Julia Louis-Dreyfus Shares Update on Breast Cancer Battle
The 'Veep' star also called a table read for the first episode of the final season a "huge comfort and joy."
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is happy to be back with her "amazing" cast for the final season of Veep.
After announcing that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer last month, the former TV president revealed she completed her second round of chemotherapy in an Instagram photo post on Thursday, something that drew quick support from her close-knit co-stars.
The 56-year-old Emmy-winning actress shared a photo of herself dressed in a black hoodie and donning a drawn-on mustache. “Chemo #2: finito. We are NOT fucking around here,” the star and producer of the HBO comedy wrote, telling fans that she’s “got the eye of the tiger.”
The actress shared the news on the same day that she posted a photo of the first table read for the seventh and final season, which will follow her character, Selina Meyer, blazing the campaign trail in hopes of ending up back at the White House. She said reading the "fantastic" script with the show's "amazing" cast and crew was a "huge comfort and joy."
To celebrate their co-star’s progress in her battle against cancer, Veep’s Timothy Simons and Tony Hale recorded a video lip-syncing to Katy Perry’s 2013 song, “Roar.” Prior to the performance, Hale said he would be portraying Louis-Dreyfus, whereas Simons would take on the role of "cancer." The co-stars, who play foe Jonah Ryan and friend Gary Walsh to Selina, respectively, comically sang along to the fiery pop song lines, such as, “I am a champion and you’re going to hear me ROAR.”
Louis-Dreyfus shared the video, praising their support: "How lucky am I that these bozos have my back?"
In September, the actress revealed that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer in a Twitter announcement, writing, “1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one.” Louis-Dreyfus received the diagnosis one day after winning an Emmy for best actress in a comedy series — her sixth consecutive in the category. Veep also took home its third best comedy series trophy.
HBO, the show’s home network, told THR that the production schedule on the show's final season would be adjusted as needed for Louis-Dreyfus.
"Our love and support go out to Julia and her family at this time," the network said in a statement. "We have every confidence she will get through this with her usual tenacity and undaunted spirit, and look forward to her return to health and to HBO for the final season of Veep."
Veep is slated to conclude in 2018.