Julia Louis-Dreyfus Reflects on ‘Heartbreak’ at the End of ‘Seinfeld’

Julia Louis-Dreyfus recalls the good and bad times of the hit comedy “Seinfeld.”

After making fans laugh for almost a decade, the actress recalled the overwhelming emotion she felt at the end of the sitcom.

“There was a real period of heartbreak at the end of the show that was real and felt,” she said in an interview with People. “Because we all loved each other so much.”

The “Veep” star went on to reminisce about how the dynamic between her co-stars mirrored just as much off-screen as on-screen.


Julia Louis-Dreyfus recalled the devastating moment at the end of the sitcom “Seinfeld,” and she said “there was a real time of mourning.” (Getty Images)

Louis-Dreyfus, 62, portrayed comic Elaine Benes alongside her co-stars Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander (George Costanza) and Michael Richards (Cosmo Kramer). She then won her first Emmy for her character “Seinfeld.”

The cast of Seinfeld

From left, Michael Richards as Cosmo Kramer, Jason Alexander as George Costanza, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes, Jerry Seinfeld as Jerry Seinfeld. (Photo by Andrew Eccles/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)

“Seinfeld,” co-created by Larry David and Seinfeld himself, followed the four single best friends through humorous yet chaotic times as residents of New York City. The show aired from 1989 to 1999 for 9 seasons.

"Seinfeld" Emmy Cast

The cast of “Seinfeld” holding Emmy Awards. (SCOTT FLYNN/AFP via Getty Images)

Although Louis-Dreyfus was devastated that network executives decided to end the show, she knew she had to pursue her career in Hollywood.


“I vividly remember wanting and thinking I had to keep working,” she continued, telling the outlet.

“I wanted to keep working. I wanted to keep doing what is called playing. I wanted to keep doing it, which I was able to do, which is great.”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus red carpet

Julia Louis-Dreyfus then starred in “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and landed the hit HBO show “Veep” after “Seinfeld” ended. (Getty Images)

This is exactly what Louis-Dreyfus did.

She starred in “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and landed the hit HBO show “Veep.” Most recently, the Hollywood actress starred in Netflix’s “You People” and “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” last year.

Along the way, she has racked up multiple Emmy and SAG awards. Louis-Dreyfus even won a Golden Globe.

Louis-Dreyfus added that she’s thrilled that “Seinfeld” continues to resonate with different generations after being off the airwaves for several years.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus on Jimmy Kimmel

Julia Louis-Dreyfuss is known for her comedic acting skills. (Getty Images)

“I think it’s incredibly cool that he continues to have life,” she remarked. “I’m not surprised, because it’s funny, and it stands the test of time.”


Meanwhile, Louis-Dreyfus recently defended the “curse of Seinfeld” earlier this month.

The phrase was coined after the iconic sitcom ended in 1998, and its main stars seemed to be struggling a bit to fit in.

Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards

Julia Louis-Dreyfus posed with Jerry Seinfeld and Michael Richards at a “Seinfeld” event. (Sylvain Gaboury/FilmMagic)

She agreed with a Rolling Stone interviewer that the term was “coined up by the media”.


“They thought it was smart,” she noted. “You don’t need me to prove that wrong, that was ridiculous! It made no sense. I was amazed he had legs, because it was so stupid. I don’t don’t know how else to say it!”

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