THE LAST WORD... ‘[ ’ It’s very important to me that everyone on set] is having a good time, having fun
WITH JULIA LOUIS DREYFUS, AKA SELINA MEYER FROM VEEP
“IT’S very important to me that everyone [on set] is having a good time, having fun and I take that very seriously; because if we’re not, number one it’s not going to be fun and that’s a drag, but in addition to that you’ll see it on film. It’s a vital part of the process, the playfulness and the kindness of the show. For as unkind as these characters are, it’s the opposite behind the scenes. We shoot this show on location and so you sort of live and breathe it and you don’t go home to your family and your own bed and your
own life which, at the end of the day, is more important.
You sort of go back to your hotel or rented apartment and you wait to wake up in seven hours and go back to set to do it all again.
I’m a worrier at heart, so I worry a lot, to be honest. About 18 months ago, my husband and I took a mindfulness workshop.
Did it work? No (laughs). No, I take that back … I just said it to be funny. It did help. It’s just a hard practice to keep up.
There are very big parallels between being in show business and being in political life.
The fact that I am someone who is somewhat well-known, I have to sell myself like I’m doing right now, my brand, you know, so I tap into that all the time to play Selina Meyer.
In terms of the timing [Selina becoming president as Hillary Clinton runs for the same office], I think if we were doing this show 20 years ago, it would have seemed more far-fetched, but it doesn’t now, whether that’s a woman leading the free world or any government for that matter.
Selina’s probably not somebody who should have ever had a child (laughs).
It’s really fun for me to play a woman who is emotionally beating up on her daughter. It’s really hilarious. The woman who plays my daughter, Sarah Sutherland, is an amazing actress and very game.
We have a lot of fun riffing off of each other. In fact, what doesn’t end up in the show is often so cruel and horrible, you can’t imagine.”