|Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus was in DC for the second-season premiere of her show, Veep.|
Standing on the carpet at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), Emmy-winning actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus smiles easily. The former Capitol File cover star traveled back to her childhood hometown of DC on April 11 to premiere the 10-episode second season of her Emmy-nominated HBO show, Veep, in which she stars as fictional vice president Selina Meyer. With her character’s political affiliation still under wraps—“we try to make it as ambiguous as possible in an effort to keep the bias out,” she notes—the second season will showcase more of Selina’s personal feelings.
“Well, you know, the emotional state is not going to be good. You can pretty much be guaranteed of that. Plenty of humiliations,” Louis-Dreyfus explains, stopping to chuckle at that revelation as MPAA chairman and chief executive officer Chris Dodd breaks out laughing behind her. “She’s going to get more influence in the White House, and then that is going to become a double-edged sword. She’ll have to deal with some foreign diplomacy problems—some of her doing,” Louis-Dreyfus says.
She’ll also be shown living in a fictionalized Washington (she reportedly had lunch with the real American VP today, April 12), and the show actually films in the area. “This second season involves some 2,500 Marylanders,” explains former senator Dodd, who calls himself a “great advocate” of the show’s local shooting base in the Columbia, MD area. “They spent about $20 million…making the economic point that it isn’t just culturally nice and fun that they’re here in the area and doing something, but a lot of hardworking people [and] small businesses benefit when they do a production like this.”
Louis-Dreyfus, for her part, is happy to be back. “It feels as though I’ve never left because we just wrapped Veep I think three weeks ago, so I’ve been in the Baltimore-DC area for months and months,” she says. “My parents live here and they’re going to be here tonight…I’m home.” See the first episode of the show’s second season this Sunday, April 14, at 10 pm ET.
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