Christina Applegate is opening up about living with multiple sclerosis, and how important it was to her to finish her “Dead to Me” tribute show.
The actor, 50, spoke to The New York Times for an article published on Tuesday, ahead of the start of the third and final season of his Netflix series later this month. Applegate reflected on what it would be like to have MS in the summer of 2021 during the movie. At that time, the operation was closed for five months while he began treatment for an autoimmune disease affecting 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 was good for me. I had to deal with the loss of my life, the loss of that part of me. So I need that time. ”
The actor also noted that after that time, he didn’t “come out of it, like, ‘Woohoo, I’m great.’ Is it allowed? No. I will not accept this. I am angry.
He remembers back, how he began to experience problems with balance and movement during the production of the first season of “Dead to Me,” which began in May 2019.
“I want to listen,” he said. “But who do I know?”
When the deal ended, Netflix considered shutting down the show indefinitely due to his health concerns. But Applegate felt he was “deserving” of Liz Feldman, the creator of “Dead to Me,” and Linda Cardellini, his friend and storyteller.
“The powers that be were like, ‘Let’s stop it. We don’t have to end it. Let’s put some pieces together.’ I said, ‘No. We will do it, but we will 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, especially, supported him throughout.
“He was my champion, my hero, my voice,” Applegate said of Cardellini. “It’s like a light bear.”
But Cardellini told The Times “he wants the best for someone I love and care for and have the honor to work with.”
It’s similar to his thoughts on Applegate since they first met for the show. “I had the feeling right away that we were going to have each other’s backs,” Cardellini said. “Jen and Judy [their characters in “Dead to Me”] support each other, love each other, help each other through things. Linda and Christina are the same.
In addition to making sure to complete the final season, it is also important for Applegate to promote “Dead to Me” before the Season 3 premiere on Netflix on November 17.
“This is the first time anyone sees me for who I am,” he said. “I put on 40 pounds; I can’t walk with a cane. I want people to know that I know a lot about all those things. ”
What viewers will take away from the last season, the “Samantha Who?” The star floats, and reaches a place.
“If people hate it, if people love it, if all they can think is, ‘Ooh, look at the lameness,’ that’s not for me,” he said. “I know people are going to be like, ‘I can’t pass.'”
“Good, don’t miss it,” he said. “But hopefully people can come and enjoy the run and say goodbye to these two girls.”