Julia Louis-Dreyfus Wants Less Attention at Son's Basketball Games

If the actress' son Charlie and his Northwestern teammates have as much success as they did in the spring during March Madness, you can expect her in the stands with husband Brad Hall cheering the action.
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus and husband Brad Hall watch their son play during a Northwestern basketball game.

Classes at Northwestern University begin in late August on the Evanston, Illinois, campus where Julia Louis-Dreyfus' son, Charlie, is enrolled. And if he and his basketball teammates have as much success as they did in the spring — when they earned a trip to NCAA's March Madness tournament for the first time in school history — you can expect his mom to be in the stands alongside her husband and Charlie's father, Brad Hall, cheering the action.

This time, though, the actress might opt for a more incognito look. "The whole thing was just [mind-blowing] — we couldn't believe any of it," says the five-time Veep Emmy winner about the squad's winning ways. "It's such a good team, they're such great kids, and my son's having a gas, so, I mean, what more could you ask for?" Louis-Dreyfus answers her own question: "I wish they hadn't put me on the Jumbotron so much because you're really there just as a mom!"

Speaking of parental duties, she also said that her son gave her a heads-up before filming a special locker room interview with one of his teammates that went viral thanks to Charlie's comedic talents. "He called me and said, ‘Hey Mom, I’m doing some behind-the-scenes interview stuff,’ and I said ‘Oh that sounds like fun, honey!’ " she recalls of the clip. "Next thing I know I’m watching ESPN and there’s my boy Charlie interviewing people ... and Charles Barkley introduced him! But I’m actually glad I didn’t know [more] because then I’d be wringing my hands thinking, ‘What’s he gonna say? How’s this gonna go over? I need to be there, I have to edit it, I’ve gotta tell him what to do. … But anyway he was fine, he doesn’t need me, it turns out."

A version of this story first appeared in the Aug. 23 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.