mmm… an interesting trend i see in dan x amy fics is references to Dan’s “italian american” family. I think it’s obviously because of the “catholic mother” comment Dan made and the fact that Dan’s got dark hair/eyes. But… Jet black hair is also extremely common in Irish people… In fact it’s so common that “’Black Irish’ is often a description of people of Irish origin who had dark features, black hair, dark complexion and eyes.” and Egan? “This surname, of Irish origin, is the Anglicized form of the Gaelic “Mac Aodhagain”, “Mac” meaning “son of” and “Aodhagain”, from Aodha.”
So you can headcanon him as italian american if you want, but it just seems way more likely that his family is irish american.
I wonder how much of this is Irish surnames having been so normalised in America that people don’t necessarily recognise them as such? Because more than half the characters in Veep have Irish surnames – Egan, Ryan, Walsh, Doyle, Collins, Cafferty, Hughes.
Reid Scott also LOOKS Irish to me (though who knows if that’s actually the case) (incidentally, so does Kevin Dunn, and, to a lesser extent, Matt Walsh), especially as he combines very dark hair and eyes with a fairly pale complexion (hence all the freckles). He’s also going gray fairly young, which is (sadly) an Irish trait. (I don’t know WHY that is mind, but dark-haired Irish people seem to go gray much earlier than their Spanish or Italian counterparts).
I should also point out that it’s not that uncommon for Irish people of that type (the dark ones, I mean) to be mistaken for Mediterranean when they travel – I’m no where near as dark as Reid Scott is, but I have been mistaken for a local in Greece, Italy, Spain and France (I know this is the case, because people asked me for directions in the local language).
The stereotype of Irish people is that they’re all red-haired and green-eyed, but…while that look is more common in Ireland than elsewhere, it’s still only say 10% of the population. Look at any photos of the abortion rights campaign for instance and you’ll see HORDES of pale-skinned brunettes, it practically looks like a Star Wars casting convention.