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EXCLUSIVE! Gabourey Sidibe & Laura Linney Dish About What Makes Cancer Funny In Their New Show ‘The Big C’

Fri, July 30, 2010 7:15am EDT by Add first Comment
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Courtesy of Showtime chatted with the two stars of Showtime’s new fall comedy about how they manage to make us LOL about melanoma!

Stage four cancer isn’t something we’d usually laugh about, but Showtime’s new show, The Big C, is changing that! Starring award-winning actresses Laura Linney and Gabourey Sidibe, The Big C is a comedy about an uptight school teacher from Minneapolis who’s finally living life now that she’s battling life-threatening melanoma.

“It’s so smart; it’s so endearing and it’s such a really wonderful script that I wanted to really be a part of it,” Gabourey — who plays a mean and snotty student — told us exclusively after a TCA panel in Beverly Hills July 29, adding, “And, of course, I don’t turn my nose to the great Laura Linney, who is amazing!”

Laura, 46, told us her character, Cathy, has felt inhibited for years, but becomes increasingly more laid back as she becomes more ill.

“I think its all about who you really want to be. There is a sense of liberation in a way, which is so odd…when you’re dying, you are sort of liberated to do what you want to do, to give your self permission,” the actress said, explaining that the show has a positive message. “I would say, don’t wait until you get cancer to do to stuff that will make you happy. That is a important lesson.”

The Big C premieres Aug. 16, but you can check out the first episode in the video below!

–Kirstin Benson with reporting by Russ Weakland