Julia Louis-Dreyfus on her cancer fight
Julia Louis-Dreyfus has said her hit show Veep was a "life-saver" as she battled cancer.
The actress, 58, played fictional vice president Selina Meyer in the political comedy, which wrapped up this year after seven series.
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She said her role gave her something to focus on when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Louis-Dreyfus, who went public with her diagnosis in September 2017, told Entertainment Tonight: "I've had a lot of personal challenges, losses, dear ones in my family, my own battle with cancer."
She said she did not know how she would have handled it all "had I not had this really close intimate relationship with all of these people".
She said: "We linked arms and we tried to do the most joyful funny thing possible as a team. It was like being on a sports team... and that was the most buoying thing, to constantly be coming back to. It really helped me."
The actress went on: "It gave me something to laser focus on during my illness, and I needed to laser focus [on something] beyond my illness, so it was a life-saver."
Louis-Dreyfus revealed in October 2018 that she was cancer-free.
Earlier this year, she said going through six rounds of chemotherapy helped her work out what really mattered in her life.
She told Net-a-Porter's magazine, PorterEdit: "[Cancer] finally crystallised my priorities, which didn't really need that much crystallisation.
"But I would certainly say that I have an even deeper appreciation for the good stuff. That sounds corny, but it's f****** true."
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