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Julia Louis-Dreyfus says she never thought about leaving 'Veep,' despite cancer diagnosis

Julia Louis-Dreyfus with her trophies for "Veep" at

Julia Louis-Dreyfus with her trophies for "Veep" at the Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 17, 2017.   Credit: AP/ Invision / Jordan Strauss

Julia Louis-Dreyfus says that despite having been diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer last year, she never gave a thought to leaving her acclaimed comedy series "Veep."

"Oh, no," the comedian, 57, told The Washington Post in an interview published Wednesday, explaining, "I love making people laugh, and I love making people cry even, and I find the pursuit of a truthful performance to be deeply satisfying to my core."

Louis-Dreyfus said that, "Originally, I had this idea, well, we'll shoot in between my chemo treatments. . . . I thought I could muscle through it, and to a certain extent, I did, because we did have table reads of scripts every three weeks. But I got really ill, so I couldn't have ever shot anything during that period of time."

She had announced in February that her treatment was going well, tweeting, "Hoorah! Great doctors, great results, feeling happy and ready to rock after surgery. Hey cancer, [expletive] you!" In May, "Veep" cast member Tony Hale told ABC News Radio, "Julia's doing great. She's getting stronger and stronger, so we'll . . . be ready [to start shooting the seventh and final season] by the end of the summer."

"I feel like I'm still a little bit in the throes of it," Louis-Dreyfus told the newspaper when asked if the cancer had changed her perspective on life. "Except what I would say about the fragility of life, as tropey as that sounds — I really do feel like, I guess people die. You go through life not considering the eventual reality that you're going to bite the dust, and so is everybody around you."

On Sunday, Louis-Dreyfus receives The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, comedy's highest honor.

"Veep," which resumed production in August, is scheduled to return this spring. 

The actress has won six Emmy Awards for starring as American vice president, and briefly president, Selina Meyer on the HBO show, plus three as an executive producer and one each for her roles on "Seinfeld" and "The New Adventures of Old Christine."

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