Julia Louis-Dreyfus: 'If there were more women in politics, the world would be a better place'

By Dagmar Dunlevy

It’s quite a promotion. Veep, a comedy set in the White House, just finished its fourth season, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s adorably incompetent Selina Meyer has somehow survived the powerful (but perilous) position of commander-in-chief.

Five-time Emmy winner Julia, 54, a veteran of Seinfeld and The New Adventures of Old Christine, is also head honcho of a happy (and less dysfunctional) household. She and Brad Hall, her husband since 1987, have two sons, Henry, 22, and Charles, 17. Julia tells Hello! what her kids think of her job and more in this exclusive chat.

‘It’s my personal opinion that if there were more women in politics, the world would be better.’ Photo: © Getty Images

Now that Hillary Clinton has announced her candidacy, how would you feel about being her running mate?
Selina would probably be willing to accept, but I think Hillary would be wise not to offer it. Selina Meyer is possibly not the best leader for the United States. [ Laughs]

What would you say is the main difference between men and women in politics?
There are exceptions to this rule, but it’s my personal opinion that if there were more women in politics, the world would be a better and more peaceful and equitable place. That’s been my experience, anyway. I have nothing against men. I love men. I married a man!

Do you have many fans in the White House?
Vice-President Joe Biden and I have become friends. He’s just the most affable guy, and I so appreciate the time he’s given me to hang out with him.

You look younger every day. What’s your secret?
Well, I do exercise a lot. I try to do everything else in moderation – except smoke. I don’t smoke! [ Laughs] I take CrossFit training classes. I hike and I run. I’ve recently taken up paddle-boarding.

Not only does she play President Selina Meyer, Veep star Julia also helps produce the show.

What are your thoughts on achieving work-life balance?
Be kind to yourself and understand that you’re going to screw up and that’s completely OK. There’s this sense that you’ve got to get an A-plus all the time. Just do the best you can. During Seinfeld, I gave birth to our two boys. There was a lot of work I didn’t do because it required going on location. When they were young – and even teenagers – I just couldn’t figure out how to make that work. Plenty of people do, but it just wasn’t going to work in my life.

Can we expect a Seinfeld reunion?
I haven’t heard anything about that, but I’m always open to hearing about anything with them. I like those guys.

What do your kids think about Seinfeld?
My boys definitely get a kick out of watching the show, but it’s the show that I did, so it’s not so cool for them.

Do they realize that you’re a comedy icon?
[ Laughs] They don’t think of me as an icon. They just think of me as Mom, and that’s the way I want it.

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