Updated Nov. 16, 2017, 9:00 a.m. PT: While Julia Louis-Dreyfus is fighting cancer, filming for Veep‘s final season is on hold — but that is most definitely not bad news for Veep whatsoever.
During an interview on Sirius XM’s Press Pool, Veep executive producer Frank Rich gave an update on Louis-Dreyfus’ health and how it’s impacting the HBO show.
“Julia is undergoing treatment for breast cancer, and we’re obviously postponing production of the show — we were supposed to have started now — while she’s in treatment,” he said. “But the expectation is that we will shoot again. We have one more season we’re doing, which we’re incredibly excited about.”
In the meantime, Louis-Dreyfus is making as many table reads as she can, so she and the cast will be ready to film once she’s back on her feet.
“Rather impressively, while we wait for her to gather her full strength, around her treatment, we’ve been having, with the cast in Los Angeles, table reads of scripts for the final season as they’re ready. So it’s been quite something because she’s fighting a serious, what is for anybody, a real illness,” Rich said. “And yet, she wants to keep working as much as circumstances allow without being crazy about it. I’ve seen her as recently as 10 days ago and watched her just be hilarious playing Selina Meyer.”
Louis-Dreyfus’ breast cancer diagnosis was devastating, but it’s great to hear she’s staying positive and looking forward to going back to work.
Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus is bringing out the claws for her fight against breast cancer. In a new Instagram post, the actress revealed that she’s kicking chemo’s butt — with a little help from Katy Perry.
“Chemo #2: finito. We are NOT fucking around here,” Louis-Dreyfus posted before launching into lyrics from Perry’s anthemic 2013 hit “Roar,” quoting, “I’ve got the eye of the tiger. The Fighter dancing through the fire cuz I am a champion and you’re going to hear me ROAR.”
In addition to Perry, Louis-Dreyfus thanked her Veep co-stars Tony Hale and Timothy Simons for “their hilarious and loving inspiration.” What that inspiration is, she did not elucidate, but we can only imagine how uplifting they must be on set.
The post marks Louis-Dreyfus’ triumphant return following a brief absence from social media after news broke of her breast cancer diagnosis.
Louis-Dreyfus — who reportedly found out the day after her historic Emmy win — shared the news on her official Twitter account in late September. “1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one,” she said, adding, “The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union.”
In that initial post, the star called for universal healthcare, pointing out that “not all women are so lucky” to have the kind of insurance coverage she does.
And this much is clear: Louis-Dreyfus is a fighter. It seems like a foregone conclusion that she will not only beat this cancer but also work tirelessly to ensure that universal healthcare inches closer to becoming reality in the near future.
Go get ’em, JLD!