Listen: Julia Louis-Dreyfus on Playing ‘Lovable ****,’ and Tony Hale on That ‘Veep’ Finale Gut Punch

Variety | 8/26/2019 | Michael Schneider
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus knew the bar was high when it came time to end “Veep.”

“It was very important for us to stick this f—ing landing and then some,” she told Variety‘s My Favorite Episode podcast. “Because I really feel this has been the job of a lifetime for me thus far. I feel and felt very protective of it from the beginning. I was fiercly determined to get this sucker right on the way out.”

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In the end, President Selina Meyer’s legacy “is a dismal one and to be forgotten, and it’s appropriate,” Louis-Dreyfus noted. And then, of course, there is the heartbreaking moment where Selina sells out her one true loyalist, sycophant bag boy Gary Walsh (Tony Hale), who is sent to jail to clear the path for her election.

“That moment where she sent him to jail, that was a gift to Gary because nothing was going to break this obsession,” Hale told “My Favorite Episode.” “Her sending him to jail was the only thing that would break it.”

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And even then, Louis-Dreyfus isn’t so sure: In one of the final, flash forward scenes, Gary is seen visiting Salina’s funeral — carrying her favorite lipstick.

“Saying goodbye was kind of a gut punch,” Louis-Dreyfus said of the show and those characters. “We’re clinging to one another. We actually live together [now].”

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On this edition of the podcast, we talk to Louis-Dreyfus and Hale, both of whom are Emmy nominated this year for their roles “on Veep” as President Selina Meyer and Gary Walsh. Louis-Dreyfus chose an “All in the Family” episode, while Hale picked a famous “Carol Burnett Show” sketch. We talk about their inspirations, and why it’s so hard to say goodbye after seven seasons of Veep. Listen free and download at Apple Podcasts or down below:

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