After being thrown a curveball in the form of a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, Christina Applegate is trying to figure out her life.
On November 14, the actress will be earning her plaque on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has been gracing the screen for a long time, first as Kelly Bundy on Married… With Children and now as Jen Harding in D.e.a.d to Me. The ceremony, which was originally scheduled to take place in 2020, will mark the first time the woman, who is now 50 years old and has been diagnosed with a disorder of the central nervous system, will appear in public since she received diagnosis.
“Right now, my life is a completely different narrative,” the actress said in an interview with Variety. It’s going to be quite tough for people to see me for the first time as a disabled person, as I’m sure you can imagine. Therefore, looking back two years ago would have been a much better choice for me!
On the other hand, she stopped before continuing and saying, “But maybe this time it’s more poignant. I am unable to say.”
In August 2021, Applegate disclosed to the general public that she had been given a diagnosis, claiming that she had been informed of it a few months before. The production of the last season of the Netflix show D.e.a.d to Me, which she was filming at the time, was halted for a period of five months so that she could begin treatment for her illness.
Applegate, who also plays the role of executive producer in addition to the lead role, explained, “I got diagnosed while we were working.” “I had no choice but to call everyone and tell them, ‘Guys, I’ve been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.'”
Bringing the show’s production to a close “was as difficult as you could possibly think it would be,” she stated, revealing that she was unable to walk and required the use of a wheelchair to go to the set. Additionally, she was so exhausted that in order to make it through the day, she had to take periodic naps. “It was about discovering what I was going to be capable of achieving, and learning it together with everyone else,” she said.
After producers brought up the possibility of canceling the program, the cast and crew rallied around her to finish the project. This includes co-star Linda Cardellini, who plays Jen’s best friend and supporter Judy Hale.
Applegate explains, “It was like torture, and they felt like they were torturing me as well.” “It was like pain,” Applegate says. “But I was like, ‘No, no, no, no, no, no, no: We have to end this tale… We’ve got to let [fans] have their closure too.'” Therefore, if it meant that I had to take a break in the middle of the day so that I could go sleep — or if that meant that I just had to leave because I couldn’t do anymore — then that is what we had to do.
Will Ferrell, her co-star in the film Anchorman as well as an executive producer on the film D.e.a.d to Me, provided the following quote to the publication: “The words that come to mind are tenacity, fearlessness, passion,” in addition to calling her “a funny mother effs badass.”
Since the launch of the final season of D.e.a.d to Me is scheduled for November 17th, fans are curious about Applegate’s plans for the rest of her acting career.
She remarked, “I’m quite confident that this was it, you know,” implying that the part was her last one in front of the camera. She explained that although she is not completely dismissing the possibility, her body does have some constraints. For instance, she is only able to put in a five-hour shift, which is much below the average for a leading lady on television.
She introduced herself by saying, “I’m just a rookie to all of this.” “I’m trying to figure things out, and at the same time, I’m mourning the person that I used to be,” she said.
And she can continue to be productive even if she takes a break from acting or stops doing it entirely. An animated adaptation of “Married… With Children” is now in the works, and she has agreed to provide her voice to the project. She also expressed a desire to keep producing, adding that she had a lot of ideas. However, for the time being, she is thoroughly enjoying giving “one hundred percent” of her attention to her daughter, Sadie, who is 11 years old, along with her husband, the musician Martyn LeNoble.
And at the same time, she is getting herself mentally ready for the big star ceremony. Because she is unable to walk without a cane, she disclosed a month ago that she had recently purchased some chic new walking sticks in preparation for the big day. She has also admitted in the past that she has put on weight, which is the very last thing she should be concerned about but is something that she wanted to address in advance because of the prevalence of online criticism in this day and age.
Applegate, who started acting when she was 5 years old, has been nominated for Emmys (and won one in 2003 for her guest role on Friends), as well as Golden Globes; but, the upcoming star event is something that is particularly meaningful to her.
She explained that it means “leaving your mark” on the world. “This is something that is not going to be removed at any time. Also, it’s something that my daughter can check out while I’m away.”