Julia Louis-Dreyfus, a cast member in the film “Enough Said,” poses for a portrait on day 4 of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013 in Toronto. From “Seinfeld” to “Veep,” Louis-Dreyfus has been perhaps the finest comedic actress of her generation, she has stuck largely to the small screen “much to my agent’s chagrin,” she says. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
TORONTO (AP) — At the suggestion that she’s the finest comedic actress of her generation, Julia Louis-Dreyfus sighs an expletive.
The grandness of the statement may make Louis-Dreyfus squirm, but it’s worth considering. Think about her, as Elaine Benes on “Seinfeld,” swooning over John F. Kennedy Jr. Think about her, as Vice President Selina Meyer on “Veep,” strategically finishing a 10k race behind a disabled veteran but before a costumed contestant (“I’m not going to get beaten by a banana!”).
Few comediennes have both her gift for physical comedy (furiously tearing away George Costanza’s toupee) and vocal precision (“He took it out”). In boy worlds as varied as the dating banter of “Seinfeld” and the Beltway politics of “Veep,” she’s suffered countless indignities, yet always remained feistily combative.
“It’s a very joyful way to make a living,” Louis-Dreyfus remarked in a recent interview at the Toronto International Film Festival. “I kind of crave it, in a way. But it’s fun to make them cry, too.”
And with that, she lets out a Login to read more