April 20th, 2012
01:33 PM ET
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is portraying a super-ambitious vice president on HBO’s upcoming political comedy series, "Veep," but which political figure is the character really based on?
While you might guess Democrat Hillary Clinton, or perhaps Republican Sarah Palin, the answer is actually neither, Louis-Dreyfus tells USA Today during a recent interview.
"It was never the intention for it to be a parody of any specific female politician,” the actress said of her character, Selina Meyer, in the anticipated cable show.
“The appeal to me was the comedic possibilities,” the 51-year-old explained. “It's a powerful position, and then it's not a powerful position. Inherent in that is great comedy. So that's what appealed to me about it - the idea of being highly ambitious and working so hard to make it and get ahead, and then you achieve the No. 2 spot."
The easily aggravated Selina is also really fun to play, the "Seinfeld" alum added.
"I love the idea of playing someone so ambitious and so convinced that those around her are the ones getting in her way," said Louis-Dreyfus, whose last series, “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” was canceled after five seasons in May 2010.
"I don't lose my [expletive] the way she does. But I love being able to play someone trying so hard to keep it under wraps," she went on. "The fantasy of being able to blame other people is fantastic. When the [expletive] hits the fan, it hits the fan in a blast. That's really fun to play. I can feel for that frustration."
“Veep” premieres on HBO (which is owned by the same parent company as CNN) this Sunday.
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