Julia Louis-Dreyfus has had ‘a rough couple of years’ with cancer treatment, sister’s death

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is back at work on the final season of her hit HBO comedy “Veep,” but there have been plenty of tears as well as laughter recently for the much-lauded, award-winning actress.

Louis-Dreyfus, who has won six Emmys for her portrayal of politician Selena Meyer in “Veep,” talks about her recovery from breast cancer, which was discovered last year, and briefly about her sister’s death this summer in a new profile in The New Yorker.

The eight-time Emmy winner – six for “Veep,” one each for portrayals on “Seinfeld” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine” – reveals the emotional demands of the illness and treatment.

“You know if you get on a horse and you have really tight reins and the horse is galloping?” she tells the New Yorker. “I felt like I had really tight reins on myself. That’s what it felt like: I was just holding on tight.”

The magazine said she then rolled her eyes, before saying, “I’ve had a really rough year, blah, blah, blah – you know, we’re getting through it.” She pauses. “I had a rough couple of years, actually.”

Louis-Dreyfus, 57, married to writer-producer Brad Hall and the mother of two sons in their 20s, learned she had breast cancer just as she was winning her most recent Emmy in September 2017.

Initially, the story says, Louis-Dreyfus planned to continue shooting the show during her chemotherapy treatment, but it was eventually decided production would be put on hold.

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