Julia Louis Dreyfus Opens Up About Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Her Feelings About A ‘Seinfeld’ Reunion

Julia Louis-Dreyfus can currently be seen in her Emmy-winning role as former President Selina Meyer in the final season of HBO’s wickedly funny political comedy “Veep”, and the former “Seinfeld” star opens up for a candid interview in the new issue of Porter Edit.

Prior to the current season of “Veep”, Louis-Dreyfus was diagnosed with breast cancer, and she opens up about her decision to reveal the devastating diagnosis to her 1.2 million Instagram followers.

“If I hadn’t had a show that was relying on me, I don’t know that I would have gone so public with it,” admits the 58-year-old star. “But I had 200 people waiting to go back to work. And I wanted to talk about it in a way that could maybe highlight something important. Universal healthcare was an important issue to me prior to getting this diagnosis, and it certainly is even more so now.”

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However, she says that her cancer diagnosis brought everything in her life into perspective. “[Cancer] finally crystallized my priorities, which didn’t really need that much crystallization. But I would certainly say that I have an even deeper appreciation for the good stuff. That sounds corny, but it’s f**king true,” she explains.

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She also discusses how she continued working while undergoing six rounds of chemotherapy.

“We weren’t shooting, but I read scripts,” she says. “My rounds of chemotherapy were three weeks apart, so at the end of every three weeks I would go in and do table reads. The effects of chemotherapy are cumulative, so I definitely felt that more towards the end, but going to work was a very joyful distraction, and I was so pleased to have the strength to do it. To be creative for a living, to make people laugh or cry, is a f**king gift. I love it and I love hard work to that end.”

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With “Veep” set to bow out at the end of this season, Louis-Dreyfus looks back at that other show for which she’s known, and explains why she has no interest in a “Seinfeld” reunion.

“I don’t want to sully it,” she declares. “It was pretty special and it’s been a long time now. You don’t want to f**k something like that up.”

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You can read more with Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the new issue of Porter Edit.

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