Star Mom: Julia Louis-Dreyfus


What are your family's favorite things to do together?
Well we're very water-oriented people, so my two boys and my husband surf, and I sit on the beach and watch them; we water-ski; we're also skiers. Now my littlest is old enough so we can all ski together as a family, which is just so thrilling!

We're all avid readers; we all cozy up on our beds, where we all read our own books. We haven't read a book aloud in a long time, and I was just thinking the other day that that would be a fun thing to do. It's fun to have a book read to you even if you can read.

What do your kids like to read?
My youngest son right now is reading the Hardy Boys series. He's on number five, and he just adores it! My older son, he reads sort of grown-up things now. There's nothing like when your kids find books that they love and just can't put down.

Is it hard to find time for you?
I'm a runner '- in fact, I'm sitting here in my running clothes. I love to cook, planning meals, stuff like that. We usually cook during the week, but it gets a little dull sometimes. I'm going to try to come up with something fun to make this weekend.

I'm also nesting in a big way, doing a lot of cleaning. I know it sounds strange, but it's actually restful to me just organizing the house, so that's another way I kind of chill out.

Which room is giving you the most issues?
Oh the basement, the basement! I've got boxes of photographs and all sorts of crap I just have to get through. But I'm going to. It's a top priority!


So what are the funniest things, to you, about being a mom?
I can't even begin to answer that question '- it's wild! And nothing like what you'd expect. I guess I would just say that it's always a delight to have your children surprise you.

Seinfeld was known for its catchphrases. Do have any parenting catchphrases?
Yeah! I always say "Keep your hands off each other!" And "Roughhousing leads to tears" is a phrase that's uttered many times in our house.

How do they respond?
They roll their eyes. I think they just ignore me, and then, of course, somebody's crying in 10 minutes.

We have to ask: Now that your kids are older, do you let them watch old Seinfeld episodes?
Which episode was on the other night that was completely inappropriate? It might have been the contest episode, which is, of course, all about masturbation. I turned it off immediately! It was not a good idea for them to be watching that '- certainly not the eight-year-old! I'm not keen to have him watch a lot of them at this point.

For someone who's achieved so much already, is there anything you'd still like to accomplish?
I would like any good role that comes my way. I'm not done '- let's just put it that way. I want to keep working. As long as the roles are out there, I'll try to get 'em.

And in your role as mom?
I never want that to stop! I love it; I love it; I love it! I just wish I could slow it down '- I wish I could bottle it, actually, and keep it forever.

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