Julia Louis-Dreyfus bares all
To coincide with the third season of her hit HBO comedy Veep, Julia Louis-Dreyfus has stripped off for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.PT1M20S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-36dl3 620 349 April 10, 2014
It's so appropriate.
Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 53, is naked on the cover of Rolling Stone, wearing nothing but the US Constitution inked on her back.
"In my defense, 'I was in a drunken stupor,' " the actress tweeted as she unveiled the cheeky photo.
Her hit HBO series kicked off its third season on Sunday, and Louis-Dreyfus talks to the magazine about her success in showbiz, from Seinfeld to The New Adventures of Old Christine to Veep. And that's only some of her TV work.
Louis-Dreyfus says that while sexism is alive and well in Hollywood, she fights it.
"There is sexism -- I'm not denying its existence," she says. "But I'm saying that I will deny its effort against me. I just pay it no nevermind and say, 'Get out of my way.' "
And as part of her current gig, she recently had dinner with real veep Joe Biden.
"He loves to tell stories, and I'm a good listener," she said. "I loved that dinner. There was no cynicism, just a very earnest jubilation about being there."
Los Angeles Times' columnist Christie D'Zurilla writes Louis-Dreyfus looks "fantastic in the nude ... even if the faux-tattoo on her back is historically inaccurate".
Louis-Dreyfus' back shows part of the US Constitution signed by John Hancock, who famously autographed the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution.
The mistake was quickly picked up on Twitter and even Louis-Dreyfus acknowledged the gaffe, tweeting: "Hancock signed Dec. of Independence NOT Constitution. Yet another Mike f--- up. Dummy," she joked.
Mike McLintock (played by actor Matt Walsh) is Veep's hapless public-relations advisor to Louis-Dreyfus' character Vice President Selina Meyer.
A spokeswoman for Rolling Stone's publisher told the New York Daily News: "The Declaration of Independence is on the other side, but we couldn't fit in all the signatures."
D'Zurrilla applauded the cover and found the "photographic faux-up" fitted in perfectly with Louis-Drefus' potty-mouthed character.
"Once, when we were trying to come up with the particular perfect, horrible, swear-y thing to say in Veep, I said, 'You do realize that if we were 12, we would get in big trouble for this conversation,'" Louis-Drefus told the magazine. "That was not part of the curriculum in high school, and the fact that it is now a part of the curriculum of my life is a pleasure, which is the understatement of the universe."
The magazine has yet to hit newsstands in the United States.
Show of the week: Veep
Veep has returned in vibrant style, the air crackling with hostility, panic and colourful insults as US vice-president Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and her team prepare for the biggest challenge of all - another run at the White House. The president has decided not to run for a second term but has yet to make the announcement, which leaves Selina desperately trying to outposition other prospective presidential candidates without giving the game away.
Monday, Showcase, 5.25pm and 9.30pm
Los Angeles Times, with Aja Styles and Brad Newsome