Julia Louis-Dreyfus On Acting, Parenting, and Going Green
Former Seinfeld star Julia Louis-Dreyfus juggles life as a working mother with a passion for environmental activism.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus on divorce
“I come from divorced parents,” she tells WebMD, “and it wasn’t
always amicable. There were major complications at the time. Divorce wasn’t
nearly as prevalent as it is now. I had no friends whose parents had split up.
I grew up living with my mother and stepfather in Washington, D.C., and visited
my father and stepmother in New York on weekends. It seems antiquated now, but
I had to learn how to deal with it.”
Is she currently close with both sets of parents? “Yes, very,” she says
emphatically. And it’s one of the reasons she loves Christine. In it both
parents strive to put their child first, making for funny and compelling
situations when it comes to juggling new love interests, homework assignments,
and conflicting opinions on how to raise their son.
M. Gary Neuman, LMHC, family and divorce expert and New York Times
best-selling author of Helping Your Kids Cope With Divorce the Sandcastles
Way, believes that putting your child first is the only way to maintain his
or her long-term emotional health.
“When you criticize your child’s other parent, you criticize your child’s
very DNA,” he says. “Like it or not, what we do for and around our kids in
childhood impacts them for the rest of their lives. Parents who are divorcing
must take the high road with each other. When you swipe at or about your former
spouse, your child stops sharing his or her emotions with you. You are shutting
down trust and leaving your child with a situation he or she cannot
Julia Louis-Dreyfus on fitness
Great marriage, healthy kids, and successful career aside, Louis-Dreyfus is
known in Hollywood for something else, too: Looking fantastic. She turned 48
last month, and she’s still inciting Internet bloggers such as Perez Hilton to
post photos of her red-carpet moments with comments like this: “Julia: So sexy!
Everything’s tight -- including her bod!” Louis-Dreyfus giggles when this is
read back to her. “I’m a big believer in moderation,” she says, when asked for
her fitness secrets. “I like good food, good wine. I try to limit my intake of
everything, but I enjoy everything, too. And I really do love to exercise. I go
hiking a few times a week, I go running. … The red carpet is daunting, but I
try not to let it get under my skin. I’m not Heidi Klum. I still suck it
“But I’m really lucky,” Louis-Dreyfus adds. “Because I have a nice family
that helps me stay focused on what’s important. Hollywood’s trappings are not
my focus -- I just really enjoy my kids and my husband.”
As if on cue, the sirens sound again and Louis-Dreyfus mentions she’s
nearing home. It’s clear she’s already switched her focus to the fires
engulfing her neighborhood and how they might impact her loved ones. Montecito
and the nearby city of Santa Barbara would lose more than 200 homes that day
and in the days that followed, many burnt to ashes. While hers was thankfully
spared, it’s tough to imagine this actor-activist has ever met a fire she
didn’t want to put out.