April 9, 2014 at 9:14 AM ET
Julia Louis-Dreyfus displays the U.S Constitution in a most original (and shocking) way — on her bare back— for the latest Rolling Stone cover. The actress, whose attire has come a long way from her Elaine Benes days, shared the image on Twitter with a typically wry comment.
She's no less revealing inside the pages of the magazine. The "Veep" star, whose HBO series returned for a third season Sunday, is frank with her political beliefs and friendly with real-life vice presidents. Louis-Dreyfus points out in her interview that Al Gore "did win (the 2000 presidential election), by the way," and talks about a memorable dinner with current VP Joe Biden. "He loves to tell stories, and I'm a good listener," she says in the article. "I loved that dinner. There was no cynicism, just a very earnest jubilation about being there."
The actress also loves all the swearing she gets to do on a cable show. "(Cursing) was not a part of the curriculum in high school, and the fact that it is now part of the curriculum of my life is a pleasure, which is the understatement of the universe," she says.
Louis-Dreyfus has now been a major part of four TV sitcoms, including "Seinfeld," "Watching Ellie" and "The New Adventures of Old Christine," putting her in a rarefied space for female comedians. "Seinfeld" creator Larry David reveals in the Rolling Stone piece that when he was looking to cast someone opposite Jerry Seinfeld, he remembered her from her "Saturday Night Live" days as "bright, charming — striking, actually — and she had a great disposition."
One other tidbit revealed in the story: Yes, Louis-Dreyfus is wealthy from her long, successful career, but she's by no means a billionaire despite her father being part of a global conglomerate, the Louis Dreyfus Group. But it's his business, not the actress, that's worth all that money.
"It's unbelievable, because whatever I do, people just assume it's true," she tells Rolling Stone. "Welcome to the (expletive) Internet."
The new issue of Rolling Stone will be on newsstands and in the iTunes App Store on Friday, April 11.