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Louis-Dreyfus went to source for ‘Veep’

Sun., Jan. 15, 2012

Julia Louis-Dreyfus said Friday that she spoke with two U.S. vice presidents to research her role in an upcoming HBO comedy.

The former “Seinfeld” actress plays Vice President Selina Meyer in the series “Veep.” HBO said the character discovers the job is nothing like she expected and everything she was warned about.

Louis-Dreyfus said she wanted to find out details about life as a vice president, including what it was like in the official residence. She said she asked the vice presidents about the most humiliating thing they had to go through as second-in-command.

“I was interested not in the grandeur of it, because you can always get that, but the nitty-gritty of it,” she said.

She wouldn’t reveal which vice presidents she spoke to, saying she wanted to keep the conversations private. But in an interview on Friday, Al Gore said he was one of them.

Gore said Louis-Dreyfus peppered him with questions for about an hour over coffee, wanting to learn details about what it was like to live in the security bubble.

He said he’ll watch the series. “I’ll give it a try, because I like her so much,” Gore said.

The series debuts in April.

No biopic for Kidman, Owen

Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen play writers Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway in a new HBO film, but they’d prefer to keep their own lives off-screen.

At a news conference Friday promoting “Hemingway & Gellhorn,” Kidman said she likes her privacy and protects it “quite diligently.” She and husband Keith Urban live in Nashville, Tenn., with their two daughters.

Kidman’s British co-star shares her viewpoint. Of a Clive Owen biopic, he said, “I wouldn’t want to see it.”

“Hemingway & Gellhorn” is set to air in May. It’s about the passionate, short-lived relationship of Gellhorn, a daring war correspondent, and the great novelist.

Kidman says she enjoys portraying inspirational women “who defy the odds and that burn bright,” as Gellhorn did.

The birthday bunch

Actress Margaret O’Brien is 75. Actress Andrea Martin is 65. Actor-director Mario Van Peebles is 55. Actor James Nesbitt is 47. Singer Lisa Lisa (Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam) is 45. Actor Chad Lowe is 44. Alt-country singer Will Oldham (aka Bonnie Prince Billy) is 42. Actress Regina King is 41. Actor Eddie Cahill is 34. Rapper/reggaeton artist Pitbull is 31. Electronic dance musician Skrillex is 24.


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