On Thursday’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Veep star and producer Julia Louis-Dreyfus mad her first TV appearance since her stage 2 breast cancer diagnosis in September 2017.
“I feel really good. I’m not just saying that. I’m good, I’m here,” Louis-Dreyfus told Kimmel last night. “I know we have to get this cancer shit out of the way, so bring on the questions.”
The iconic comedian assured the late-night host that, “I feel very strong. I’m back at work on Veep, which is amazing.”
The cast and crew were hard at work on the final season of the HBO sitcom Veep when Louis-Dreyfus received the shocking news last year. Production on Veep was delayed to give its star actor the time she required to treat the cancer and recover. While in chemotherapy, Louis-Dreyfus shared her experiences on social media. She chose to share such intimate details about her wellbeing to open a conversation about healthcare in this country.
“We had to stall Veep production because of my situation,” she explained. “A lot of people worked for me and I knew I couldn’t really keep it private because I had to tell everyone what was going on. And then I sort of embraced that. I got a lot of positive feedback. I think people liked the fact that I had a sense of humor about it and also, I think it’s an important conversation to have about health and healthcare.”
Healthcare has been an important issue for Kimmel ever since his son, Billy, required heart surgery as a newborn.
“I very much considered the notion that as someone battling this disease, the idea that I might not have health insurance — which I do, thanks to my great union — is completely terrifying,” Louis-Dreyfus added. “Healthcare should be for all. I believed that before, now I really know it.”
The two also discussed the upcoming final season of Veep, premiering on HBO in the spring.
“It’s bittersweet,” she shared with Kimmel. “I adore these people and I adore the show and what we’ve been able to achieve with it.”
The seventh season of Veep follows former President Selina Meyer as she campaigns for a return to the White House. An exact premiere date for the series’ final season has not yet been announced.