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The sixth season of Veep doesn’t debut until April 16, but college basketball fans have been getting a good look at Julia Louis-Dreyfus. She and husband Brad Hall have been popping up on arena screens of late, cheering for Northwestern University, which is on the way to Salt Lake City for its first-ever NCAA men’s basketball tournament game on March 16. The Wildcats are seeded eight in the West Region and will face off with No. 9 seed Vanderbilt.
Louis-Dreyfus and Hall met while attending the school in the early 1980s, but that’s not the only reason for their superfan status: Charlie Hall, their 19-year-old son, is a 6-foot-5 walk-on forward with the Wildcats. “It’s been very exciting because we are devoted parents and we’ve been able to continue the helicopter parenting,” the 56-year-old actress said of her hoops habit during a March 13 Veep panel at SXSW. “We go to the games, and if we can’t, we watch on set.”
During the panel, she confirmed that she will be at the team’s tournament debut in Salt Lake City. If Northwestern goes on to win it all, you might even see her do an Elaine dance in person. (She tweeted the infamous Seinfeld boogie on March 12 when Northwestern was invited to the tourney, a move that wasn’t entirely surprising as the team finished the season setting a university record with 23 wins for coach Chris Collins. His father is Doug Collins, onetime NBA All-Star turned coach of the Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers, who now works as a NBA analyst for ESPN.
We’re going to the dance, boys! @NUMensBball making history! #proud #B1GCats #poundtherock #NCAA @marchmadness pic.twitter.com/TpuoqtvxRV
— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) March 12, 2017
A version of this story first appeared in the March 31 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
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