Julia Louis-Dreyfus opens up on cancer battle and says she’s ‘happy to be alive’

Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus opened up about how she's feeling following her battle against cancer in an interview with Vanity Fair. Source: Getty

Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus has opened up following a tough fight with breast cancer, which saw her undergo six rounds of chemotherapy and a double breast mastectomy, revealing she is “very happy to be alive” having beaten the disease.

The former Seinfield star opened up about her journey back to health during an interview with magazine Vanity Fair, explaining the hardships she faced after her diagnosis in 2017 and how she made it through the fight. Around two years since making her breast cancer diagnosis public, the 58-year-old said she’s doing much better and is grateful for her health.

“I hate to have to think about it,” she told Vanity Fair. “But I’m very happy to be alive.”

Meanwhile, the popular comedian also opened up about the challenges she faced when she announced her diagnosis on social media. While difficult to begin with, Louis-Dreyfus claimed in the end it helped her throughout the journey due to the constant stream of support she got from her dedicated fans. She also reflected on the various treatments she underwent and how she felt at the time not knowing whether it would work or not.

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“There is that moment that you have when you’re like, ‘is this it for me’?” she explained to the magazine. “Because you know everybody here in this room is going to come across that moment in their life, but you never think you will. “I’m still working it out, to be honest with you. I’m glad I got through it, but there’s a part of me that’s still a little frightened, you know?”

The actress also took to social media at the release of the magazine this week, posting a stunning cover photo of Vanity Fair to her Instagram account. Louis-Dreyfus looked absolutely stunning in the photo, wearing an extravagant light pink feather gown and a pair of striking silver heels. “Just another day at work. Thanks @VanityFair for this swanky cover,” she wrote alongside the gorgeous magazine cover.

Her appearance in the magazine comes months after her return to work in August last year, almost 12 months after she revealed her breast cancer diagnosis to the public. Celebrating her success and return to HBO’s hit series Veep, Louis-Dreyfrus shared a funny selfie with her co-stars round a huge table, looking glowing as she beamed up to the camera. While she had minimal make-up on, she wore glasses and flashed a wide grin in front of everyone from Tony Hale and Matt Walsh, to Anna Chlumsky, Gary Cole and more cast members.


“Guys, we just learned how to take a picture of ourselves on my phone! How cool is this? @veephbo Table read episodes 2 & 3 Season 7, baby!” She wrote.

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