Julia Louis-Dreyfus Takes Charge on 'Veep'

Playing the vice president, the actress kills as the brilliantly funny neurotic we need her to be

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in 'VEEP.' Credit: Bill Gray/HBO

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is just perfect in Veep. She gets to show off the spiky claws beneath her patrician finesse. The obvious way to play Veep would be to make Louis-Dreyfus a folksy heroine, one with more common sense or populist heart than her enemies. But she isn't one. Her character isn't any more sincere or well-meaning than any other D.C. hack. She isn't even smarter. She just has a bigger office. And because she's played by Louis-Dreyfus, she's funnier. In Veep, she approaches government with the famous Seinfeld code: no hugging, no learning.

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