play. I do the research on what their job is, and get into the character from there.

HM: Veep plays out at a breakneck pace. It’s rapid fire from the first frame. Was that a challenge at first?

SB: Not really. We have such a great group of people and we have such an extensive rehearsal process and everyone is really supportive of one another, so it becomes second nature.

HM: You work with an incredible cast including Julia Louis Dreyfuss. Best thing about working with her…

SB: She’s such an affable person. She’s one of the funniest people I think I’ve ever met. We can be having lunch on set or in hair and makeup and you just keep laughing!

HM: What has the ride been like, being part of an Emmy-winning show that has been so well received by critics and audiences alike?

SB: I’m super grateful. It’s the stuff dreams are made of, getting to go to work with such a great group of people and play around. I’m having so much fun.

HM: I have it on good authority that you are a yoga enthusiast. Best pose if you had to choose one…

SB: There are so many great poses. One of my favorites is the ‘crow pose’. It’s such a challenging pose but once it’s achieved, it’s like you’re flying!

HM: What would we be surprised to know about you?

SB: Before I was an actor, I wanted to be a lawyer.

HM: What do your family make of your success? What do you make of it all?

SB: It’s been great. What a journey…they’ve been with me since the beginning. They say it’s really surreal to see all of the schooling and all of the time I dedicated come to fruition and I agree with them. What a great job to have, it’s fantastic to be working in my field.

HM: What’s the long game?
SB: I love acting. I would love to continue to do good work, put out great stories and inspire as many people as possible.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY RUSSELL BAER

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