Laughing Out Loud With Julia Louis-Dreyfus

A comic range that goes from slapstick to satire, "Veep" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a pop-culture icon—and she got there without sacrificing love or sanity. Here she talks about her remarkable career, her 25-year marriage and the joys and sorrows of facing an empty nest

by Margot Dougherty
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Pamella Roland silk chiffon gown; Saks Jandel 301-652-2250. Irene Neuwirth boulder opal set ring, price on request; judithannjewels.com.
Photograph: Patric Shaw

Louis-Dreyfus surprised Holofcener with how easily she summoned tears in scenes that called for them. But off camera, the actress says her fifties find her more unflappable—for the most part. “It’s a little strange seeing yourself age,” she says. “You can’t believe it’s happening to you. Having said that, I really like having life experience under my belt. I feel that I have a firmer sense of knowing what I’m doing. And I don’t feel apologetic about it. That’s a good feeling to have.”

MARGOT DOUGHERTY last profiled Marisa Tomei for More.

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First published in the April 2013 issue of More

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