Christina Applegate has revealed that the third and final season of “Dead to Me” may be the last time fans will see her on screen.
The 50 years The “Anchorman” star has told Variety that her lead role as Jane Harding in the hit Netflix series may be her last acting job due to her ongoing battle with multiple sclerosis.
“Jane Harding is who – who knows, maybe the last one I’ll play,” Applegate said. “With my illness, I don’t know how much I’m capable.”
“But this was a gift,” she continued. “This was a gift for me.”
In August 2021, a The young man revealed “married..and has children” She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a chronic disease that affects the brain and central nervous system, a few months ago.
Applegate was in the middle of filming the final season of “Dead to Me” when she was diagnosed. Production on the show was off for about five months until I started therapy.
“I was diagnosed on the job, and I had to call everyone and be like, ‘I have multiple sclerosis, guys. She said, like, what f-k! “.
Applegate continued, “And then it was kind of all about learning – we’re all learning – what I would have been able to do.”
“It had to be cold, because heat is our kryptonite. Those 18 hours a day can’t work, you know? That was impossible.”
She told the outlet that the cast and crew rallied around her and were “so loving.”
“If I called them in the morning, and said, ‘You guys, I can’t come down the stairs,’ they were like, ‘Okay! We won’t do today. We will do other things. “So Netflix will let us take a break for a few months so I can mourn and find the cure,” Applegate said.
The Emmy winner said the pain she was experiencing while filming would be obvious to viewers of “Dead to Me.”
“You can see the struggle, and you can see it throughout the season,” she said.
Applegate made it clear that she didn’t watch the final season and didn’t think she would because it would be “too hard” for her. However, she was determined to end the show though how hard it was to her.
“I wouldn’t have done it without this need to Let’s tell our story,” she said. They were going to pull the plug, you know? Because it was like torture – and they felt like they were torturing me too. But I was like, ‘No, no, no, no, no,’ number: We have to finish this story.”
She continued, “It’s so important to our hearts; it’s so important to our souls. And we have to give this gift, not just to ourselves — there are people who love these characters, and we have to allow them to close it up as well.”
Applegate said her future in acting depends on “what I am able to do”.
“I’m very new to this now,” she added. “It takes time to figure out what this disease is, to figure out why I have symptoms. I’m just a newbie to all of this. So I’m trying to figure it out — and I’m also in mourning for the person I was.”
“I have to find a lovely place like my group, where they won’t think I’m a singer by saying, ‘Hey, I can only work five hours.'”
She told Variety that she has ruled out another lead role due to how difficult it would be to complete filming for Dead to Me.
Applegate said, “I’m totally convinced that’s the case?
Although she may be leaving acting behind, the Los Angeles-born said she is interested in pursuing other careers in entertainment.
“I would like to develop things, I would like to produce things,” she said. “I have a lot of ideas on my mind, and I just need to implement them.”
Earlier this month, Applegate told the New York Times that she has gained 40 pounds since her diagnosis and can no longer walk without a cane.
She said, “This is the first time anyone has ever seen me for who I am. I wear 40 pounds; I can’t walk without a cane. I want people to know that I am fully aware of it all.” If people hate it, if people like it, if all they can focus on is, “Oh, look at the bench,” that’s not in my hand. I’m sure people will be, like, “I can’t get over it.” “
Applegate is set to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 14. Her first public appearance Since he was diagnosed with MS.
In 2019, she announced on Twitter that she was receiving the honor, which she described as her “childhood dream”.
“Now my life is a different story,” she told Variety. “People will see me for the first time as a disabled person, which is very difficult. So, for me, two years ago it could have been a lot better!”
Applegate paused before adding, “But maybe this time is more moving. I don’t know.”
The final season of “Dead to Me” will begin airing on November 17.