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Drew Tarver is trying to be as funny as 'the other two'

On paper, Drew Tarver and his two other The characters share some commonalities—Tarver also grew up in a small town and moved to New York to pursue an acting career—but they have very different personalities, a comparison that made sense when viewers in Season 3 saw Cary descend into villain territory. appears to be particularly important. But, in a recent interview, one similarity stood out: They both enjoy watching others look at their work.

“There are so many jokes every minute, when I’m with friends and family, I have to say, ‘Wait, you guys are laughing at another joke. It just happened, and I hope you hear that,'” the actor laughed via Zoom on a recent gloomy day in Los Angeles. “I need help.”

Tarver, 30, has been doing improv in New York and Los Angeles for over a decade, but Max (formerly HBO Max) comedy about the often wayward – Sibling to super famous pop star Chase Dreams (Cary’s sister Brooke played by Helene Yorke), is his first big breakout project. Already a critical favorite in this film, for its ability to string together the Hollywood machine with such specificity and elegance.

As the third season draws to a close, Tarver’s Cary is at the peak of his career (he recently landed the first openly gay role in a Disney Voiced by a guy named Globby; his fantasy series Windweaver certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) but personally at a low point (after exploiting his role as Globby, he alienated queer community, and Globby isn’t even unapologetically gay as promised; he’s dumping friends in pursuit of fame; his relationships are falling apart). Here, Tarver talks to the Hollywood Reporter what he learned from Cary’s mistakes, his favorite moments on set, and the time we mistakenly reported him on starring role on How I Met Your Dad got the green light when it actually didn’t.

What’s it like to be back in the swing this season? Is it easy for you to enter the state now?

The first thing I filmed this season was a phone call, walking and talking, which seemed so easy. Maybe it’s true for most actors (laughs). But it’s hard for me to talk to someone who’s walking backwards with a script behind a camera four feet to your right. But, once I get back into the scene with everyone, it goes in pretty quickly. Unless I have a 4: 12 am pickup, I Back on that horse, baby.

In Succession, the actors will appear in the phone scene. Matthew Macfadyen famously had a conversation with Sarah Snook in the middle of the night in London…

(laugh.) I think I’m on my way out now for not showing up like the cast in Succession. But in most cases, when it’s someone’s call, that person is sleeping. I figured if there was a huge death scene, I’d stay on set and calm down in front of the camera with a fake phone to help my co-stars.

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Did this show completely change how you feel about comedy?

Chris and Sarah’s writing was fantastic and I wanted to make it as funny as possible. And this season, after playing someone who’s been a little bit sad for a few months, you do kind of go home and take a second to recalibrate and say, oh yeah, I’m not sure about my friend’s success not angry. I definitely know more pop culture references than anyone else.

As someone who came up through UCB, do you think this process will be helpful for Cary? Will his ego be more in control?

This season you’ll see how he deals with fame. I think he’s trying to keep up with how fast they’ve come into the spotlight, like how do I piece together my personality, what do I do if a lot of people are looking at me? For me, UCB gave me a place to fail before anyone looked for it, which really helped. Now that people are watching him, Cary doesn’t know how to make a mistake.

Is it easy or difficult for you to empathize with him during this time?

Cary is in his worst form this season, every step he takes is going the wrong way. The writers did a great job laying the groundwork for how he got there. His desperation kept increasing. I don’t agree with him here, but I can see how much he wants it and how tightly he holds things, trying to control them. He’s crossing those milestones like he’s always wanted to, but they’re not feeling the way he thought they would. I think we can all relate to this feeling on some level, I achieved my goal, now what? Do I take the time to let it sink in, do I notice where I was three years ago versus where I am now, do I tell myself good job? I think it’s interesting to play with the idea that your career is technically going well, but why are you in such pain right now.

Did you allow yourself to do what you just described? Did you ever think, oh my god, am I doing X or Y?

I’m trying. I’ve downloaded every meditation app and done it for four days without finishing. The last page on my phone is the 3.5 minute meditation app I’ve finished. I feel like I can hold on to gratitude, but can never hold on long enough. You get it for a few minutes and it’s like, oh, if only I could keep feeling this way for days.

For me, the best way to harness this feeling is to stand outside an old apartment – especially me The dilapidated NYU summer rental I rented for my first internship.

That should be an app. You meditate for a minute, and then a van picks you up and drives you to the apartment you used to live in. Then you go and sit in your old bedroom for 06 minute and you’re like, ok, I appreciate it.

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What’s the coolest thing you’ve done for this show?

WATCH LIVE Awesome. Being with Molly and Helene when they mention Bravo shows that I don’t know anything about it. Luckily, Molly knows all about the recent feud between, uh, Raquel and the others. It’s really cool to do a panel discussion where I’m sitting next to Molly Shannon. Like, wow, people come here to hear us talk about the things we do that they love. Or when people stop me on the street and tell me they likeThe Other Two. I have to stop myself from saying, “Do you want to hang out?” I want to say, “Wow, that’s nice of you, let’s relax for the next three hours.”

This reminds me of Cary cameoing and showing up at that guy’s party at Kettle of Fish…

God, that was devastating. It was a tough time. Now I can say, look, don’t do that.

It seems that certain moments in the show were mined based on your own experience, like the one where Cary had that hellish self-recorded episode an episode. Are Chris and Sarah chatting with you to get material, or are they just auto-typing?

Not necessarily based on us. The writers who work on the show are also performers, so they are familiar with Cary’s experience. A lot of times we’ll read a script and think, wow, you nailed it. That’s what I do, try to make a selfie tape, turn the lights up or whatever. I think since they’re from SNL they can do a good job of taking something grounded and real and elevating it – like putting me on a knight in a museum clothing. That’s it, right? a costume. Definitely not armor.

Given moments like COVID and the insurgency, how much do you think the current strike situation will make it into Season 4? The way of the other two universes?

Well, first of all anyway, have you heard of Season 4? Is there anything you know that I don’t know?

ha! I guess I’m speaking hypothetically. I know that Hollywood Reporter was the first outlet to get approval to cover How I Met Your Dad , so we made sure to put You burned to death…

That’s right! My life changed in seven to 12 minutes. But I do remember Chris and Sarah discussing their process of referencing the pandemic at the end of the season, and that’s because we had an episode at the end of season 2 about Night Nurse The big joke started with the shutdown of production for the day. So I think it gave us the idea that this show takes place in the same realm that we do. It’s a little behind our timeline, so I can see references to season four strikes. Or it could be five years ahead of our timeline and we’re joking about what the world will look like. Just get real sci-fi.

Have you ever met one at a show? I was thinking Beanie Feldstein in Night Nurse…

Correct. I haven’t met Beanie Feldstein yet, but apparently I’d love to, and that probably includes me walking up to her like we’re fake co-stars. I’m wondering if something like this has happened. We did do fake episodes of WWHL before we got into real life. It was a funny moment because he did us a huge favor many years ago by letting us come in and shoot after he finished an actual episode. He was like, what show is this?

You mentioned on WWHL that you were with Ken Marino during filming Living together, I would like you to elaborate.

We both live in Los Angeles and it started when we were finishing season two. Usually he’d be flying around all the time because his family was here, but at that point we had to quarantine a bit, so we decided to find a place together. We were very close in the first season. It’s crazy to have someone I’ve admired for so long and love his work, and then all of a sudden I’m like, “Should we be buying this cereal? What’s your favorite cereal, comedy icon? What are we having for later?”

They haven’t given me a filter for the finale yet, so I’ll use my review of Succession Strategies in Interviews with Actors – What did I wish I had asked you when I saw this episode?

I guess, does Cary finally understand what he’s up to? Retribution – is that the right word? Brooke was kind of called out, and you’ve seen part of that after episode seven. Cary was called out by Curtis, but it didn’t feel like he had learned anything from that moment on. The lesson was there, he didn’t listen. I think at the end of the season you’ll see him, with this train he’s on, finally coming in.

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