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Julia Louis-Dreyfus brings her impeccable comic timing to her role as the voice of the future Queen of Ant Island. Princess Atta quickly discovers that being at the top of the hill isn't all its cracked up to be. Not only is there a psychopathic grasshopper on the loose but they have a loose cannon, Flik, complicating matters.

Louis-Dreyfus discovered that doing a voice for animation wasn't quite what she expected. "I didn't realize how much fun this role would be, but it turned out to be a riot, says the actress. I was thrilled to get this opportunity to work with these people who are geniuses. Working alone in the recording booth was kind of like solitary confinement -- a bit challenging. But it could be worse. I could have been in a 3,000 gallon tank with a ship sinking.

I don't really mind bugs, she adds. "They have never really freaked me out, so I'm happy to portray them as the friendly little beasts that they are, for the most part. You know how people look like certain animals? I am definitely an ant. That's probably why I got the gig.

As for the technology that went into making A Bug's Life, Louis-Dreyfus admits, I am in awe of this group of filmmakers."

The Emmy Award-winning actress is best known for her role as Elaine Benes on the popular NBC series Seinfeld. In addition to her Emmy, her work on Seinfeld has earned her numerous awards including a 1997 Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and a 1994 Golden Globe for Best Performance in a Series by a Supporting Actress. She is a four time American Comedy Award winner for Funniest Supporting Female in a Television Series and is also the recipient of two Viewers for Quality Television Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

Her feature film credits include Woody Allen's Deconstructing Harry, Hannah and Her Sisters, Father's Day, Soul Man, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Jack the Bear and North. Additionally, she is currently Clairol's Nice and Easy Girl.

Born in New York City and raised in Washington, D.C., Julia became interested in acting at a very early age. While studying theater at Northwestern University she worked extensively as a member of The Practical Theater Company in Chicago. Her innate talent and quick timing eventually led her to the world renowned Second City theater troupe which launched the careers of such comedy innovators as John Belushi, Gilda Radner and Bill Murray. It was during her performance in "The Practical Theater's Golden 50th Anniversary Jubilee that she was asked to join the cast of Saturday Night Live," which she did for three years.

Julia is married to writer and producer Brad Hall. The Saturday Night Live co-stars have known each other since their college days at Northwestern. They've been married for nine years and currently reside in Los Angeles with their sons, Henry and Charlie.

updated 24-Aug-2002


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