Julia Louis-Dreyfus lends her voice to the role of Rochelle in Disney's new animated film "Planes," something the comedic actress jumped at the opportunity to do.
Dreyfus, who was recently nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for her role on HBO's "Veep," surpassing Lucille Ball's record as the most Emmy-nominated actress of all-time with 14 nominations, co-stars in "Planes" alongside Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett and Teri Hatcher among many others, who all lend their vocal talents to roles in the new Disney film, set to land in theaters on Aug. 9.
"Planes" tells the story of a crop-dusting plane named Dusty, who although is fearful of heights, dreams of one day competing as an air racer. "Planes" is a spinoff franchise of Pixar's wildly successful "Cars" franchise.
"Planes" held its premiere at the El Capitan Theatre on Aug. 5, 2013 in Hollywood, California (see PHOTOS).
Teri Hatcher, who voices Dottie in the film, recently sat down with OTRC.com to discuss her role (see INTERVIEWS).
Check out 3 questions answered by Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
1. What made you decide to do a movie like "Planes?"
"Why wouldn't I do a movie like 'Planes'? First of all, I love doing animation, I love it, and I loved the story of this movie because it's so fundamentally appealing, you know, the underdog story, facing your fears, against all odds, going for the challenge and then, of course, ultimately triumphing. I also loved the idea of making a film that can be for all generations, that was really fantastic. The fact that I can take my four-year-old niece and my mom to see this movie and everybody's going to get something out of it, that's really fun."
2. You say you love doing animation - is it more freeing?
"It's more freeing and it's not, to do animation. I mean, you don't have to get all dolled up with hair and makeup and an outfit and stuff like that, and you're not working with other actors in the booth. However, you are just working with your voice and although that sounds as if it might be limiting, things can open up as a result. You can do things with your voice that you wouldn't normally do if you were using your entire body and so on and I just like that, I like the challenge of that. I think it's really exciting."
3. What is it about your character that you love in this film?
"Well, she's tough. She flies with the guys, she really doesn't take anybody's dot dot dot she's tough, that's what I like about her. She's a tough, sexy airplane and that's the kind of plane I'd be, if I were a plane. Probably more tough than sexy but she doesn't hold back and she's got an agenda, which is to be a part of this race and I like that, too."
(Watch video of Julia Louis-Dreyfus' interview with OTRC, where she answers more questions about "Planes," by clicking the image above.)
Reporting by Karl Schmid of KABC Television, which produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" ((check for local TV listings).