Christina Applegate has been a popular TV performer for decades, beginning with her debut performance in Married… with Children and continuing with her critically lauded work in the Netflix series Dead to Me.
Applegate recently talked out about her new MS diagnosis… and claims it means she will likely no longer be able to perform on camera.
Applegate, 51, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a central nervous system illness that can cause tiredness, muscular weakness, and balance and coordination issues.
While filming the last season of Dead to Me in 2021, the actress announced her condition. Her health issues made it impossible for her to continue filming.
In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, the Anchorman actor discussed her MS challenges, saying it has made her day-to-day living tough by interfering with her balance.
“There is never a good day with MS,” she told Vanity Fair. “You can’t go down the stairs or carry things anymore.” “It f—ing stinks.”
While complimenting her Dead to Me co-star Linda Cardellini, Applegate intimated that the Netflix series will be her final on-screen appearance since MS made the long hours of filming too onerous.
“I’m probably not going to work on-camera again,” Applegate stated.
“I can’t even imagine going to set right now,” she said. “This is a disease that worsens over time.” I’m not sure if things will grow worse. I can perform voiceover work since I need to support my family and keep my mind active.”
In an earlier interview with Variety, Applegate stated that while there was “no way” she could spend the same hours she did on Dead to Me, she was looking for other opportunities to continue acting.
“It’s about discovering what I’m capable of,” Applegate explained. “I’m just getting started on this. It takes time to sort out this sickness and figure out what’s causing symptoms. “I’m just getting started with this.”
“So I’m trying to figure it out — and I’m also mourning the person I used to be.” I need to find a location that is as nice as my set, where people won’t think I’m a diva if I say, ‘Hey, I can only work five hours.'”
Applegate also stated her desire to work in the entertainment business in another role, such as producing or developing: “I’ve got a lot of ideas in my head, and I just need to get them executed,” she told Variety.
Applegate attended the SAG Awards earlier this year, claiming it would be her “last awards show as an actor.”
Christina Applegate and Sadie Grace LeNoble attend the 29th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on February 26, 2023 at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles, California. (Image courtesy of Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty Images.))
Applegate has also overcome breast cancer. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 and declared herself cancer-free following a double mastectomy.
We like Christina Applegate, and it’s unfortunate that she won’t be able to perform as frequently as she used to. We wish her the best while she battles MS and hope she is able to continue working.
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