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

Christina Applegate reveals that the third and final season of “Dead to Me” will be the last time fans see her on screen.

50 years old The “Anchorman” star told Variety that her lead role as Jane Harding on the hit Netflix series could be her last acting job due to her ongoing battle with multiple sclerosis.

“Jane Harding is the one who – who knows, probably the last I’ll play. With my illness, I don’t know how capable I am,” Applegate said.

Christina Applegate reveals her role in "dead to me" This could be his last acting job.

Christina Applegate revealed that her role in “Dead to Me” could be her last acting job.
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She continued, “But it was a gift. It was a gift to me.”

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In August 2021, The “Married…With Kids” alum revealed That she was diagnosed a few months ago with MS, a chronic disease that affects the brain and central nervous system.

Applegate was in the middle of filming the last season of “Dead to Me” when he received the diagnosis. Production on the show stalled for about five months while starting treatment.

“I got diagnosed while we were working, and I had to call everyone and be like, ‘I have multiple sclerosis, guys. Like, what a f–k!”, she said.

Applegate continued, “And then it was about learning — we were all learning — what I was going to be able to do.”

“It had to be cold, because heat is our kryptonite. Can’t work those 18-hour days, you know? It was impossible.”

She told the outlet that the cast and crew rallied around her and were “very loving.”

“If I called them in the morning, and it was like, “Guys, I can’t walk down the stairs,” they were like, “Okay! We won’t do it today. We’ll do other things. Netflix even gave us a break for a few months so I can grieve and find a cure,” Applegate said.

The Emmy Award winner said the pain she experienced during filming would be obvious to “Dead to Me” viewers.

“You can see the struggle, and you can see it throughout the season,” she said.

Applegate explained that she hasn’t seen the final season and doesn’t think she will because it will be “too hard” for her. However, she was determined to end the show how hard it was For him.

“I couldn’t have done it without need To tell our story,” she said. “They were about to pull the plug, you know? Because it was torture – and they thought they were torturing me too. But I was like, “No, no, no, no, no, No: We have to finish this story.”

She continued “It’s so important to our hearts; it’s important to our souls too. And we have to give that gift, not just to ourselves — there are people who love these characters, and we need to be close to them too.” have to give. “

Applegate said that his future in acting “depends on what I am capable of”.

“I’m very new at this right now,” she said. “It takes time to diagnose this disease and figure out what’s causing the symptoms. I’m a newbie to all of this. So I’m trying to figure it out – and I’m grieving for that too.” The person I was.”

“I have to find a place that’s as cute as my set, where they won’t think I’m a diva like, ‘Hey, I can only work five hours.'”

She told Variety that she refused to take another lead role again, given how challenging it was to complete filming on “Dead to Me.”

“I’m pretty sure it was him, you know? But who knows — I’m probably going to get really bored of being in my room,” Applegate said.

Although she may leave acting behind, the Los Angeles native said she is interested in doing other things in the entertainment business.

Applegate is set to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 14.

Applegate is set to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 14.
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“I want to develop stuff, I want to produce stuff,” she said. “I have too many ideas in my head, and I just need to put them into action.”

Earlier this month, Applegate told the New York Times that she’s gained 40 pounds since her diagnosis and can no longer walk without using a cane.

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“This is the first time someone is going to look at me the way I am. I’ve put on 40 pounds; I can’t walk without a cane. I want people to know that I’m very aware of all of that.” “If people hate it, if people love it, if they can only focus on it, ‘Oh, look at the cripple,’ it’s not up to me. I’m sure people’ I can’t be like. Don’t cross it.'”

Applegate is set to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 14. The ceremony, which was originally scheduled to take place in 2020, will be his first public appearance Since the diagnosis of MS.

In 2019, she announced on Twitter that she was receiving the honour, which she described as a “childhood dream”.

“Now my life is a different story,” she told Variety. “People are going to see me as a disabled person for the first time, and it’s very difficult. So, for me, two years ago would have been so much better!”

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

The final season of “Dead to Me” begins on November 17.

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