“Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus is stopping by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Wednesday (Dec. 18), where Ellen and guest co-host Julia Roberts congratulate her on her simultaneous Golden Globe nominations for best actress in a TV series and best actress in a motion picture, which has only ever happened two times before — to Judi Dench and Helen Mirren.
“Nice company, lady!” cracks Roberts. But she adds, “[‘Enough Said’] is such a great, great movie and your performance is just beautiful.”
Louis-Dreyfus says thank you and adds that it’s hard to believe her “Enough Said” co-star James Gandolfini isn’t there with her to share the accolades — he passed away before the movie’s release and received a posthumous Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for the film.
“I’m still very surprised that, you know, he’s not right here right now. In fact, it’s sort of hard to believe,” Louis-Dreyfus says . “I think that his performance in this film is so remarkable and of course it’s devastating that he’s not here, but on the other hand it’s a real triumph because he’s playing a character … very similar to who he was personally. He’s not at all like Tony Soprano. He’s much more of a soft-spoken, mild-mannered kind of guy and that’s the kind of character he plays in this movie and so I think it’s something his fans can really find a lot of joy in.”
Roberts adds her own memories of working with Gandolfini.
“On ‘The Mexican’ he played my pal and I agree with you completely,” says Roberts. “It’s such a beautiful, subtle, gentle performance and very much like the man himself.”
Watch below as DeGeneres and Roberts have a little fun scaring Louis-Dreyfus in her dressing room before the interview.