Friday 22 September 2017

Shannen Doherty: Return to work helped me fight ‘unimaginable beast’ of cancer

The Charmed star said being back on set for next year’s Heathers remake helped her find the strength to conquer the disease.

Shannen Doherty (Andrea Carugati/PA)
Shannen Doherty (Andrea Carugati/PA)

By Francesca Gosling

Actress Shannen Doherty has credited her return to the filming set with helping her fight the “unimaginable beast” of cancer.

The Charmed star, 46, compared herself to a vintage car that needed “warming up” as she told how working on next year’s TV remake of black comedy Heathers gave her new strength after a two-year fight against the illness.

“As an actor, people bench you. They assume you’re to weak, not able etc etc. and yet it’s something like work that invigorates and renews strength to conquer the unimaginable beast.

“I compared myself to a car today. That vintage Shelby that’s been in the garage too long. It’s still a great car. The best. Just needs time for the engine to warm up and it’s good to go. Performing like it’s supposed to.

“I’m grateful for today. Grateful for everyday. Thank you @heathers for letting me play and be someone else today.

“Great crew, great writers, great cast, great show, great director. #paramountnetwork2018”

Best known for playing witch sister Prue Halliwell in hit US show Charmed, Doherty also played Heather Duke when she starred alongside Wynona Rider and Christian Slater in the original 1988 Heathers movie.

The Memphis-born actress has since been a familiar face on TV screens, with roles in series such as North Shore and Beverly Hills, 90210.

Doherty has spoken openly throughout her cancer battle, sharing pictures and statements on social media as she underwent treatment.

In March she shared a video clip of herself “laughing thru the tears” as she shaved her head for the first time, following chemotherapy.

Press Association

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