The actor recalled how he was not pleased when the series’ co-creator Larry David told him that George Costanza was marrying Susan. “We could do the most horrible things to her, and the audience was still on my side,” Alexander said with a laugh.
Here’s what he said, in part:
I and the cast really liked and like Heidi. She is a kind, lovely person who undoubtedly worked really hard to create Susan and that character was clearly what Larry and Jerry wanted her to be for George. I just felt I was on uncertain ground in how to play off that character and I was always concerned that it wasn’t working.[…] Heidi would always ask if there was anything in the scenes she could do or if I had any thoughts. She was generous and gracious and I am so mad at myself for retelling this story in any way that would diminish her. If I had had more maturity or more security in my own work, I surely would have taken her query and possibly tried to adjust the scenes with her. She surely offered. But, I didn’t have that maturity or security.[…] And now with distance, I can look at those episodes and see that there was a fun relationship there between George and Susan. It works perfectly. I simply couldn’t see it or find it at the time.
On Thursday, Alexander apologized to Swedberg in an elaborate Twitter post for publicly revealing that insider scoop. “Ok folks, I feel officially awful. Yesterday on @Sternshow, I retold a story I had told years ago about my personal difficulties and insecurities in playing George against the Susan that Heidi Swedberg created,” he shared. “The impetus for telling this story was that Howard said, ‘Julia Louis-Dreyfus told me you all wanted to kill her.’ So I told the story to try and clarify that no one wanted to kill Heidi.”
“To Heidi, I personally apologize. You are a sweetheart,” Alexander noted. “I actually launched into this on Stern to defend you. But this is why I’m not a lawyer. Now everybody, calm down and just enjoy the reruns and think, ‘why did he think this wasn’t working? This is great.'”
Forgot how Susan met her untimely death?