Christina Applegate multiple sclerosis diagnosis: Actress discusses her resolve to finish the final season of ‘Dead To Me’



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Christina Applegate opens up about living with multiple sclerosis, and how finishing the hit show “Dead to Me” was important to her.

The actress, 50, spoke to the New York Times in an article published on Tuesday, ahead of the premiere of the third and final season of her Netflix series later this month. Applegate revealed what it was like to be diagnosed with MS in the summer of 2021 during filming. At the time, production was shut down for five months as he began treatment for an autoimmune disease affecting the nervous system.

“There was a sense of, ‘Well, let’s find a drug to make him better,'” Applegate said. “And there is nothing better. But it was fun for me. I had to consider the loss of my life, the loss of that part of me. I needed that time.”

The actress also noted that after that time, it wasn’t like she “came to the other side of it, like, ‘Woohoo, I’m totally fine.’ Acceptance? No, I will never accept this. I’m pissed off.”

He recalled even further back, how he began to find balance and mobility issues early during the production of the first season of “Dead to Me,” which began in May 2019.

“I wish I had paid attention,” he said. “But who was I to know?”

During the production hiatus, Netflix considered canceling the show indefinitely due to his health issues. But Applegate felt she had an “obligation” to both Liz Feldman, the creator of “Dead to Me,” and Linda Cardellini, her friend and costar, and the story.

“The powers that be were like, ‘Let’s stop. We don’t have to finish it. Let’s put together a few episodes.’ I said, ‘No. We’re going to do it, but we’re going to do it on my terms,’” he said.

And while Applegate said finishing the series was the hardest thing he’s ever done, the crew and Cardellini, in particular, had his back and supported him throughout.

“He was my champion, my hero, my voice,” Applegate said of Cardellini. “It was like having a mother bear.”

But Cartellini told The Times that he “wanted the best for someone I love and care about and have the honor of working with.”

It matched her feelings for Applegate right from their first meeting on the show. “I just had a feeling right away that we were going to have each other’s backs,” Cardelini said. “Jen and Judy [their characters in “Dead to Me”] support each other, love each other, help each other with things. Linda and Christina, it’s one thing.”

In addition to making sure to finish the final season, it was important for Applegate to make the announcement of “Dead to Me” before the Season 3 premiere on Netflix on November 17.

“This is the first time anyone has seen me like this,” he said. “I put on 40 pounds; I can’t walk without support. I want people to know that I know all this. ”

In terms of viewers’ takeaways from the season finale, “Who’s Samantha?” star hope, level.

“If people hate it, if people love it, if all they can focus on is, ‘Oh, look at the lame,’ it’s none of my business,” he said. “I’m sure people will be like, ‘I can’t go through with it.’ ”

“Okay, don’t end there,” he added. “But hopefully people can stop by and enjoy the ride and say goodbye to these two girls.”

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