Julia Louis-Dreyfus on “Tuesday” and podcast “Wiser Than Me”

For Julia Louis-Dreyfus, real life can be just as humorous as the comedian himself. “I had this wonderful opportunity to receive the star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” she said. “Would you believe they misspelled my name? They wrote Luis. LUIS. And I have the misspelled part. It's framed in my office, just as a reminder, just when you thought it was perfect and you landed it? No. “

Don't be fooled by her modesty. The 63-year-old actor has more than landed it. She made her debut on “Saturday Night Live” in 1982, before going on to play some of TV's most iconic women, including Elaine Benes, the sarcastic best friend on “Seinfeld”; and Selina Meyer, the narcissistic vice president of “Veep.” Along the way, she has earned no fewer than eleven Emmys, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and the National Medal of Arts.

Known for her impeccable comedic timing, the star has not been afraid to dabble in drama. Her new film 'Tuesday' is a reflection of this. Louis-Drefyus plays Zora, a mother struggling with the fate of her dying daughter, Tuesday.

When asked what drew her to the role, Louis-Drefyus said, “I was immediately intrigued because it was so 'out there.' It's really a magical fiction-like fairy tale for adults. And I thought, 'Okay.

The film's fantasy comes in the form of a talking parrot that is the embodiment of death. When he visits on Tuesday, Zora's maternal instincts are tested.

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Morales asked, “Are you trying to get him to spare your daughter's life?”

“Yes, going there, to that place, to your worst fear and nightmare as a parent,” Louis-Dreyfus replied. 'It was crushingly difficult, to tell you the truth. I often had to call home.'

She felt the story was an opportunity to get people thinking: 'It's an opportunity to have conversations about grief, death and dying. I think it's a taboo subject.'

Does she think about how to have those conversations? “Yes. I think about it a lot. I think endings can be, in a weird way, similar to beginnings. There's something sacred about endings that needs to be honored and acknowledged.”

After surviving breast cancer in 2018, living her life with meaning and joy is what Louis-Dreyfus strives for these days. Her passion project is her podcast “Wiser Than Me,” where she speaks with older women she admires and records their life lessons. She said, “I feel like older women are kind of disappearing from our culture and our society, and there's a lot of wisdom to be gained from these ladies. They're on the front lines of life. And I want to hear from them .”

The conversations go deep and become personal about topics such as aging, sexism and self-acceptance. “Maybe it's because of my age and, you know, maybe because I was so afraid of cancer,” she said. “And it brought certain things into sharp focus in a way. It was a wonderful gift to have the opportunity to talk to these women and explore these topics.”

Last month, “Wiser Than Me” took home a Webby, one of the most prestigious awards in podcasting, for podcast of the year. Louis-Dreyfus gave the Webbys' “five-word acceptance speech” for her award, saying, “Listen to old women, mothers!”

Family is never far away for Louis-Dreyfus. She calls her 90-year-old mother, Judith Bowles, at the end of each podcast episode. The actress has been married to her college sweetheart, actor Brad Hall, for 37 years. Their two sons, Henry and Charlie, appear to be following in their parents' footsteps into the family business. “You know, it's so funny because I didn't see this coming,” Louis-Dreyfus said. 'I help them with auditions. I read along with them. You know, everyone is doing these self-shots now, so very often I'm the actor on the other end. I help them adapt scenes.”

“How do they take your advice?” Morales asked.

“They're taking it!” she laughed.

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Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

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As they embark on their careers, Louis-Dreyfus reflects on hers. When asked if there was a moment when she realized she had made it, she replied: “I don't think about my life and my world like that. I really don't. This is the thing about being an actor: you're like part of a traveling circus: you go to the next town, you look for the next performance.”

“Have you ever felt comfortable in the silence because you might not have another gig?”

“What, am I giving off crazy vibrations?”

“No, no, I'm just wondering because I know it's inconvenient when I don't get emails or when my phone doesn't ring,” Morales said.

'Yes, I understand what you mean. I'm a bit of a workhorse,” Louis-Dreyfus said. “I absolutely love my free time. But I don't like too much free time. I like to work.”

And she is willing to take risks. After all, Julia Louis-Dreyfus says she has nothing to lose and everything to gain: “I'm just trying to get as much juiciness out of life as possible, and I'm looking for adventure and trying new things… I'm having a good time!”


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Story produced by Michelle Kessel. Editor: Lauren Barnello.

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