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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

Credit

Starring:

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Transcript

00:04
When I was little I used to watch a
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show called Flipper.
00:07
And Flipper was a dolphin
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and I thought Flipper was royalty.
00:14
Desperate to have my own dolphin.
00:16
Flipper!
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Flipper!
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La, la, la, la, la, la, right?
00:19
Isn't that the theme music?
00:20
[Woman] I thought that was perfect.
00:21
Yeah.
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Don't you remember?
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He would go and diffuse bombs with
00:25
his little bottlenose nose.
00:27
So great, what a great dolphin, definitely royal.
00:31
[Woman] Okay.
00:33
The Wizard of Oz always makes me cry.
00:37
When she says, "And I'm gonna miss you most of
00:41
all to the Scarecrow."
00:44
and then when she comes home and she says, "And
00:46
you were there, and you were there."
00:47
[laughs]
00:48
I just love the whole...
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There is not a beat in that movie that
00:52
I don't adore.
00:53
Because I think it's incredibly moving
00:56
and it's hilarious.
00:57
There's great comedy in that movie.
00:59
And then there's a layer of drama,
01:02
on top of it.
01:03
Deep teenage angst.
01:06
Ah, it just really speaks to me.
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I had a crush on Steve McQueen.
01:12
The Great Escape, I like all of it.
01:15
It's Steve McQueen, what are we talking about?
01:17
Oh my God, just the be all end all.
01:20
And then sex scene.
01:21
There was an incredible sex scene
01:23
in that movie with Ray Fiennes.
01:26
What's that movie?
01:28
Oh, English Patient.
01:29
[Woman] English Patient.
01:30
That's the movie that Elaine hated so much.
01:32
Elaine hated it but I liked the
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sex scene in it.
01:35
Yeah, yeah I dig that one.
01:36
[laughs]
01:38
To play Elaine again was not particularly
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interesting to me because I'd been doing it
01:44
for whatever that was.
01:45
Eight years or nine years or however long
01:47
we were on the air and so,
01:48
nobody ever asked me to do a spinoff.
01:50
[Woman] Really?
01:51
I know, what the fuck is wrong with those people?
01:53
[woman laughs]
01:54
I actually, it's funny that you bring it up
01:57
but I'm offended.
01:59
No, no offers, none.
02:03
Except to say that, had they offered it,
02:07
I would have said no.
02:08
When I heard about the concept of Veep,
02:11
I mean, I was like, I gotta get in on that action.
02:14
I mean, I just, like, I couldn't get to it quick enough.
02:16
And the concept was pitched to me as
02:18
an unhappy vice president.
02:20
And I thought, "Oh my God, nobody's ever done that before.
02:23
Nobody ever talks about the veep as being a,
02:26
you know, the main character of a story like this.
02:30
Ooo, this could be cool."
02:32
Likeability is not something I've ever,
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likeability is a misnomer.
02:37
I don't know, I mean,
02:38
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.
02:46
But that doesn't mean that people are kind
02:50
or, ah, ethical, or good.
02:56
Yeah, likeability to a certain extent
02:58
is a bunch of bullshit, I think.