Christina Applegate talks about living with multiple sclerosis and the importance she placed on the end of her acclaimed show ‘Dead to Me’.
The actress, 50, spoke to The New York Times for an article published on Tuesday, ahead of the premiere of the third and final season of her Netflix series later this month. Applegate reflected on what it was like to be diagnosed with MS in the summer of 2021 while filming. At the time, production halted for about five months as she began treatment for the autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system.
“There was the feeling of, ‘Well, let’s go and give her some medicine so she can get better,’” Applegate said. “And there is no better. But it was good for me. I needed to process my loss of my life, my loss of that part of me. So I needed this time.
The performer also noted that after that moment, it wasn’t like she “came to the other side, like, ‘Woohoo, I’m just fine.’ Acceptance? No. I will never accept that. I am pissed.”
She recalled even further, how she started experiencing balance and mobility issues right back in production on the first season of “Dead to Me,” which premiered in May 2019.
“I wish I had been careful,” she said. “But who was I to know?”
During the production hiatus, Netflix had considered shutting down the show indefinitely in light of its health news. But Applegate felt she “had an obligation” to Liz Feldman, the creator of “Dead to Me,” and Linda Cardellini, her friend and costar, as well as the story.
“The powers that be were like, ‘Let’s just stop. We don’t need to finish it. Let’s put some episodes together. I said no. We’re going to do it, but we’re going to do it on my terms,” she said.
And while Applegate said finishing the series was the hardest thing she’s ever done, the team and Cardellini in particular have been supportive and supportive throughout.
“She was my champion, my warrior, my voice,” Applegate said of Cardellini. “It was like having a mother bear.”
But Cardellini told The Times she “just wanted the best for the person I love and love and have the honor to work with.”
It matched his feelings about Applegate from their very first meeting for the show. “I just had the immediate feeling that we were going to support each other,” Cardellini said. “Jen and Judy [their characters in “Dead to Me”] support each other, love each other, help each other through things. Linda and Christina, the same thing.
In addition to securing the final season, it was also important for Applegate to publicize “Dead to Me” before Season 3 premieres on Netflix on November 17.
“It’s the first time anyone is going to see me as I am,” she said. “I gained 40 pounds; I can’t walk without a cane. I want people to know that I’m very aware of all of this.
As for what viewers take away from the final season, the “Samantha Who?” star is hopeful, up to a point.
“If people hate it, if people love it, if all they can focus on is ‘Oh look at the cripple’, that’s not for me to decide,” he said. she declared. “I’m sure people are going to be, like, ‘I can’t live without it.'”
“Alright, don’t go over that, then,” she added. “But hopefully people can move on and just enjoy the ride and say goodbye to these two girls.”
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