Julia Louis-Dreyfus On Why Elaine Never Had Her Own 'Seinfeld' Spin-Off

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, former 'Seinfeld' actress and current 'Veep' star, was never asked to do a 'Seinfeld' spinoff about Elaine. It's okay, because she would have said no, anyways. Get to know the actress — and her strong opinions on "likeability" in cinema and television — in this intimate interview.

Released on 9/11/2016

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Starring: Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Transcript

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When I was little I used to watch a
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show called Flipper.
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And Flipper was a dolphin
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and I thought Flipper was royalty.
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Desperate to have my own dolphin.
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Flipper!
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Flipper!
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La, la, la, la, la, la, right?
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Isn't that the theme music?
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[Woman] I thought that was perfect.
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Yeah.
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Don't you remember?
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He would go and diffuse bombs with
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his little bottlenose nose.
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So great, what a great dolphin, definitely royal.
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[Woman] Okay.
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The Wizard of Oz always makes me cry.
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When she says, And I'm gonna miss you most of
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all to the Scarecrow.
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and then when she comes home and she says, And
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you were there, and you were there.
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(laughs)
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I just love the whole...
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There is not a beat in that movie that
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I don't adore.
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Because I think it's incredibly moving
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and it's hilarious.
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There's great comedy in that movie.
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And then there's a layer of drama,
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on top of it.
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Deep teenage angst.
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Ah, it just really speaks to me.
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I had a crush on Steve McQueen.
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The Great Escape, I like all of it.
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It's Steve McQueen, what are we talking about?
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Oh my God, just the be all end all.
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And then sex scene.
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There was an incredible sex scene
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in that movie with Ray Fiennes.
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What's that movie?
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Oh, English Patient.
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[Woman] English Patient.
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That's the movie that Elaine hated so much.
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Elaine hated it but I liked the
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sex scene in it.
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Yeah, yeah I dig that one.
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(laughs)
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To play Elaine again was not particularly
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interesting to me because I'd been doing it
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for whatever that was.
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Eight years or nine years or however long
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we were on the air and so,
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nobody ever asked me to do a spin-off.
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[Woman] Really?
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I know, what the fuck is wrong with those people?
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(woman laughs)
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I actually, it's funny that you bring it up
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but I'm offended.
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No, no offers, none.
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Except to say that, had they offered it,
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I would have said no.
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When I heard about the concept of Veep,
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I mean, I was like, I gotta get in on that action.
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I mean, I just, like, I couldn't get to it quick enough.
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And the concept was pitched to me as
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an unhappy vice president.
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And I thought, Oh my God, nobody's ever done that before.
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Nobody ever talks about the veep as being a,
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you know, the main character of a story like this.
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Ooo, this could be cool.
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Likeability is not something I've ever,
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likeability is a misnomer.
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I don't know, I mean,
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I can understand, how you know,
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how an idea has to be likeable,
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in the sense that it needs to make you laugh.
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But that doesn't mean that people are kind
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or, ah, ethical, or good.
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Yeah, likeability to a certain extent
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is a bunch of bullshit, I think.