Reid Scott, star of HBO’s VEEP, recently met with real life Vice President Joe Biden — who asked him to talk to him as if he was Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ vice president character on the hit sitcom, curse words and all.
“He told me to talk to him the way I talk to the VP on the show,” Scott, who plays deputy communications director Dan on the show, told TIME at the TIME/People cocktail party held Friday at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington D.C. And he obliged, after sharing a chat about the NCAA tournament with his fellow Syracuse alum. “I dropped a couple of F-bombs,” the actor joked.
Though the actor insisted government officials can only learn “what not to do” from the show, he said his meeting with Biden in Las Vegas was instructive. But, when asked if he had to decide between Vice President Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2016, the star was stumped. “In a perfect world, they would both run,” Scott says. “It’ll have to come down to a coin flip for me.”