Julia Louis-Dreyfus reveals what happened behind the scenes of emotional 'Seinfeld' finale

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus says she was "very undone" on the last day of taping Seinfeld, when the iconic series ended its nine-year run in 1998.

"Oh my God, that was unbelievable, I have to say," she said. "Talk about nostalgic. You know, I think we were all caught by surprise by how emotional we felt. We used to do this thing before [the shoot]. We always would come together in a huddle, the four of us [Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander and Louis-Dreyfus], and put our arms around each other and just do a little getting-jazzed moment together. And on this night, we all got together and we all just started to cry. And it was very surprising. And I remember Jerry saying something like, 'We'll always have this and we'll always be tied to one another, because of this experience.'"

Her eyes moistening, she added: "I can't even talk about it, but it was pretty intense and it was a bittersweet day. It was beautiful, but it was bittersweet. It's hard to say goodbye to good friends."

Asked if she's stayed in touch with her co-stars, she said: "Yes. We don't talk all the time. But it's really great."

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus reveals what happened behind the scenes of emotional 'Seinfeld' finale
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 6 -- Pictured: (l-r) Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Daria, Robert Blake, Eddie Murphy as Buckwheat during the monologue on November 13, 1982 -- Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Julia Louis-Dreyfus as April May June, Brad Hall as Pastor Doug during the 'PTC Club' skit on September 25, 1982 -- Photo by: Al Levine/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1 -- Pictured: Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Martha during the 'Calvin Klein Cream Pies' skit on October 8, 1983 -- (Photo by: Alan Singer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 11 -- Pictured: (l-r) Gary Kroeger as Rory, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Becky during the 'El Dorko' skit on January 28, 1984 -- Photo by: Reggie Lewis/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
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SEINFELD -- 'The Hot Tub' Episode 5 -- Pictured: (l-r)Jerry Seinfeld as himself, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes, Jeremiah Birkett as Jean-Paul (Photo by Barry Slobin/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SEINFELD -- Season 3 -- Pictured: Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30: Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus arrives at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)

The actress was speaking April 6 at Loyola Marymount University's School of Film & TV, where she took part in the ongoing Hollywood Reporter interview series The Hollywood Masters.

She expressed shock at the recent news that Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull had adopted the campaign slogan used by Selina Meyer, the U.S. president (formerly vice president) she plays in HBO's acclaimed comedy series Veep.

"Can you believe it?" she said. "[These parallels] do happen often, but in this instance, this was a guy who's running for [prime minister]. He's using this new campaign slogan, 'Continuity with change or change with continuity,' which was Selina Meyer's campaign slogan. We thought it was the most empty, moronic [idea]. And he's gotten a lot of crap for it at this point. I wonder if he's changed it. He might want to. That, to me, is the most extraordinary example of life imitating art, and back and forth."

Louis-Dreyfus said the current U.S. presidential race had shifted her view of her series: "When we began Veep, we thought of it as a satire, and now we think of it more as a somber documentary."

She said she did not think current politics would change the future direction of Veep, however, or the fine line she treads between satire and reality, which she compared to "threading the tiniest possible needle."

"I don't think so," she said. "I mean, we're not parodying any one particular politician or party, for that matter. We've created this alternate universe on our show. But it's quite remarkable, what's going on right now. In fact, I saw the former president of Mexico on television recently, in response to [Donald] Trump's talking about building this wall: Vicente Fox was saying, 'We're not going to pay for that f-;ing wall.' On television! And I'm like, 'Huh? What's going on, man?' What happened to political discourse? Bye bye."

As to her own politics, she declined to say whether she prefers Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton: "I'm a Democrat, and so I'm just going to be behind whoever the nominee is. Period. End of story. Tried and true Democrat."

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