"I'm feeling good and I'm moving forward, it looks like," she continued. "And, of course, it's incurable and it's terminal, but aren't we all? Yes?"
Harper said her husband encouraged her to take the role offered in the Up movie.
"My husband made me do the movie because he said 'Val, you really -- we have to see if you can work.' Because I was sitting around and watching television, and it was important that I see."
Up's description of the film, based on a novel by Ronda Rich, has a bit of a dark, "Misery"-like overlay -- the author gets kidnapped by an obsessed fan in the midst of all the romantic cuteness -- but the trailer for the film is all sweetness and light, mirroring Harper's attitude.
"I had a very positive mom and just a great, great solid mom and dad. They were both great. And I've always thought that, you know, life is here to have fun, and to meet people. And I've been always kind of on the positive side of things. But this really brings you up short, when you hear that you have limited time, because then you don't want to waste it. And I would say -- that's my message to everybody. Don't waste the time, because you don't know when you're going to get either a diagnosis like this, or some other challenge in your life."