What Are You Waiting For? How to Succeed in Going After What You Want and Make an Impact
In a career notorious for rejection, Hayes has not only achieved incredible success, but has also used his platform to significantly shift the conversation on some of the nation’s most pressing issues including LGBTQ+ rights. With his signature humorous and impassioned delivery, Hayes details the cultural impact of his storied career while inspiring audiences to take immediate action when it comes to pursuing their wildest dreams.
Sean Hayes, who received critical acclaim for his roles in theater, television and film, quickly gained fame as the sarcastic and hilarious, Jack McFarland, on NBC’s “Will & Grace.” The iconic role has earned Hayes an Emmy Award (as well as six additional nominations). The series has earned a total of 18 Emmys and 91 nominations. Hayes has also won four Screen Actors Guild Awards, two TV Guide Awards, an American Comedy Award, six Golden Globe nominations and was the recipient of the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the GLAAD Awards. He returned to the show for its 11th and final season earlier this year.
Hayes’ other notable television projects include well-received guest roles on “Scrubs” and “30 Rock,” as well as “Martin & Lewis,” a television film that earned him a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for his role as Jerry Lewis. Hayes appeared in multiple episodes of the NBC sitcom “Up All Night,” in which he played a former colleague of Ava’s (Maya Rudolph). He also made guest appearances in recent seasons of “Parks and Recreation,” “Portlandia” and “Hot in Cleveland.” In addition, he had an arc on “Smash” as a TV and film star making his Broadway debut. He also appeared in NBC’s “Hairspray Live!,” which was nominated for seven Emmy Awards.
Hayes starred as Larry Fine in the feature film The Three Stooges, directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly and voiced Terri in the 2013 summer box office hit Monsters University. Hayes’ additional film credits include The Bucket List, opposite Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss, Pieces of April, the voice of Mr. Fish in The Cat in the Hat, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton, Igor, Soul Men and the voice of Mr. Tinkles in the box-office hit Cats and Dogs.
In 2010, Hayes made his Broadway debut in the wildly successful Promises, Promises, alongside Kristin Chenoweth He received a leading-actor Tony nomination for his performance in addition to a Grammy nomination for Soundtrack Recording. That same year, he also served as the host of the Tony Awards and was later awarded with an Emmy for his work as host. In 2016, Hayes returned to Broadway as the title role in An Act of God, for which he received glowing reviews. Previously, Hayes was seen on stage in the New York City Center production of Damn Yankees, with Jane Krakowski and Cheyenne Jackson.
In addition to working successfully and simultaneously in television, film and theater, Hayes has also added producing to his repertoire.
In 2003, Hayes and producing partner, Todd Milliner formed Hazy Mills Productions. Their first production, “Situation: Comedy”, a documentary television show in search of the next great sitcom, premiered on Bravo in the summer of 2005 and garnered wide critical praise. For six seasons, Hazy Mills produced TV Land’s hit comedy “Hot in Cleveland,” starring Betty White, Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves and Valerie Bertinelli. Hazy Mills produced NBC’s long-running drama “Grimm,” a dark yet fantastical cop drama that took place in a world where Grimm’s Fairy Tale inspired characters exist. Hazy Mills also produced NBC’s successful reality series, “Hollywood Game Night.” Additionally, Hazy Mills produced the eight-part docuseries “The History of Comedy” that aired on CNN in 2017. Upcoming projects include the Netflix series Q-Force and the feature film, Lazy Susan.