Christina Applegate is talking openly about having multiple sclerosis and why it was crucial to her to finish the critically acclaimed show “Dead to Me.” Ahead of the third and final season of the 50-year-old actress’s Netflix series’ upcoming launch later this month, she chatted with the New York Times for an article published on Tuesday.
During filming in the summer of 2021, Christina Applegate discussed what it was like to be diagnosed with MS. She started receiving therapy for the autoimmune condition that affected the central nervous system at the time, which caused output to stop for around five months.
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There was an attitude of, “Let’s get her some medicine so she can get better,” according to Applegate. There is no better, either. But I found it beneficial. I needed to process losing my life and that aspect of myself. I thus required that time.
The performer said it wasn’t as though she “came on the other side of it, like, ‘Woohoo, I’m OK,'” after that point. Acceptance? No. Never will I be able to accept this. I’m furious.
She recalled even further in the past, describing how she initially started to have balance and movement concerns during the filming of the first season of “Dead to Me,” which debuted in May 2019. She said, “I wish I had paid attention. But how could I have known?
“There was the sense of, ‘Well, let’s get her some medicine so she can get better.’ 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 that time.” https://t.co/juM9Mp0p7J
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In light of the news about her health, Netflix has thought about cancelling the show permanently during the production hiatus. Christina Applegate, however, believed that she “had a commitment” to the narrative, Linda Cardellini, her costar and friend, and Liz Feldman, the show’s creator.
The ruling class said, “Let’s quit. We don’t have to complete it. Let’s put together a couple of episodes. I replied, “No. We’re going to do it, but only under my terms,'” she declared.
And while Applegate claimed that finishing the series was the most challenging thing she had ever done, the cast, particularly Cardellini, had her back and helped her every step. Cardellini, in the words of Applegate, “was my voice, my warrior, and my champion.” “Having a mom bear was like that.”
However, Cardellini claimed in an interview with the Times that she merely “wanted the best for the person that I love, care for, and have the honour to work with.” It was consistent with how she had felt about Applegate when they first met for the show. Cardellini remarked, “I immediately had the impression that we would have each other’s backs.
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“Jen and Judy [their characters in “Dead to Me”) encourage, love, and assist each other as they go through difficult times. Christina and Linda are both the same. Along with ensuring that the last season was completed, Applegate felt it was crucial to promoting “Dead to Me” in advance of the November 17 Netflix season 3 debut.
She remarked, “This is the first time anyone will see me this way. “I gained 40 pounds; I need a cane to walk.” I want everyone to know that I’m very conscious of everything. To a certain extent, the “Samantha Who?” star is optimistic about the lessons that fans will learn from the last season.
“It’s not up to me if people hate it, love it, or if all they can think about is, ‘Ooh, look at the cripple,'” she remarked. “I’m certain that some individuals will say, ‘I can’t get over it.'” Then, fine, don’t go past it, she said. But perhaps everyone can move past it to enjoy the voyage and bid these two girls farewell.