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Julia Louis-Dreyfus and David Duchovny Talk Race and Comedy in You People

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and David Duchovny Talk Race in You People

The cast of You People unpack race and relationships with Advocate Today.

Netflix's new romantic comedy You People breaks down the complexities of race and family dynamics through the medium of comedy.

The movie follows the story of Ezra (Jonah Hill) and Amira (Lauren London), a young interracial couple who "reckon with modern love" as they navigate their relationship with each other, as well as with their families. Through societal expectations and generational differences, the group is forced to have difficult but necessary conversations.

Julia Louis Dreyfus and David Duchovny | Advocate Today

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and David Duchovny play Ezra's parents in the movie, who both have problematic views. Duchovny believes that the humor of the movie was able to tackle those views, leaving room for discussion.

"Funny stuff just opens up the room and opens up the windows. It lets air into the room," he tells Tracy E. Gilchrist of Advocate Today, "I think it's just necessary that we that we all just take a step back and laugh and then then go back at it again and then let's have another discussion."

While You People features difficult conversations, it also promises laughter. It not only stars Saturday Night Live alumnus Louis-Dreyfus, but also features comedian Eddie Murphy. Louis-Dreyfus shares that she hadn't worked with Murphy since their time on SNL together, but that "it was a joy" to work with him again.

"To work with Eddie again was just hilarious," she says. "I can't believe we've been in the business so long that it felt like when we saw each other, it was like a high school reunion of sorts."

Comedy permeates through the cast of You People, as Travis Bennett — also known as the rapper Taco — who plays Amira's brother Omar, adds that he "does a lot of things with humor, because it just gives a lightness to things."

"I think that it's important to have some conversations that are hard to have," he says. "And I think humor lightens it all up, and it just makes it a lot easier to confront somebody if you say a joke or two."

When it comes to understanding the racial struggles presented in the movie and applying them to reality, Sam Jay adds that "the only way you can ever really get it is to ask questions. But not presume you understand just because you've consumed some art or bought an outfit."

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