-Are you excited about
“The Politician”? This is the new world of Netflix
that everyone loves. -Incredibly excited.
-Yeah. Yeah, it’s a Ryan Murphy show, who’s an
absolutely brilliant creator. -This is Ryan Murphy’s
first Netflix show. -First show for Netflix.
Yeah, exactly. -“American Horror Story,”
“Glee.” Yeah. -Yeah. I went dressed as
Matthew Morrison — -He’s genius.
-He’s the best. And, yeah, so, this was
sort of my first foray into TV, so to do it
with him is, like, kind of a dream come true. He knows what he’s doing.
-He definitely does. -And Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan. -Yeah, so, it’s about this kid,
Payton Hobart, who I get to play,
who is very, like, assertive, aggressive kid who
really wants to become President of the United States. That’s kind of been his, like,
innate dream since he was 7. He doesn’t really know why,
but he’s very ambitious, like, somewhat egomaniacal, and
is kind of grappling with authenticity and empathy
and things like that in the wake of
his blind ambition and sort of how
one-track-minded he is. And, so, I’ve never really
gotten to play anybody that sort of, you know,
walks into a room and holds his head high
and tries to take up space. Usually, I’m playing, like,
anxious Jews, like me. -“Anxious Jews.”
[ Laughter ] -But you got to —
What a cast in this thing. -It’s crazy. -And towards the end, you have
a surprise — I could say it right now. -Yeah, of course.
It’s been in the trailer. Go for it.
-Oh, Bette Midler, Judith Light. -Judith Light, yes. -And then your mom is
played by — -This brand —
She’s just burst onto the scene. Her name’s Gwyneth Paltrow.
-Yeah, yeah. She’s brand-new. Yeah.
Gwyneth plays your mom! -She plays my mother.
-How cool is that? -It’s crazy. It’s truly crazy. And I don’t feel beautiful
enough to be her child, but I’ll go with it. -You have to get Goopified.
-I know. Everybody has been
asking me like, “Did you get Goop tips and
free Goop stuff?” And I’m like,
“What an idiot I am that I didn’t immediately
go for the jugular with that. I didn’t ask for anything.” -You didn’t?
-No. I got nothing. -But she must, like, shake her
jacket, and stuff will fall out. It’s like, “Dude, give me
some Moon Dust, man.” -I know. I need something
for this face. -How was working with Gwyneth?
-Wonderful. I mean, the first day that
I met her was this — The first thing
we shot together, it’s the first scene
we shot in whole the piece, like on day one, so I’m already
really terrified — I think it’s the clip that we’re
going to show at some point. And it’s at this beautiful
garden in this gorgeous mansion, and she’s in, like,
a Carolina Herrera, like, giant red gown. And she just came, like,
walking down in the garden and was like, “Hello. I’m Gwyneth Paltrow.
Nice to meet you. I’m playing your mother.”
-Yeah. -And it’s just sort of,
like, the dream version of how you might meet
Gwyneth Paltrow. -It’s, like, raining flowers.
-Exactly. Yeah. She’s holding, like,
gardening shears and, like, a gorgeous sun hat. And that’s how
our relationship began. -I want to show everyone a clip. Here’s Ben Platt
and Gwyneth Paltrow in “The Politician.” Take a look at this. -Wait-listed. -Sweetheart… -A lifetime of
focus and planning carefully studying applications
I obtained on the black market in order to pinpoint
the exact combination of extracurriculars
and test scores that would optimize
my chances of acceptance, three years on that stupid
literary magazine, Model UN, service-oriented
summer camp in Costa Rica, flippin’ Mandarin?! -They haven’t said “no.”
-This is worse. This is worse than “no.” This is — this is,
“Let’s wait and see if we find anybody better.” This is, “Even if
we do take you, you were our second choice.” Why didn’t —
why didn’t they want me?! [ Cheers and applause ]
-Come on, now. That’s how you do it.
Ben Platt, everybody!