2017 SXSW Featured Speaker
Julia Louis-Dreyfus earned worldwide acclaim and recognition for her portrayal of Elaine Benes in the hit NBC series “Seinfeld,” as Christine Campbell in the CBS hit comedy “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and most recently as Vice President Selina Meyer in the HBO series “Veep.” Between all shows combined, she has received eight Emmy awards with twenty-two nominations, a Golden Globe award with eight nominations, seven Screen Actors Guild awards with sixteen nominations, two Television Critics Association awards with three nominations, five American Comedy Awards with ten nominations, and has received the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy.
Louis-Dreyfus is currently in production on the sixth season of the HBO series, “Veep.” Directed by Armando Iannucci, the half-hour comedy centers on Selina Meyer, the new Vice President of the United States. Louis-Dreyfus won five consecutive Emmy awards, a Television Critics Award and SAG award for this role, as well as three Golden Globe nominations.
Upcoming, Julia will produce the HBO miniseries, “Soldier Girls.” The show is based on Helen Thorpe’s 2014 non-fiction book Soldier Girls: The Battles Of Three Women At Home And At War. The book follows the lives of three friends who decided to join the National Guard shortly before 9/11, only to find themselves deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq during one the most tumultuous periods in recent military history.
Louis-Dreyfus has previously received critical acclaim for her starring role in Fox Searchlight’s “Enough Said”, opposite the late James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener and Toni Collette. Written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, the comedy follows Eva, played by Louis-Dreyfus, as she humorously tries to secretly juggle both relationships and wonders whether her new favorite friend’s disastrous ex can be her cue for happiness. This role has snagged Julia a Golden Globe nomination – making her one of the elite few who have had the honor to be concurrently nominated for both a film and television role.
Previously, Louis-Dreyfus premiered “Picture Paris” on HBO, a short film written and directed by Brad Hall, and co-starring Cesar Award winner Eric Elmosnino. The short follows an ordinary suburban mom (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) whose son is leaving for college and compensates for her empty nest syndrome by carefully planning a life-changing trip to Paris. When her plans go hilariously awry, she finds herself wondering if the things we most desire — passion, revenge, love and Paris itself are possible in our day to day lives. This year, the film played at BFI London Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Santa Barbara International Film Festival and Palm Springs International Film Festival among other festivals around the world.
Her other television credits include multiple appearances on HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” which was co-created by Larry David of “Seinfeld,” a recurring role on Matt Groening’s “The Simpsons” on FOX, a recurring role in 2003 on Fox’s critically acclaimed “Arrested Development,” NBC’s 2002 real-time sitcom “Watching Ellie,” and the TNT animated film “Animal Farm” to which she lent her voice alongside Ian Holm, Kelsey Grammer and Patrick Stewart. Louis-Dreyfus first made her mark on television during a three-year stint (1982-1985) on “Saturday Night Live” opposite the likes of Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest and Eddie Murphy. She subsequently hosted the show twice, becoming the first female former cast member to return as host.
Feature film credits include Disney’s “Planes; Pixar’s animated hit “A Bug’s Life”; Woody Allen’s Academy-award winning “Hannah and Her Sisters”; Allen’s “Deconstructing Harry”; Rob Reiner’s “North;” Ivan Reitman’s “Fathers’ Day”; and “Jack the Bear”.
Louis-Dreyfus is a committed and steadfast defender of the environment. She serves as a member on the leadership council for the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) as well as on the Board of Directors of Heal the Bay and on the Honorary Board of Heal the Ocean.
She studied theater at Northwestern University where she was also a recipient of a Doctor of Arts in 2007. During college, she was a member of The Practical Theater Company, and Chicago’s famed Second-City comedy troupe.