Julie Louis-Dreyfus received what she thought was a fan letter from Hillary Clinton back in 2013. Printed on Clinton’s Secretary of State letterhead, the note read, “Dear Julia, Hope you get everything you want as Veep — gun control, immigration and education reform.” Louis-Dreyfus, best known for her role as Elaine on Seinfeld, now stars on a show called Veep where she plays the president.
You can sort of see why Hillary Clinton might have some cause to be a fan of a show about a woman president. And Louis-Dreyfus, who is a fan of Clinton, was so pleased by the note she had it framed. But, in a story published today, Louis-Dreyfus tells the Hollywood Reporter she eventually found out Hillary wasn’t such a big fan after all:
For Louis-Dreyfus, it was more than flattery. Here was confirmation, at the highest level, of just how much her HBO comedy had won the respect of the finicky Beltway crowd.
Then, some two years later, Louis-Dreyfus would learn of a second document — the note behind the note, as it were. This one, dated around the same time and unveiled as part of a batch of exposed Clinton emails, was from the secretary of state to her then-aide, Robert V. Russo.
“A friend wants me to sign something for Julia Lewis-Dreyfus for Veep. Any ideas?” Clinton wrote, her question (and mangling of the star’s name) suggesting unfamiliarity with the series. Russo responded: “Let me brainstorm on this one/do some research. I confess I haven’t seen the show!”
To her credit, Louis-Dreyfus sees the humor in the big letdown. “I mean, it’s perfect — just perfect,” she tells the Hollywood Reporter. She now keeps both notes, the original signed by Clinton and the email in which Clinton didn’t seem to know anything about her show, framed side by side in her office.