Julia Louis-Dreyfus is not leaving her sense of humor behind in her battle against breast cancer. The actress, who is known as Elaine Benes on “Seinfeld”, attended Saks Fifth Avenue’s 20th Anniversary of Key to the Cure as its 2018 ambassador on Thursday, October 18, and took the moment to look back at her fight against the big C.
On the red carpet of the annual charitable initiative, the 57-year-old actress told ET Online once she made the decision to go public with her medical treatment, she kept in mind to stay positive. “I thought, ‘Well, I’m just going to embrace this and attack it and try to do it with a sense of humor,’ ” she disclosed.
Asked why she went public in the first place, the wife of comedian Brad Hall responded, “Originally, I’ll be honest with you, something like this journey I’d been on, I normally wouldn’t share such a private thing publicly.” She went on to explain, “[However], I knew it would get out there because I knew we had to shut down production [on Veep] for a number of months in order to accommodate my situation.”
Back in January, Julia posted on Instagram a video of her sons, 26-year-old Henry and 21-year-old Charlie, lip-syncing to Michael Jackson‘s “Beat It” in celebration of her last day of chemotherapy. When questioned about the video, she gushed, “It had a sense of humor and it had a kind of ‘kick cancer in the a**’ kind of point of view.”
With her cancer now in remission, the Selina Meyer depicter claimed she is “savoring every second” of working on the seventh and final season of her HBO satire series. “All the elements [are coming] together, it’s really kind lightning in a bottle,” she spilled. “So I am relishing every blessed second.”
Julia was named as Key to the Cure ambassador back in September. She teamed up with designer Wes Gordon of Carolina Herrera to design the exclusive, limited edition T-shirt for the campaign. The T-shirt that features the slogan, “We are fighters & we are fighting for a cure,” has been made available for purchase until October 31 at all Saks Fifth Avenue locations in the U.S. and Canada.
Of her involvement with the campaign, the former “Saturday Night Live” star stated, “Every penny from the T-shirt sales benefits the foundation, which helps women who are unable to afford breast reconstruction surgery post-mastectomy. Additionally, the sentiment on the T-shirt is powerful. I’m very proud of the design, and what it stands for, and most importantly, proud to be a part of this wonderful charitable initiative.”
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