Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the Emmy Award-winning star of HBO comedy series “Veep,” took to Twitter to announce that she was diagnosed with breast cancer, using the difficult news as an opportunity to advocate for cancer research and healthcare reform.
“1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one,” Louis-Dreyfus posted in a picture message on Twitter, alongside the caption, “Just when you thought…”
Just when you thought… pic.twitter.com/SbtYChwiEj
— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) September 28, 2017
“The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union,” she continued. “The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal healthcare a reality.”
Louis-Dreyfus was quickly met by an outpouring of support from fans and fellow Hollywood actors alike.
“We love this woman,” wrote “Veep” co-star Tony Hale as a caption to Louis-Dreyfus’s message as droves of commenters echoed the message.
We love this woman. pic.twitter.com/EqvF6HXpj0
— Tony Hale (@MrTonyHale) September 28, 2017
Louis-Dreyfus told HBO about her diagnosis earlier this month, the day after she won her sixth consecutive Emmy for lead actress in a comedy for “Veep,” CNN reported. Although the show will end in its seventh season, which writers are currently working on, the network insisted that the decision was not based on Louis-Dreyfus’s health and noted that the production schedule will be arranged around her if needed.
“Our love and support go out to Julia and her family at this time,” HBO 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.’”