Julia Louis-Dreyfus Says ‘Devastating’ Criticism From Father Still Hurts

Julia Louis-Dreyfus stated her father’s disapproval throughout her first season on “Saturday Night Live” nonetheless stings many years later.

Louis-Dreyfus was a 21-year-old Northwestern College dropout when she made her debut on the present in 1982. She had no reside TV expertise.

Hoping for encouragement from her dad after her look in a sketch on the favored present, financier Gerard Louis-Dreyfus delivered something however, his daughter instructed Selection. (She declined to disclose the precise efficiency.)

“I remember him saying something really negative to me. He didn’t handle it properly, and he wasn’t gentle. His complaint was that I was too big, too broad. I was devastated by that,” she stated in an interview posted Tuesday.

She wasn’t about to validate his evaluation, true or not.

“He was such a narcissist, I didn’t even consider that,” she stated, laughing. “And I say that with love in my heart.”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and her father, Gerard Louis-Dreyfus, in 2014.

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Her father died in 2016. Louis-Dreyfus thrived in comedy regardless of the reproach.

Dreyfus parted methods with “SNL” in 1985 and established career-defining roles as Elaine Benes on “Seinfeld” (1989-1998) and Selina Meyer on “Veep” (2012-2019).

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (center) performs a skit with Tim Kazurinsky and Mary Gross on a 1982 episode of "Saturday Night Live."
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (middle) performs a skit with Tim Kazurinsky and Mary Gross on a 1982 episode of “Saturday Night Live.”

She just lately appeared within the hit film “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” too.

Within the Selection article, she additionally mentioned her expertise with breast most cancers after being recognized in 2017. She is in remission.

“Nobody has ever been happier to go back to work,” she stated. “It confirmed for me the critical importance of my friendships with the people with whom I work and, of course, the love of my family and friends. It distilled down what was most important to me in my life.”


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