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Louis-Dreyfus digs middle age

Julia Louis-Dreyfus says being in her 50s is "very freeing".

The award-winning actress is actually 52, but insists she feels years younger. In her new movie Enough Said, which also stars the late James Gandolfini, Julia's character Eva is content with being middle aged and she feels the same way in real life.

"I actually dig it. It's funny because I don't think of myself as middle-aged. In my mind, I'm, like, mid-30s. However: I also really like being here now and having all these experiences behind me. I like that. I find it very freeing," she said in an interview with British newspaper The Guardian. "When you're younger you're putting yourself out there in a way you think you should be seen. Then as you get older you're like: 'Nah, f**k that.'"

Julia was happy to have had the opportunity to work with late Sopranos star James. She has recalled how the pair instantly hit it off on the movie set and she is still grieving his passing.

"I liked him immediately and I think he felt the same way. We had a good chemistry from the get-go. He's an amazing actor. He really is a gentle giant," she smiled. "I really wish he was sitting here next to me and we could talk to you together about the movie. It's a tragedy that he isn't. The film is something to celebrate. I just feel overcome with gratitude that I got to work with him."

Julia shot to fame in iconic US TV show Seinfeld, playing Elaine Benes. When the series aired during the '90s, her character caused shockwaves by openly discussing her sex life, being pro-abortion and as sarcastically funny as the male cast members. It has been claimed that Elaine helped pave the way for female-dominated shows such as Sex and the City and Girls, and Julia has recalled one particularly pivotal episode.

"That was ground-breaking," she said of an episode titled The Contest. "Guys talking about masturbation was acceptable. But when a woman enters that dialogue, it's a whole different matter. I felt lucky to be a part of that. To me, it was the show that was radical rather than Elaine. It was an anti-sitcom sitcom. 'You mean all these little moments build up to become a show about – that? Seriously?'"

Julia's latest small screen role sees her play the US Vice President in Veep. She loves the portraying the ruthlessly ambitious character, who faces new levels of humiliation in each episode.

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