With her nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy for “Veep,” Julia Louis-Dreyfus has tied legendary comedian Lucille Ball as having earned the most performance Emmy nominations with 13, which the star tells Zap2it is unbelievable.
“I’m still not quite believing it myself, to tell you the truth. It really is … I don’t know what to say,” says Louis-Dreyfus.
With all the talk in recent years about women in comedy — they’re getting more head writing jobs, they’re anchoring their own shows — there are still people wondering if women can be funny. And Ball was doing it all 60 years ago.
“[Lucille Ball] owned those shows, too,” Louis-Dreyfus points out, referring to Ball’s production company that produced “I Love Lucy” and “The Lucy Show.”
“And she starred opposite her Cuban husband [Desi Arnaz], so in that day and age, it was a triumph and another triumph, you know what I mean?” says Louis-Dreyfus. “I’m in awe of her ability, power and, of course, her talent.”
“I think by the time I was old enough to watch TV, [‘I Love Lucy’] was in reruns, but I watched that and ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’ all the time. I loved the fact that she was an attractive woman who was not afraid of being funny, Mary Tyler Moore, too,” the “Veep” star continues.
“There’s a whole list of women that fall into that category. They don’t have to sacrifice their femininity to be funny, the two go hand-in-hand beautifully,” she finishes.
As for the Emmy nomination in general, Louis-Dreyfus is proud that “Veep” could be recognized in its fledgling year on TV.
“I’m very proud of the fact that we are in the company of these shows, all these shows that I think are fantastic, and we did this as a freshman series. It’s a testament to the writing of the show and the tone of the show,” she says.
“Veep” returns for its second season in spring 2013 and the 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards air Sunday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.