Julia Louis-Dreyfus feels 'very strong' after beating breast cancer

Lula Sharp
October 21, 2018

"I'm here, and I know we have to get this cancer s- out of the way, so bring on the questions!" she joked during her appearance on last night's Jimmy Kimmel Live, referencing her recent battle.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus joins the cast and showrunner of the television series Veep for a discussion at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Film Interactive Festival 2017 in Austin, Texas, U.S., March 13, 2017.

However, fewer episodes doesn't mean the season was any easier to shoot - in fact, for Louis-Dreyfus, it was one of the most harrowing because she was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer right before filming was scheduled to begin. And then I just sort of embraced that, and I got a lot of positive feedback. "I love making people laugh, and I love making people cry even", she explained, "I find the pursuit of a truthful performance to be deeply satisfying to my core". She also spoke to Kimmel about how health care should be for everyone.

"Originally, I'll be honest with you, something like this journey I'd been on, I normally wouldn't share such a private thing publicly", Louis-Dreyfus shared.

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With her cancer in remission, the actress has returned to work shooting the final season of her acclaimed HBO political comedy Veep, and she says she's "savoring every second of it".

In the months since, she's posted updates on her social media channels.

"I very much considered the notion that, as someone battling this disease, the idea that I might not have health insurance, which I do thanks to my great union, is completely terrifying", she said. Now, I really believe it.

It's inspiring to hear how hard Louis-Dreyfus has been working, and an encouraging sign for fans looking forward to Veep Season 7.

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