April 14, 2013

Television: In 'Veep,' Julia Louis-Dreyfus gets to do what she does best

By STEVEN ZEITCHIK, McClatchy Newspapers

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus won an Emmy in 2012 for her performance in HBO’s “Veep.”

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"Maybe it's because I'm short and I've had to push my way through a lot in life," she said, possibly only half-joking. Louis-Dreyfus is 5-foot-3, though her slight frame and, these days, de-poofed hair gives her an even smaller appearance. She projects the air of a woman who's more contained than the exuberant characters she tends to play, though there is often a joke playing on her lips, waiting for the right moment to get out.

Iannucci added, "She's not afraid to look awkward, which is a lot rarer in actors than you'd think."

A mother to two boys, ages 15 and 20, Louis-Dreyfus can't believe the awful mother Selina can be sometimes. But she doesn't think "Veep" is trying to make a grand feminist statement.

She does, however, hear the echoes of the Washington world in Hollywood.

"There's always that fear in both politics and show business that, no matter how successful you are, there's someone younger and more famous who'll get the job. I mean, I've felt that," she said. "This is a show that's not as much about politicians as it is about the behavior of people who are in politics."

Then she added, "That sounds like some nonsense Selina would say, doesn't it?"

 

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