SNL Producer Once Sexually Harassed Julia Louis-Dreyfus Over Her Curly Hair
11:00 am, April 23rd | by Amy Tennery
Sometimes, however, all it takes is not blowdrying your hair.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus learned this the hard way during her first year at Saturday Night Live, as she told the Glass Shallot. After all, as anyone familiar with Elaine Benes is aware, the gal has some naturally curly locks. And there she was, a 20-year-old first-year on SNL being all rebellious and whatnot, with her hair that was real and curled and whatever. Rebel.
But then Louis-Dreyfus did a sketch during one episode in which her hair was blown straight (this was because the character she was playing had straight hair, as she’s careful to point out). And, wow, did that get a reaction, Louis-Dreyfus recalls:
“The following day, I was called into one of our producers’ offices… he said to me ‘Julia, I got a call from a bunch of NBC executives after last night’s show, and they said that after seeing your hair straight, they all wanna f–k you.’”
Well. If that’s not motivation enough right there, I don’t know what is. Get thee to a flatiron, woman!
I’m kidding, of course. And as we all know, Louis-Dreyfus embraced her curly-haired self after SNL, heroically lasting several years without straight locks on Seinfeld. It was a triumph of the human spirit.
Maybe it’s because I just saw her on Veep last night (and it was amazing, by the way) and I’m thinking of her in a solely political context at the moment, but I can’t help but be reminded of Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s “It Gets Better” video at this moment.
Let’s revisit and give thanks for curly-haired rebels.