Julia Louis-Dreyfus Interview: ‘Veep’
“It has been the ride of a lifetime!,” declares Julia Louis-Dreyfus when looking back over seven seasons of playing Selina Meyer on HBO’s hit Emmy-winning comedy “Veep,” which aired its series finale back in May of this year. “The hardest part of saying goodbye to ‘Veep’ has been saying goodbye to all of these people who I adore,” the actress admits. “It was a crushing last week doing that finale. As a group, we barely got through it, it was just tears and tears for days.” Watch the exclusive video interview with Louis-Dreyfus above.
Louis-Dreyfus explains that shooting the series finale was an emotional time, not only for her but for the entire cast and crew. “When anybody has their last scene, everybody showed up. Not only cast, but crew and producers and writers. It was a huge turn out for each single person,” she reveals. “We were very proud of how we finished this show, but also very crushed by how we finished this show. I mean crushed in the sense that we had to walk away. We made the decision to walk away from this precious thing and I think it was the right decision for sure, but it was a hard thing to say goodbye to,” she shares.
The series ended on a fittingly unsentimental note, as we flash forward many years into the future after President Meyer’s death, which is all too quickly usurped as the headline of the day because of the sudden death of revered actor Tom Hanks. “It was a fitting end for the character. A lot of thought went into it. Actually, we’ve been talking about it for years in fact. I felt from the very beginning of the show through to now, to this moment at the very end, I’ve been very protective of the show and I think we did it good, we did it justice,” Louis-Dreyfus adds. “It wasn’t always easy, but we did it. I think we did it!”
Even before this year’s ceremony next month, Louis-Dreyfus owns several Emmy records. She is tied with the legendary Cloris Leachman as the person with the most prime-time victories in acting categories (eight each). Six are for “Veep,” one for “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and one for “Seinfeld.” She has also prevailed three more times for producing “Veep” as Best Comedy Series for a total of 11 career wins.
Her seven total wins as a lead actress is two more than the five trophies for Mary Tyler Moore (“The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”) and Candice Bergen (“Murphy Brown”). She is also the most awarded TV character of all-time with her six as Selina Meyer. That’s one more than the five Emmys achieved by Bergen, Don Knotts (“The Andy Griffith Show”) and Edward Asner (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Lou Grant”). Louis-Dreyfus was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2014.