Julia Louis-Dreyfus wished she was back in “Veep” and Selina Meyer mode after she saw President Donald Trump mistakenly tweet after Super Bowl LIV that the Kansas City Chiefs played in Kansas.
Trump made the Twitter flub shortly after the game, congratulating the Chiefs for representing the “great state of Kansas,” even though they actually play in Missouri. And his mistake was online for a full 12 minutes before it was taken down and corrected. That really got Louis-Dreyfus’ creative juices going.
“Yeah, he really gets this country. Wow, I thought that was absolutely incredible,” she told Ellen DeGeneres on Tuesday. “If I were doing ‘Veep’ right now, it would be really fun to script those 12 minutes between him launching the tweet and it getting deleted. What an idiot! It’s so humiliating.”
“Veep” at its best was all about mitigating disaster and incompetence from vice president Selina Meyer and her staff. The show never explicitly announced Meyer’s political party, so it was able to lampoon idiocy from both sides of the aisle as just a part of the frantic and often profane ways that D.C. types try to save face after a mistake.
The only problem is that Louis-Dreyfus says Trump has been doing their show for them, and in a way, it’s made her miss it now that the long-running HBO comedy recently ended.
“It does and it doesn’t. I think he’s doing a better job of our show, except to say that it in fact isn’t remotely funny,” Louis-Dreyfus said. “It does make me miss it. It was super fun. It was just hard to compete with that crap.”
Louis-Dreyfus also appeared on “Ellen” to talk about overcoming her cancer diagnosis and to discuss her new film “Downhill” that just premiered at Sundance with co-star Will Ferrell. Check out the video clip above.