Julia Louis-Dreyfus opens up on battle with breast cancer and final season of her hit show ‘Veep’
ABC(NEW YORK) — Julia Louis-Dreyfus will soon bid farewell to her character Selina Meyer as the hit show Veep enters its sixth and final season.
On Monday, Louis-Dreyfus stopped by Good Morning America to talk about the end of the show, and her new beginning as a cancer survivor.
A day after Veep won her another Emmy in 2017, Louis-Dreyfus stunned fans with her announcement that she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The star said she is doing well today.
“I’m completely back,” Louis-Dreyfus told GMA‘s Robin Roberts, with Julia explaining why she used social media to share her journey as Veep stalled production while she sought treatment. “I think I reached a lot of people. I was able to raise a lot of money for women who have had mastectomies, who need reconstruction but insurance doesn’t cover that, and I was really happy to be able to do that. The outpouring of support was quite overwhelming.”
Louis-Dreyfus said laughter from her kids and Veep coworkers was the best medicine as she underwent treatment.
As for Veep coming to a close, she called it a “creative decision,” but a “bittersweet” one.
“The final episode I walked in…I saw Tim Simmons who plays Jonah Ryan…huge tall man bawling like a baby and that was it, I was slayed,” Louis-Dreyfus said. “The rest of the week was just nothing but tears, happy tears, but tears because we’re a very, very close-knit group of people — really truly.”
“Each day, certain characters would wrap out their season and finish and what would happen is everybody came to set,” she added. “So the set was packed with over 100 people…to give a hug to whoever it happened to be….”
The final season of Veep premieres Sunday on HBO.
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