“I Need To Be In This Show More”: How Julia Louis Dreyfus Fought For Seinfeld’s Elaine

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the star of Seinfeld, recently revealed how she fought for her character, Elaine Benes, to be featured more in the sitcom. Louis-Dreyfus won an Emmy for her portrayal of Elaine Benes. In an interview on The Last Laugh podcast, Louis-Dreyfus discussed her time as part of the Seinfeld cast and confessed that she initially had to ask co-creators Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David to write more for her to do. She also discussed her approach to portraying Elaine.

“I never really approached it from the perspective of my gender, per se. I wanted to just play ball with everybody. I’m not going to lie, in the beginning, I didn’t always have a lot to do in certain episodes. And I would go to Larry and Jerry multiple times and say, “Hey, you guys, write me more, I need to be in this show more.” That’s what I just kept doing. And they did,” said Louis-Dreyfus.

Seinfeld’s earliest episodes, which Louis-Dreyfus references, fail to connect for many reasons, including Elaine not being fully brought into the group and the story. With her performance and utterly committed physical comedy, Louis-Dreyfus quickly became a series’ highlight. Some of the sitcom’s best moments, from her dance to her odd job with “J.” Peterman (John O’Hurley), are in large part due to Louis-Dreyfus crafting Elaine into an iconic character.

As Louis-Dreyfus says, Elaine wasn’t better than the other three Seinfeld characters. She could be just as selfish and driven by petty grievances, which frequently led to hilarious results. Within that framework, she still bought her perspective and specificities needed to save the show from going stale.

Source: Screen Rant

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