Julia Louis-Dreyfus instructed Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David to put in writing extra traces for her within the first season of 'Seinfeld': 'I should be on this present extra'

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus says she needed to converse up within the early days of “Seinfeld” to get extra display time.
  • “I should be on this present extra,” she recalled telling Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld to The Day by day Beast.
  • It led to her being nominated for seven consecutive years on the Emmys. She gained as soon as.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ “Seinfeld” character Elaine Benes is among the greatest within the historical past of comedy tv.

However wanting again now, Louis-Dreyfus revealed she needed to push the present creators to get extra worthwhile display time.

“I needed to only play ball with all people,” she stated in a latest interview with The Day by day Beast when requested if there was strain enjoying the one feminine character on the present, which was created by Larry David and its star Jerry Seinfeld. 

“I am not going to lie, at first, I did not all the time have loads to do in sure episodes,” she continued. “And I might go to Larry and Jerry a number of instances and say, ‘Hey, you guys, write me extra, I should be on this present extra.’ That is what I simply stored doing. And so they did.”


(L-R) Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards, and Jason Alexander in “Seinfeld.”


In actual fact, Elaine wasn’t even within the pilot. She would not present up till the second episode of the primary season.

However her persistence led to not her character changing into one of many explanation why the “present about nothing” grew to become the most-watched sequence on tv for its 9 seasons.

Individually, the function launched Louis-Dreyfus into stardom as she was nominated for an Emmy for seven consecutive years, profitable excellent supporting actress in 1996.

She believes the rationale Elaine’s character labored so effectively was as a result of she wasn’t written particularly as a girl.

“They simply wrote for me, for this character, versus this gender, which I feel is instructive in lots of methods from a writing viewpoint,” she instructed The Day by day Beast.

After “Seinfeld” resulted in 1998, Louis-Dreyfus went on to seek out herself the lead on one other hit present, the HBO sequence “Veep.” She gained six consecutive Emmys for excellent lead actress from 2012 to 2017 for the function of Vice President Selina Meyer.