Three weeks ago, former Seinfeld sidekick and current VEEP star Julia Louis-Dreyfus announced that she had breast cancer. But a recent Instagram post has reassured fans and fellow cancer combatants that the comedian hasn’t lost her sense of humour.
Louis-Dreyfus demonstrated her fighting spirit to the world by drawing on a curly mustache, pulling on a hood and writing out some of the lyrics from Katy Perry‘s powerful song “Roar” in the caption of her post. The lyrics that she chose to transcribe call upon strength-related metaphors and promise that “you’re going to hear [her] ROAR” as she fights the disease. What a great way to inspire other people with cancer to stay strong.
The 56-year-old actor initially made her diagnosis public on September 23 over Twitter, where she used the announcement to help raise awareness for women fighting breast cancer who may not have the “glorious support” or “fantastic insurance” that she has.
Just when you thought… pic.twitter.com/SbtYChwiEj
— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) September 28, 2017
This support comes not only from her medical team, but also from her friends and colleagues who have taken to social media to offer encouragement and love.
We love this woman. pic.twitter.com/EqvF6HXpj0
— Tony Hale (@MrTonyHale) September 28, 2017
We Veeps stick together. Jill and I, and all of the Bidens, are with you, Julia. pic.twitter.com/JP0c2wtrJ6
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 28, 2017
@OfficialJLD so sorry you have to go thru this, pal, but I know you will prevail. We are here if/when you need and we love you. ❤️🌈
— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) September 29, 2017
A source at HBO told Hollywood Reporter that Louis-Dreyfus learned of the diagnosis one day after the most recent Emmy Awards, where she won her sixth consecutive Outstanding Actress Emmy for her role as hardened and hilariously potty-mouthed former senator, Selina Meyers.
“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,” said the actor’s rep.
Her undaunted spirit was certainly on display in this most recent Instagram post. It’s clear that Louis-Dreyfus is a fighter, both onscreen and off, and no amount of chemotherapy will change that.
Though filming for the hit comedy will be adjusted to accommodate the star’s treatment, Louis-Dreyfus is set to return to her role on VEEP next year during the show’s final season.