By Judy Kurtz
It’s not the president calling, but Hollywood’s on the line for The Hill’s own Bob Cusack.
The paper’s managing editor landed a speaking role on HBO’s “Veep.” Filming of the episode, which will air next year, took place last week in Maryland.
Cusack is coy on details, but said he doesn't play himself or a journalist in the critically acclaimed show.
The satirical comedy series starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the sometimes bumbling, fictional vice president — who frequently asks her long-suffering staff if the president called (he hasn’t) — has a cult-like following, especially in Washington.
The show snared two Emmy awards on Sunday night. Louis-Dreyfus won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series while co-star Tony Hale was awarded Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
Cusack, who happens to double as ITK’s valiant editor, has long had acting in his blood.
Cusack's parents ran a theater company in Manhattan and he appeared in various plays growing up there.
The “Veep” part will undoubtedly have Cusack stretching his acting chops further than when he clinched his first big acting gig as a baby in a 1970s Pampers diapers commercial.
But diaper duty has its perks: the role got Cusack into the Screen Actors Guild, and he has since appeared in more than 30 TV shows, commercials and films, including as an extra in last year’s Golden Globe-winning “Game Change.”
Cusack said "Veep" was the highlight of his thespian career.
"The cast and crew are incredibly talented and very friendly," he said. "It was an amazing experience."
But Cusack apparently isn’t letting the big break go to his head. We hear he has no plans to wear sunglasses inside The Hill's office.
"I'm definitely keeping my day job," Cusack quipped.