“I want people to know that I am fully aware of it all.”

Christina Applegate opens up about her multiple sclerosis diagnosis. (Photo: Reuters/Danny Molochuk)

Christina Applegate He says make the third and final season of dead to me Then Multiple sclerosis diagnosis It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

The 50-year-old actress is also known as Married and has children And the Anchorman He was diagnosed with a central nervous system disease, which cuts off the flow of information within the brain as well as between the brain and the body, while he was in production on the final season of the Netflix show in the summer of 2021. He took a five-month hiatus so she could start treatment. She said The New York Times In a new interview it took a lot to come back and move forward to the end.

“I had an obligation” to finish telling the story, Applegate said, which earned her two Emmy Award nominations. “Powers that were like, ‘Let’s just stop. We don’t need to finish it. Let’s get some episodes together [with previously recorded footage]. I said no. We’ll do it, but we’ll do it on my terms.”

Applegate had to bend over to establish these terms as a seasoned actress since she was in kindergarten. Because the truth is that she can no longer do what she always did.

When they stopped production, “there was a feeling, ‘Okay, let’s get her some medicine so she can get better,'” she said. But it was fine for me. I needed to process the loss of my life, the loss of that part of me. So you need that time. Although it’s not like I’m on the other side of it, like, “Woohoo, I’m totally fine.”

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Didn’t find acceptance either. She said, “No, I will never accept this. I am angry.”

When she returned to the set of black comedy, her mobility declined. She needed a wheelchair to get ready. She had trouble navigating up the stairs to her trailer. Her body came out during filming, especially in the heat. The audio technician had to raise her legs, out of range of the camera, to get shots. She can no longer film the foundational shots that show her walking into a room because she couldn’t do so without help. She had to open the doors in the scenes just to lean on her to keep her awake.

As the final season premieres on Netflix on November 17, Applegate said, “This is the first time anyone has ever seen me for who I am. I weigh 40 pounds; I can’t walk without a stick. I want people to do that I know I’m all too aware of.”

Applegate, the mother of one, isn’t sure she’ll ever watch the final season, saying it’s too painful. But she wanted to compliment it for her co-star, Linda Cardellini, who became a close friend and took on the role of attorney on the set, as well as show creator Liz Feldman.

“If people hate it, if people like it, if all they can focus on is, ‘Oh, look at the bench,’ it’s not up to me,” Applegate said. “I’m sure people will be, like, ‘I can’t get over it.’ Well, don’t get over that, then, but I hope people Can Get over it and enjoy the ride and say goodbye to these two girls.”

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Applegate and Cardellini become fast friends playing Jane and Judy, their on-screen relationship Complex An unlikely bond between a widow and the woman who accidentally killed her husband. In a very unfortunate twist, this season sees Applegate’s character dealing with illness, which makes it especially difficult. The story was crafted before it was diagnosed and some scenes “crushed” them to do so.

Applegate paid tribute to Cardellini, calling her “my hero, my warrior, my vocal” and “Mama Bear” on set while she was working on her lowest moments. For her part, Cardellini said that she “only wanted the best for the person I loved, cared and it was an honor to work with.”

On social media, Applegate shared photos this week of a new set of walking canes, which it described as the new normal.

She said The New York Times That given before her diagnosis, there were signs of the disease. She talked about her imbalance while filming a dance scene, and her tennis game was off. She remembered being self-critical, believing she just needed to work harder, the mindset she’s lived with her whole life with a successful career spanning decades.

“I wish I had noticed,” she said. “But who would I have known?”

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