The Hollywood Foreign Press Association gave Julia Louis-Dreyfus one of the best mornings a star could ever wish for. Not only did she score a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Television Series (Comedy) for Veep, she got one for Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) for Enough Said.
You can bet she was excited about it:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Congrats on a great morning.
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS: Goddammit! Thank you!
For some reason, I imagined Jonah delivering this news to you. How do you think Selina Meyer would react if Jonah told her she was nominated for a Golden Globe?
Well, you have to understand that Selina is an egomaniac, of course, and she detests Jonah. But since the news is good news – and it’s good news about her – she might even hug Jonah before kicking him out of the office.
You’ve never been nominated for a TV role and a film role at the same time, right?
No, I’ve never had this happen to me ever.
What’s the feeling like?
It’s sort of a head-spinning, skin-pinchy, am-I-going-to-wake-up-from-this-in-a-few-miutes kind of a feeling. It really doesn’t feel real. At the same time, it’s nice to have been around the block a few times now, in terms of this business, to know it’s a bit of a miracle. So I’m not taking it for granted. I’m out of my mind with happiness about it. I really am.
Are you prouder of one nomination than the other?
Can you imagine if I answered that question? [Laughs] No! I think they’re both fantastic.
I was just guessing it might feel different to be nominated as a film actress, since you’re so well known for TV.
It’s certainly very validating as far as the film goes. Let’s start with that. But what I’m particularly thrilled about is the two nominations juxtaposed. These characters are so completely different from one another. I’m really thrilled for that reason. And I have to say, it speaks to the writing for both parts. Both Veep and Enough Said are projects that are artfully written and executed. It takes an enormous amount of talent to put these projects together, and thank God for [Enough Said director] Nicole Holofcener and thank God for [Veep creator] Armando Iannucci. Without them, none of this would have happened, and I really mean that.
Have you heard from your Veep castmates?
Oh yeah. I’ve been texting and emailing. I haven’t actually talked to anyone yet because we all just got back from London last night. So everyone’s sort of jet-lagged. But, in fact, I landed last night to find out that the show had been nominated for a SAG for the ensemble, which is just really f–king fabulous. So there’s a huge email thread that’s going between all of us, the title of which is “F–k yeah.” So everyone’s very happy.
Does Enough Said’s attention make you excited that people will see more of what unfortunately ended up one of James Gandolfini’s final performances?
Oh yeah. It’s obviously beyond tragic that he can’t be here to enjoy this triumph. I miss him terribly, but having said that, I think there’s a lot to celebrate. This performance is an absolute gift to his fans and a departure from what they’re used to seeing him do. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to work with him so intimately on this project. It was a labor of love for both of us.
Are you ready to go celebrate now?
I’m gonna take a nap.