Jason Alexander revealed on Wednesday why his “Seinfeld” fiancée Susan was killed off. During an interview with Howard Stern on the “Howard Stern Show,” Jason Alexander explained that Susan’s untimely death after licking the “Seinfeld” couple’s wedding invitations was indeed a matter of chemistry – not in the toxic wedding invitation glue but between the two actors.
Personally, Jason Alexander, who played Susan’s fiancé George Costanza, liked actress Heidi Swedberg, according to a June 3 HitFix report. Professionally, though, the chemistry between the two comedians just never clicked.
“I love her. She’s a terrific girl. I love her. I couldn’t figure out how to play off of her. Her instincts for doing a scene, where the comedy was, and mine, were always misfiring. And she would do something and I would go, okay, I see what she’s gonna do, I’m gonna adjust to her. And then I would adjust. And then it would change!”
At first, Jason Alexander thought that it was just him who had difficulty with the character of Susan. Once he realized that Swedberg’s instincts for doing a comedic scene and his own instincts were always misfiring, he tried to explain it to Jerry Seinfeld and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (playing Elaine) who thought Jason Alexander was crazy – until it was their turn to perform with Susan.
“What Heidi brought to the character is we could do the most horrible things to her, and the audience was still on my side. …She wasn’t playing a bitchy character or anything, but they knew it wasn’t a good fit. …I kept saying, ‘I’m going out of my mind you guys, you’re killing me. I can’t understand how to play off of this girl. I’m sure that the stuff is not working, it can’t be!’…I was the only actor doing scenes with her! And then finally — they didn’t know how the season was gonna end, was George gonna marry her? Was she gonna leave him? What was gonna happen? So finally they do an episode where Elaine and Jerry have a lot of material with her. They do the week…and they go, you know what? It’s f___ing impossible. It’s impossible.’ And Julia actually said, ‘I know, it’s just, don’t you wanna just kill her?’ And Larry went, ‘kebang!”
Jason Alexander shared that the idea of Susan’s untimely death at the end of “Seinfeld” season 7 originated from Julia’s comment, and that it gave co-creator Larry David the perfect plot line and ending for his until then undecided season finale. As for Heidi Swedberg, even though her “Seinfeld” career was short lived, she found her true calling in becoming a teacher and a ukulele performer.