By Judy Kurtz - 04/16/12 11:24 PM EDT
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is surely crossing her fingers that a lot of eyeballs are catching the premiere of her new HBO show, “Veep,” on April 22. But the former “Seinfeld” star says she hopes one person in particular becomes a big fan of her comedic role as a fictional vice president: Al GoreAl GoreMark Mellman: Debating the debate Debate of century lives up to its billing Frenzy builds for epic debate MORE.
The “Saturday Night Live” alum has said in interviews that she consulted two VPs to learn the ins and outs of life in the second-in-command’s shoes. Although Louis-Dreyfus is remaining mum on whom she spoke to, Gore spilled the beans. He told The Associated Press that he sat down for an hourlong chat over coffee with the actress. Gore also intends on watching the satirical series, saying, “I’ll give it a try, because I like her so much.”
She paused before adding, “Really, I’m not kidding. I hope he does.”
No word on whether the former vice president had any input in the often-
colorful language used in the show. Louis-Dreyfus drops a fair share of F-bombs as Vice President Selina Meyer (whose political party is never revealed).
The 51-year-old entertainer, who spent some of her childhood living in D.C., contends swearing is par for the course inside the Beltway: “Yeah, there’s a lot of cursing in Washington. Yeah, of course there is.”
But she says the R-rated words can be a welcome change from her days appeasing the network censors: “Really what’s refreshing about doing this show on HBO is having the artistic freedom to explore all areas, including language — but beyond that, ideas. There are ideas and ways of doing comedy in this show that are allowed on HBO and there’s an artistic freedom on HBO that you simply don’t get on network TV, I’m afraid.”