Julia Louis-Dreyfus poses nude for Rolling Stone

19:15, Apr 10 2014

It's so appropriate.

Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 53, is naked on the cover of Rolling Stone, wearing nothing but the US Constitution inked on her back.

"In my defense, 'I was in a drunken stupor,' " the actress tweeted as she unveiled the cheeky photo.

In my defense, “I was in a drunken stupor” #crackexcuse http://t.co/Jo0HgFtpho cc: @RollingStone pic.twitter.com/f7SFgCsHBO

Her hit HBO series kicked off its third season on Sunday, and Louis-Dreyfus talks to the magazine about her success in showbiz, from Seinfeld to  The New Adventures of Old Christine  to Veep. And that's only some of her TV work.


Louis-Dreyfus says that while sexism is alive and well in Hollywood, she fights it.

"There is sexism -- I'm not denying its existence," she says. "But I'm saying that I will deny its effort against me. I just pay it no nevermind and say, 'Get out of my way.' "

And as part of her current gig, she recently had dinner with real veep Joe Biden.

"He loves to tell stories, and I'm a good listener," she said. "I loved that dinner. There was no cynicism, just a very earnest jubilation about being there."

Los Angeles Times' columnist Christie D'Zurilla writes Louis-Dreyfus looks "fantastic in the nude ... even if the faux-tattoo on her back is historically inaccurate".

Louis-Dreyfus' back shows part of the US Constitution signed by John Hancock, who famously autographed the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution.

The mistake was quickly picked up on Twitter and even Louis-Dreyfus acknowledged the gaffe, tweeting: "Hancock signed Dec. of Independence NOT Constitution. Yet another Mike f--- up. Dummy," she joked.

Mike McLintock (played by actor Matt Walsh) is Veep's hapless public-relations advisor to Louis-Dreyfus' character Vice President Selina Meyer. 

A spokeswoman for Rolling Stone's publisher told the New York Daily News: "The Declaration of Independence is on the other side, but we couldn't fit in all the signatures."

D'Zurrilla applauded the cover and found the "photographic faux-up" fitted in perfectly with Louis-Drefus' potty-mouthed character.

"Once, when we were trying to come up with the particular perfect, horrible, swear-y thing to say in Veep, I said, 'You do realize that if we were 12, we would get in big trouble for this conversation,'" Louis-Drefus told the magazine. "That was not part of the curriculum in high school, and the fact that it is now a part of the curriculum of my life is a pleasure, which is the understatement of the universe."

The magazine has yet to hit newsstands in the United States.