Christina Applegate says making the third and final season of dead to me after his multiple sclerosis diagnosis is the hardest thing he has ever done in his life.
The 50-year-old actress also known for Married with children Y Anchorman was diagnosed with central nervous system disease, which disrupts the flow of information within the brain, as well as between the brain and the body, while the final season of the Netflix show was being produced in the summer of 2021. The show went on hiatus five months to start treatment. she told the New York Times in a new interview to go back and push to the end took a lot.
“I had an obligation” to finish telling the story, which has earned him two Emmy nominations, Applegate said. “The powers that be said, ‘Let’s stop. We don’t need to finish it. Let’s put some episodes together. [with previously recorded footage]. I said no. We will, but we will do it on my terms.
Applegate had to bend to establish those terms as a seasoned actress since she was in kindergarten. Because the truth was that she could no longer do what she had always done.
When they stopped production, “There was a feeling of, ‘Well, let’s get him some medicine so he can get better,'” he said. “There’s nothing better. But it was good for me. I needed to process the loss of my life, the loss of that part of me. So I needed that time. It’s not like it came from the other side though, like, ‘Woohoo, I’m totally fine.'”
She also found no acceptance. “No. I’m never going to accept this. I’m angry,” she said.
By the time he returned to the black comedy set, his mobility had diminished. She needed a wheelchair to get to the set. She had trouble navigating the steps to her trailer. Her body gave out while filming, especially from the heat. A sound technician had to hold his legs, out of camera range, to get shots. She could no longer film establishing shots showing her walking into a room because she couldn’t do it without help. She would have to open doors in scenes just to lean on them to stay awake.
With the final season on Netflix on November 17, Applegate said, “This is the first time anyone will see me for who I am. I’ve gained 40 pounds; I can’t walk without a cane. I want people to know that I’m very aware of all of that. ”
Applegate, a mother of one, isn’t sure about watching the final season and says it’s too painful. But she wanted to fill it in for her co-star Linda Cardellini, who has become a close friend and taken on the role of advocate on set, as well as show creator Liz Feldman.
“If people hate it, if people love it, if all they can focus on is ‘Ooh, look at the cripple,’ that’s not up to me,” Applegate said. “I’m sure people will say, ‘I can’t get over this.’ Well, then don’t overlook it. But I hope people they can get over it and just enjoy the ride and say goodbye to these two girls.”
Applegate and Cardellini became fast friends playing Jen and Judy, whose on-screen relationship is complicated: an unlikely bond between a widow and the woman who accidentally killed her husband. In an unfortunate extra twist, this season sees Applegate’s character dealing with an illness, making it especially difficult. The story was put together before her diagnosis and some scenes just “crushed” them into doing.
Applegate praised Cardellini, calling her “my champion, my warrior, my voice” and a “mama bear” on set as she worked through her lowest moments. For her part, Cardellini said that she “just wanted the best for the person I love and care about and have the honor of working with.”
On social media, Applegate shared photos this week of her new variety of canes, which she called her new normal.
she told the NYT that looking back before his diagnosis, there were signs of the disease. She talked about losing her balance while filming a dance scene and her tennis game was off. She recalled being self-critical, thinking that she just needed to work harder, a mindset she has had her entire life with a successful career spanning decades.
“I wish I had paid attention,” he said. “But who was I to know?”
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