After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Christina Applegate says she was determined about returning to finish the last season of Dead to Me. She also thinks that the experience was a learning process for both her and the programme.
In an interview with The New York Times that was published on Tuesday, the actress discussed the five-month hiatus that the Netflix series took after her diagnosis (which she disclosed in August 2021), as well as her desire to be open about the changes that have occurred in her physical appearance and in aspects of the show as a result of her body. She also addressed the fact that she announced her diagnosis in August 2021.
During the promotion for the show’s last season, she told the Times, “This is the first time anyone’s going to see me the way I am.” “I am now 40 pounds heavier. Without a cane, I am unable to walk. I want everyone to be aware that I am well aware of everything that’s going on.”
Although she stated that she wished she had “paid attention” more to the warning symptoms in the years leading up to her formal diagnosis, when the show resumed airing after its hiatus, she did in fact pay attention, and she made sure that the production followed her example.
She explained her choice to see the series through to its conclusion by saying, “I had a commitment to Liz and to Linda, to our tale.” “Those in authority were all like, ‘All right, let’s just stop. It is not necessary for us to finish it. Let’s put together a few episodes and see how it goes. I answered, ‘No. We are going to do it, but I am going to dictate the terms of how we are going to do it.'”
Figuring out these phrases required her to uncover and navigate new limitations and restrictions about how hard or how long she could work, not only in relation to environmental factors such as heat, but also in relation to the fundamental infrastructure of the set.
As a result of the difficulties caused by the steps in her trailer, she began relying on a wheelchair to get her to the set each day. In some of the shots, she had sound technician and lifelong friend Mitch B. Cohn hold her legs up as she recorded them, and in other instances, she entered rooms that had doors onscreen first so that she could lean on the doors for support while she was standing.
Applegate’s co-star and friend Linda Cardellini was another person who supported her while she was working on the set. Applegate described Cardellini as “my champion, my fighter, my voice” because Cardellini backed Applegate and intervened to speak up on Applegate’s behalf.
The break from filming in and of itself was an essential component of Applegate’s preparation for her return to the series. “There is nothing that compares. On the other hand, I benefited from it. I needed time to grieve the loss of my life and the piece of me that went along with it,” she added. “Consequently, I was in need of that moment.”
Dead to Me star believes it’s up to fans whether they focus on her illness on film. She wanted to send the characters go.
She told the newspaper, “I’m sure someone will say, ‘I can’t get over it.'” Then don’t pass it. But perhaps folks can just enjoy the experience and say goodbye to these two girls.”