Sean Hayes on Playing a Woman in His New Movie Lazy Susan: ‘I Have Not Seen This Before — This Isn’t Drag'

As the finale for the Will & Grace revival airs later this month, Sean Hayes is looking forward to what’s next.

In particular, Hayes is excited about a movie he wrote and co-stars in, Lazy Susan. It’s about, well, a woman named Susan.

Yes, Hayes plays a woman — a deeply unambitious woman in a small Wisconsin town who doesn’t know what to do with her life. She’s got a tough mother, played by Margot Martindale, and a lifelong rival, Velvet, played by Allison Janney. (Look for a cameo from one of Hayes’ closest friends, Maria Shriver.) The dark comedy, available now on demand, was a welcome acting challenge for Hayes and provided a time to consider his own place in the world.

“I think a lot of us are lazy Susans — have been or will become. There’s that question we all ask: ‘Who do you want to be?’ It’s not always easy,” Hayes tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue.

Is Susan based on someone in your life?
It’s based on many people in my life, a combination of people I know. It’s me — it’s everybody — when you get stuck. You still don’t know what you want to do, but you’re becoming aware, of yourself and your place in the world. When you have to figure it out or there are dire consequences.

In Lazy Susan, your fans get to see another side of Sean Hayes they’ve never seen. You play the flute.
I tried! [Laughs] But that wasn’t me playing the flute.

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