The 'Veep' star posted on Twitter, "1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I'm the one."
Julia Louis-Dreyfus revealed Thursday that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The Veep star made the announcement to her followers on Twitter, writing, "1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I'm the one."
Her post continued, "The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union. The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let's fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality."
Louis-Dreyfus received the diagnosis just one day after taking home an Emmy for best actress in a comedy series on Sept. 17. According to HBO, the diagnosis had no bearing on the decision to renew Veep for its final season. HBO will adjust the show's production schedule as needed.
"Our love and support go out to Julia and her family at this time," the network said in a statement to THR. "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 creator Armando Iannucci, co-star Tony Hale, Anna Kendrick, Rita Wilson and more stars took to social media to send messages of support to Louis-Dreyfus following the news, applauding her for using the moment to call for universal health care.
"It is possible to be dignified and fierce at the same time. I, and millions others, send Julia our love and support," Iannucci shared.
Kendrick also tweeted, "I don't think I realized how much I love this woman, who I don't know. Love her more for speaking up for others in this moment."
Christina Applegate, who overcame her own battle with breast cancer in 2008, wrote, "Mama, find me. Let's talk if you want."
Later in the day, former vice president Joe Biden tweeted his support for the Veep star, saying, "We Veeps stick together. Jill and I, and all of the Bidens, are with you, Julia."
Louis-Dreyfus' fellow Seinfeld alum Jason Alexander also shared his support for his former co-star in a late night tweet.
Veep will come to an end in 2018 with its seventh season. "We don't want to repeat ourselves or wear out our welcome. The story has a finality to it that feels end-of-series," the actress previously told THR. "I struggled with it. And then it just hit me. It's hard to say goodbye to such a good thing."
Source: Hollywood Reporter