Because she suffers from multiple sclerosis, Christina Applegate acknowledges that it was difficult to take in her performance in the film D.e.a.d. to Me.
The 51-year-old actress, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2021, said in a recent interview with The Los Angeles Times that she delayed watching the Netflix comedy until several months after the third season was made available on the streaming service.
She went on to say that she disliked being a witness to her own struggles. Also, as a result of my inactivity and the meds I was taking, I gained forty pounds, I didn’t look like myself, and I didn’t feel like myself, either.
When the actress did ultimately watch the episode, she did it in private and had to take breaks whenever it got too upsetting for her to continue watching.
Applegate shared his thoughts with the media source, saying, “At some point, I was able to detach myself from my own ego and recognize what a magnificent piece of television that was.” “It was a lot of joy to witness and experience for the very first time all of the sequences in which I did not participate.”
Regardless, Applegate’s portrayal of Jen Harding in D.e.a.d. to Me resulted in a lot of accolades, including her sixth-ever SAG nomination for best performance by a female actress in a comedy series. This particular nomination is Applegate’s sixth nomination overall.
However, the actress has said that the forthcoming SAG Awards would almost certainly be the final time she attends the ceremony since she is still dealing with the effects of the sickness.
Applegate said that “It’s probably going to be my final awards event as an actress, so it’s sort of a huge thing.” “Right now, I don’t have it in me to wake up at five in the morning and spend 12 to 14 hours on a set; I just don’t have it in me,” she said. “I couldn’t even consider doing it.”
During the month of August 2021, while Applegate was shooting the third season of her Netflix drama D.e.a.d. to Me, she received the news that she had multiple sclerosis.
In the month of December, she made a guest appearance virtually on The Kelly Clarkson Show, where she disclosed that she often utilizes her employment as an actor to divert her attention from any real-life issues that she may be experiencing.
“I’ve definitely been dealing with loss and tragedy throughout my whole life, and acting has been the place that I’ve been able to go to not feel it, you know?” She remarked that at the time, emphasizing that she utilized acting to avoid dealing with prior breakups, trauma, losses, and breast cancer. She also said that she had breast cancer.
She revealed to Clarkson that coming to work every day had, for the first time, provided her with the opportunity to mourn, allowing her to incorporate the feelings associated with her MS diagnosis into her performance.
Applegate said that “the beauty of D.e.a.d. to Me is that it allowed me almost this bizarre platform of dealing with it,” which meant that she “didn’t have to be on all the time and I didn’t have to make all the jokes and I could break apart in a scene.” “And it was, like, me. Unfortunately, it was in front of the world, but it was therapeutic in a wonderful manner. It was my soul literally tearing apart.”
The actress of Bad Moms claimed that comedy is another way that she deals with the diagnosis and that it allows people to treat her the same way they did before her MS became public knowledge.
On the episode, she was quoted as saying, “Yeah, my comedy shields keep me OK, but of course, down on the insides, you feel the things.” “And I do it to sort of distract people’s attention, and also to make sure that people aren’t afraid to be around me, you know what I mean? When other people see me today as a person with a disability, I want them to feel at ease and know that we can joke about it together.”