Julia Louis-Dreyfus moonlights as President of the United States—on “Veep,” that is.
The popular HBO satirical show eerily similar to the current happenings of Washington D.C. is entering its fifth season on April 24. In an April 11 interview with the New York Times, Dreyfus gave her insight on Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and the character that has earned her four consecutive Emmy Awards.
“What’s good about this situation, comedically, is that even though she becomes president, it’s eluding her. She has not a moment to revel in this so-called accomplishment, which she got by default,” Dreyfus said of character President Selina Meyer. “She has to immediately campaign for the position. She has to quickly figure out some sort of legacy that she can create for herself. So it seems as if everything is just a grab away for this poor, ridiculous woman.”
This is the second season Dreyfus’s character is in office and is basically a template for everything Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton should avoid.
“I think Selina’s experiences are just a playbook in what not to do. I guess she could look to that and say: ‘O.K., great, I didn’t do that. So I’m ahead’,”said Dreyfus, who admitted she wouldn’t vote for Meyer if she were a Presidential candidate in real life.
As for another possible Presidential candidate—Donald Trump—Dreyfus can’t think to possibly stomach a term with the leading Republican candidate.
“I can’t go there yet. I really can’t. When he was talking about abortion rights, and who’s punishable, it reminded me of an episode we did on abortion. The backpedaling that he was trying to master—I say in quotes—Selina was trying to do that same thing.” said Dreyfus who then compares The Donald to her “Veep” character.
“He’s more in one camp than the other, although he used to be in the other camp, where Selina was trying to say both things at once, so as not to lose a certain part of the electorate. I find it just horrifying and funny and also embarrassing.”
Whatever happens, Dreyfus already knows which political party she is supporting come Election day.
“Whoever the Democrat is. Period. End of story.”
“Veep” Season 5 will premiere April 24, but until then watch the trailer below.