Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus announced that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer on Thursday. The actress took to Twitter and Instagram to share the news with her followers.
“1 in 8 women get breast cancer,” Julia wrote on Twitter. “Today, I’m the one.”
Her post continued: “The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and a fantastic insurance through my union. The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality.”
Louis-Dreyfus received the diagnosis just one day after making Emmys history when she took home her sixth consecutive win for lead actress in a comedy for her work on HBO’s acclaimed political satire Veep. With this, she broke the record of the most Emmys won by a performer for a single role.
“This is and continues to be the role of a lifetime and an adventure of utter joy. Thank you so, so much,” she said during her acceptance speech.
According to HBO, Julia’s diagnosis had no bearing on the decision to end Veep with season 7, which writers are currently working. HBO will adjust the show’s production schedule as needed.
“Our love and support go out to Julia and her family at this time,” the network said in a statement. “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.’”
Soon after the news broke, messages began rolling in from Louis-Dreyfus colleagues and famous fans.
“We love this woman,” Veep co-star Tony Hale tweeted. “It is possible to be dignified and fierce at the same time,” creator Armando Iannucci wrote.