Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the Present Tense: How the Actress Made Her Transformational Turn on Veep

It is a Saturday night in November, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus and I are sitting in the lobby bar of The Four Seasons Hotel on East 57th Street, perched high inside the towering … atrium? No one speaks of atriums anymore! Everything about this place is dated, and I mean that in the worst possible way. It’s not old enough to be interesting as a vintage curiosity like, say, The Four Seasons restaurant five blocks south; it’s more like a sad, shopworn precursor to all the Bloombergian “luxury product” rising to the heavens all over midtown. Even the building’s history reads like something retrieved from a time capsule opened too soon: Zeckendorf … I.?M. Pei … Japanese financing. The construction of “the tallest hotel in New York” was announced in 1989, which, as it ­happens, was the year Seinfeld went on the air.  Read More...



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