‘Seinfeld’: Julia Louis-Dreyfus Reveals The Inspiration Behind Elaine’s ‘Wall of Hair’

by Jeremy Spirogis
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On iconic comedy collection Seinfeld, considered one of Elaine Benes’ often-remarked-upon traits all through the years has been the way in which Elaine dressed, the way in which she wore her hair. Elaine Benes undoubtedly stood out in a crowd.

The Emmy Award successful actor who portrayed her, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 59, defined how the hair type often known as her “wall of hair” happened.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, second from left, with the cast of 'Seinfeld'
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, second from left, with the forged of ‘Seinfeld’ | FILES/AFP through Getty Images

How Julia Louis-Dreyfus was forged as Elaine Benes

In 1990, Louis-Dreyfus was forged as Elaine Benes on Seinfeld and she or he advised Television Academy Foundation in 2013 how that transpired.

“I remember thinking to myself, ‘This is so good,’” the actor mentioned, recalling when she regarded over 4 scripts from collection co-creator Larry David.

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“I went and I saw Larry and I met Jerry, having never met him before…and I liked him very much when we met each other. We read a scene together…and it felt very comfortable…So, we made a deal.”

Louis-Dreyfus realized ‘Seinfeld’ was like nothing else on tv

The forged started working instantly on filming the 4 episodes NBC had commissioned. The mom of two had her doubts the present would get picked up for any extra episodes.

“After we did the four [episodes], I remember thinking, ‘This is too good for network television,’ and it’s so ‘off’ as far as what people are used to seeing, what audiences are used to seeing that it probably won’t make it,” she mentioned.

“I imply at the moment, what was on the air? I don’t know, Cosby and Jake and the Fat Man, and Cheers. I don’t imply to disparage these reveals; actually, I’m not. I’m simply saying that the tone of Seinfeld was nothing like these reveals.”

“And then, it got picked up, for thirteen episodes. And then it began.”

The ‘wall of hair’ Elaine Benes wore

In her interview, Louis-Dreyfus humorously tried to clarify Elaine Benes’ hair. She described how, in creating a search for Elaine’s hair, she was impressed by the movie, A Room With A View, based mostly on the ebook by E. M. Forster.

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“OK, look, in my defense,” she started, “initially, the hair. Now, I’ve very curly hair…and across the time when Seinfeld was first beginning, there was this fabulous film that got here out known as Room With A View. And Helena Bonham-Carter performed the lead. And she had her hair on this Victorian factor with this huge wall of hair. And I assumed it was extremely lovely, and it was.”

At this level, the Veep actor mused, “You know, I think Helena Bonham-Carter still wears her hair like that! Yes, she does.”

“And I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, that could work for my hair.’ That’s where my hair came from, that big wall of hair. And it kept growing and growing.”

Louis-Dreyfus’ type for Elaine Benes modified all through every season of Seinfeld, however we’ll all the time bear in mind her hottest “wall of hair” type.

And we’ll by no means have a look at Helena Bonham Carter the identical method.

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