Christina Applegate is opening up about living with multiple sclerosis, and ending her popular show “Dead to Me” is important to her.
The actor, 50, spoke to the New York Times about the article published on Tuesday, ahead of the premiere of the third and final season of his Netflix series later this month. Applegate revealed what it was like to receive her MS diagnosis in the summer of 2021 during the filming. At that time, production was shut down for about five months when he began treatment for an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system.
“There was a sense of, ‘Okay, let’s get him some medicine so he can get better,'” Applegate said. “And there is nothing better. But it’s good for me. I had to deal with my loss and my life, my loss with that part of me. So I wanted that moment.”
The actor also noted that after that time, it wasn’t like he “came to the other side of it, like, ‘Woohoo, I’m good.’ Acceptance? Nope. I will not accept this. I’m angry.”
He recalled very far back, how he started to experience walking problems during the production of the first season of “Dead to Me,” which started in May 2019.
“I wish I had listened,” he said. “But who did I know?”
In addition to the production pause, Netflix had decided to shut down the show permanently out of concern for his health. But Applegate felt she “had an obligation” to both 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 stop. We don’t want to end it. Let’s put a few pieces together.’ I said, ‘No. We will do it, but we will do it according to my wishes,” he said.
And when Applegate said finishing the series was the hardest thing she’s ever done, the crew and Cardellini, in particular, had her back and supported her throughout.
“He was my hero, my warrior, my voice,” Applegate said of Cardellini. “It’s like I have a mama bear.”
But Cardellini told the Times that he “only wanted the best for someone I love and care about and I’m honored to work with.”
It was consistent with his feelings on Applegate from their first meeting on the show. “I felt immediately that we were facing each other,” said Cardellini. “Jen and Judy [their characters in “Dead to Me”] support each other, love each other, help each other in things. Linda and Christina, one thing.”
In addition to making sure to complete the final season, it was also important for Applegate to announce “Dead to Me” before Season 3 premieres on Netflix on November 17.
“This is the first time someone sees me as I am,” he said. “I put on 40 kilos; I can’t walk without a cane. I want people to know that I know all of this. ”
As for what viewers take away from the season finale, the “Who’s Samantha?” a hopeful star, to a degree.
“If people hate it, if people love it, if all they look at is, ‘Ooh, look at the disability,’ it’s not for me,” he said. “I’m sure people will be like, ‘I can’t get over it.'”
“Well, don’t overdo it, then,” he added. “But hopefully people can come through and enjoy the ride and say goodbye to these two girls.”