Christina Applegate reveals role on ‘Dead to Me’ may be last due to MS diagnosis

Christina Applegate has revealed that the third and final season may be the last time fans will see her on screen.

The 50-year-old “The Anchor” star told Variety that her role as Jen Harding in the hit Netflix series could be her last acting job due to her ongoing battle with multiple sclerosis.

“Jan Harding is the one who, who knows, will probably be the last time I’ll play. My illness, I don’t know how capable I am,” Applegate said.

Christina Applegate revealed that she was "dead to me" Possibly her last acting job.

Christina Applegate has revealed that her role in ‘Dead to Me’ may be her last acting job.
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She continued, “But it’s a gift. It’s a gift to me.”

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In August 2021, the “married…with children” alumnus revealed that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis a few months earlier, a chronic disease that affects the brain and central nervous system.

Applegate was filming the final season of “Dead to Me” when he received his diagnosis. Production on the show was suspended for about five months while she began treatment.

“I was diagnosed at work and I had to call everyone and be like, ‘I have multiple sclerosis, guys. Like, what the fuck!’,” she said.

Applegate continued, “Then it’s about a kind of learning — we’re all learning — what I’m going to be able to do.”

“It has to be cold, because heat is our kryptonite. Those 18-hour days can’t work, you know? That’s impossible.”

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She told the media that the cast and crew gathered around her “very lovingly.”

“If I called them in the morning and I said, ‘Guys, I can’t go down the stairs,’ they’d say, ‘Okay! We’re not doing it today. We’re going to do something else.’ Netflix even gave us a few months off , so I can mourn and seek treatment,” Applegate said.

The Emmy winner said the pain she experienced during filming was palpable to “Dead to Me” viewers.

“You can see the fight, you can see the whole season,” she said.

Applegate explained that she hadn’t watched the final season and didn’t think she would because it was “too hard” for her. However, despite how difficult it was for her, she was determined to finish the show.

“I can’t do it without this need Tell our story,” she said. “They’ll pull the plug, you know? Because it’s like torture – they feel like they’re torturing me too. But I was like, “No, no, no, no, no, Do not: We have to finish the story. ”

She continued: “It’s too important for our hearts; it’s too important for our souls. We have to give this gift to us, not just to ourselves – some people love that characters, we also have to let them end their lives.”

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Applegate says her future in show business depends on “what I can do”.

“I’m pretty new to this right now,” she added. “It takes time to figure out this disease and figure out what’s causing the symptoms. I’m just new to all this. So I’m trying to figure it out — and I’m also for who I was.”

“I had to find a place that was as loving as my set, where they wouldn’t think I was the heroine and say, ‘Hey, I can only work five hours.'”

She told Variety that she has ruled out another lead role given how challenging it was to finish filming “Die to Me.”

“I’m pretty sure that’s it, you know? But who knows — I might get tired of being in my room,” Applegate said.

Although she may be giving up acting, the Los Angeles native said she is interested in other jobs in the entertainment industry.

Applegate will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 14th.

Applegate will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 14th.
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“I want to develop things, I want to produce things,” she said. “I have a lot of ideas in my head and I just need to execute them.”

Earlier this month, Applegate told The New York Times that she had gained 40 pounds since her diagnosis and could no longer walk without crutches.

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“This is the first time anyone has seen me the way I am. I’ve gained 40 pounds; I can’t walk without crutches. I want people to know that I’m very aware of this,” she said. If people hate it, if people love it, if they can only focus on, “Oh, look at that cripple,” it’s not up to me. I believe people will say, “I can” and can’t get over. ‘”

Applegate will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 14th. The ceremony, originally scheduled for 2020, will be her first public appearance since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

In 2019, she announced on Twitter that she had received the honor, which she said was a “childhood dream.”

“My life is a different story now,” she told Variety. “People will see me as disabled for the first time, which is very difficult. So, for me, it would have been much better two years ago!”

Applegate paused, then added, “But maybe it’s more poignant this time. I don’t know.”

The final season of “Dead to Me” will begin airing on November 17.

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