Jason Alexander and Heidi Swedberg on “Seinfeld” in 1997, her last year on the show.
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Alexander said Swedberg “f—g impossible” to work with.
George likes his gossip spicy.
“Seinfeld” actor Jason Alexander revealed the reason his character’s fiancée Susan was killed off by toxic envelopes was because the actress who played her was “f—g impossible” to work with.
Susan Ross, a one-time NBC exec whose on-again-off-again relationship with George played out over two seasons, was played by Heidi Swedberg.
Chatting with Howard Stern Wednesday, Alexander said he loved Swedberg as a person, but her acting style drove him nuts.
“I couldn’t figure out how to play off of her,” Alexander, 55, said. “Her instincts for doing a scene, where the comedy was, and mine were always misfiring.”
“She would do something and I would go, ‘OK, I see what she’s going to do, I’m going to adjust to her.’ And I’d adjust and then it would change.”
Things were so bad, Alexander said, that he considered it “a disaster” when co-creator Larry David called him one day to say that George and Susan would be getting engaged in Season 7.
“[He said] we could do the most horrible things to her, and the audience was still on my side,” Alexander said with a chuckle.
The “Fish in the Dark” actor said he finally got his wish to have Swedberg axed after co-stars Jerry Seinfeld and Julia Louis-Dreyfus had several scenes with her.
“[Both of them said], ‘You know what? It’s f-ing impossible,” Alexander said.
“And Julia actually said … ‘Don’t you want to just kill her?’ And Larry went ‘kabang!’ Now we gotta kill her!'” he laughed.
In the last episode of Season 7, Susan famously bit the dust from poisoning after licking dozens of cheap envelopes George had bought for their wedding invitations.
These days, Swedberg fronts a ukulele band and works as a kids music teacher.
She worked steadily for about a decade after “Seinfeld” went off the air but hasn’t acted since 2010, according to IMDB.
Jump to 26:30 to hear Alexander discuss Susan on “Seinfeld”
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