‘Seinfeld’ Writers Thought Elaine Would Ruin Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Career

Seinfeld has become one of the most iconic shows over the years. The beloved and comical cast won over the hearts of viewers everywhere. Well after the series has come to an end, fans and viewers still partake in rewatching the comedy-based show.

To be exact, the popular series has managed to produce over 3 billion dollars since the series concluded. Find out more about the premise of Seinfeld and why some of the show’s writers were so concerned about Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ career

A look back at the popular and famous series ‘Seinfeld’ 

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For nine seasons, Seinfeld dominated its airtime with its unique comedy and quirky characters. Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld are the creators of the series that ended up becoming legendary.

The NBC network show initially premiered in 1989. The premise of the show centered around a close group of friends who live in New York City who get themselves in every situation imaginable. Jerry Seinfeld, Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander, and Michael Richards were some of the talented individuals to make up the cast. 

Who did Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ character on the NBC Network show ‘Seinfeld’? 

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The situation got a little too hairy for Elaine.

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Though Seinfeld was clearly the main character of the series, the audience had the opportunity to get to know and love each member of the cast. When it came to Louis-Dreyfus’ character her bizarre but authentic nature made her a crowd favorite.

Louis-Dreyfus took on the infamous role of Elaine Benes. In the series it becomes apparent that Elaine and Jerry have a romantic past, however, the two are depicted as best friends throughout the show.

She had a lot of memorable moments throughout the series. The character was famous for her usage of “yada, yada, yada.” In one episode she is speaking to Jerry when she says: “I met this lawyer, we had dinner, we had the lobster bisque, we went back to my place, yada yada yada, I never heard from him again.”

As Jerry pointed out, “yada, yada, yada” was Elaine’s way of leaving out the best details. Many people loved Elaine’s character. Elaine was typically associated with her witty banter and odd sense of style, but that is not at all.

What did the writers of ‘Seinfeld’ think about Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ dancing? 

Spike Feresten is one of the well-known and celebrated writers to work on Seinfeld over the years. Recently, Feresten shared a haunting memory of Louis-Dreyfus’ character.

David, one of the show’s creators, was hesitant to approve one of Feresten’s scenes, and once David left, Feresten went ahead and got the episode he envisioned. David’s reluctance had everything to do with the content.

He didn’t believe having Elaine share her dance moves was a good move at all, and he wasn’t alone. Another writer questioned how it would affect Louis-Dreyfus’ career in the long run. When it came time to film another writer had asked Feresten: “Are you sure about this? Are you sure you’re not ruining Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s career?”

Though Feresten wasn’t completely sure, the decision seemed to pay off in the end. The following year Louis-Dreyfus won an Emmy for her acting in Seinfeld. Despite George describing the dancing as a “full-body dry-heave” the moves seemed to work for Louis-Dreyfus. 

In 1998 Seinfeld sadly came to an end with “The Finale.” The New York City series had a successful and long run.

In today’s day and age, many fans and viewers are still able to indulge in reruns. Though the world almost didn’t get to see Louis-Dreyfus’ neurotic dance moves, fans and viewers were probably happy they went through with it in the end.