Published 7:42 PM EDT Oct 19, 2018
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is in remission and opening up about why she decided to make her cancer battle public.
"Originally, I'll be honest with you, something like this journey I'd been on, I normally wouldn't share such a private thing publicly," Louis-Dreyfus told Entertainment Tonight Thursday. "(However), I knew it would get out there because I knew we had to shut down production (on 'Veep') for a number of months in order to accommodate my situation."
"So, then I thought, 'Well, I'm just going to embrace this and attack it and try to do it with a sense of humor,'" she added. "I was really pleased with the reaction."
The "Seinfeld" alum shared her breast cancer diagnosis with the world in September 2017, just days after winning her sixth consecutive Emmy for her portrayal of Selina Meyer on “Veep.”
“One in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I'm the one,” she said.
With the support of her “caring family and friends” and her “fantastic insurance,” Louis-Dreyfus underwent chemotherapy, while production of the show was put on hold.
In February, she shared her progress: “Great doctors, great results, feeling happy and ready to rock after surgery."
When the star returned to the set of "Veep" in August, she released an emotional video in which she can be seen telling the crew she was "grateful" for their flexibility during her illness. “I really appreciate everyone coming back and working it out to come back,” she said. “Thank you very much, love you guys.”
Louis-Dreyfus spoke to ET at Saks Fifth Avenue's 20th Anniversary of Key To The Cure event, an annual charitable initiative to fight cancer. The actress, an ambassador for the initiative, has designed a new shirt for sale in Saks stores that will benefit the AiRS Foundation, a nonprofit that helps women with the cost of breast reconstruction after a mastectomy.
The seventh and final season of "Veep" will return in 2019.