“Veep” returns to HBO Sunday (April 24), which means the stars are making the press rounds. Julia Louis-Dreyfus stopped by “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Friday, where she regaled the audience and viewers with the most wonderful stories about meeting politicians.
The Supreme Court members are fans.
“I was standing in line [at a State Dinner] waiting to go to my seat with Justice Kagan. That’s crazy, right? She’s a Supreme Court justice!” says Louis-Dreyfus. “You know what she said to me? She told me that she and Justice Scalia, they would get together every week and talk about the ‘Veep’ episode from the night before. Isn’t that amazing? I was so psyched about that.”
Joe Biden is a charming, if long-winded, dinner companion
At the same State Dinner, the actress “had the good fortune to sit next to Vice President Joe Biden.”
“I think he’s one of the most wonderful men I’ve ever met. He likes to talk a lot,” says Louis-Dreyfus. “I had the experience of being a very good audience to Vice President Biden. He was telling me one fabulous story after another. But I will admit to you, that I was looking around and thinking, ‘Oh, I gotta go meet JJ Abrams,’ or whoever it is. And he’s still talking and you can’t say to the vice president, ‘Excuse me, Mr. Vice President, I’m gonna go mingle.'”
Politicians are sure they know who ‘Veep’ is really about
Colbert points out that the show has never identified which political party Selina Meyer is part of, which Louis-Dreyfus confirms.
“No, we don’t know. And we make great effort in the writing in the show to keep it somewhat indistinct. The key is these are political animals and so they will say — and I play a character who will pretty much say anything to stay alive politically. So really we just refer to ‘the other party,’ and we never identify the party. We’ve also sort of created this alternate universe so that we’re never parodying a particular, a real person in politics,” says Louis-Dreyfus, but she says that politicians think they know who the show is about.”
She continues, “They’ll come up and say, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s so funny. It’s just like them.’ They always think it’s the people in the other party. Both! I swear to you, I’ve had Republicans and Democrats come up to me and say, ‘You are gettin’ ’em good.'”
“Veep” returns Sunday, April 24 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.