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Louis-Dreyfus: Sexism exists in TV

Julia Louis-Dreyfus has revealed that sexism still exists in the world of showbiz, but she doesn't pay it any attention.

The 53-year-old star of Armando Ianucci's political satire Veep, who is crowned the First Lady of Comedy in Rolling Stone's new issue, said she prefers not to let it bother her, despite being aware of it.

"There is sexism - I'm not denying its existence," she told the magazine.

"But I'm saying that I will deny its effort against me. I just pay it no nevermind and say, 'Get out of my way'," she added.

Julia, who starred in Seinfeld and The Adventures Of Old Christine, bares almost all on the front cover of the magazine's latest issue, with a temporary tattoo of the Constitution of the United States on her back.

"In my defence, 'I was in a drunken stupor'," she joked.

The four-time Emmy-winning funnywoman admitted she enjoys playing her foul-mouthed Veep character Selina Meyer, because she gets to swear to her heart's content.

"Once, when we were trying to come up with the particular perfect, horrible, swear-y thing to say in Veep, I said, 'You do realise that if we were 12, we would get in big trouble for this conversation.' That was not part of the curriculum in high school, and the fact that it is now a part of the curriculum of my life is a pleasure, which is the understatement of the universe," she explained.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus better hope her latest tattoo is a temporary one.

It was later revealed that there was a glaring historical error in her cover shoot. Julia's tattoo of the US Constitution was signed by John Hancock, when he actually signed the Declaration of Independence.

The actress jokingly blamed the blunder on Mike McClintock, the fictional Veep character played by Matt Walsh who serves as communications director to to Vice President Selina on the HBO comedy series.

"Yet another Mike (expletive)-up," the 53-year-old actress posted on Twitter. "Dummy."

The National Constitution Centre in Philadelphia mocked the flub by tweeting a photo of the cover alongside such Founding Fathers as George Washington and Benjamin Franklin in Signers' Hall with the words, "Thanks for the shoutout but no Hancock here."

Rolling Stone spokeswoman Melissa Bruno said the Declaration of the Independence is on the other side of Julia's body, but they couldn't fit in the signatures.

Inside the magazine, another image shot by photographer Mark Seliger shows a man in a colonial wig tattooing Hancock's signature above the actress' bare bottom.

"I'm a perfectionist in my work," Julia notes in the magazine's cover story. "I think I might drive people nuts. I don't ask them, because I don't need that (expletive) on top of how I'm feeling."


From Belfast Telegraph