Christina Applegate on her first public appearance since MS diagnosis: 'It's very hard'

Christina Applegate on her first public appearance since MS diagnosis: ‘It’s very hard’

Christina Applegate — at the 2019 Emmys — says her first public appearance since being diagnosed with MS will be “very difficult.” (Photo: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

Christina Applegate is figuring out her life after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Actress – who graced the screen for a long time, first as Kelly Bundy Married… With children and now as Jen Harding Dead to me will collect his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 14. The ceremony, which was due to take place in 2020, will be the 50-year-old’s first public appearance since learning she was suffering from a central nervous system disease. system last year.

“Now my life is a different story,” said the actress Variety. “People will see me as disabled for the first time and it’s very difficult. So for me it would have been much better two years ago!”

However, she paused and added, “But maybe it’s more poignant this time. I don’t know.”

Applegate publicly shared her diagnosis in August 2021, saying she had learned about it a few months earlier. At the time, she was filming the latest season of Netflix dead to me and production was halted for five months to begin treatment.

“I was diagnosed while we were working,” said Applegate, who serves as an executive producer in addition to starring. “I had to call everybody and say, ‘I have multiple sclerosis, guys. Like, shit!’

Completing work on the show “was as difficult as you might think it would be,” she said, noting that she was unable to walk and needed a wheelchair to get on set. She was also so tired that she needed sleep breaks to get through the day. “It was about kind of learning — we’re all learning — what I’m going to be able to do.”

The cast — including Jen’s ride-or-die co-star Linda Cardellini, Judy Hale — and crew rallied around her to finish the project after producers came up with the idea of ​​pulling the show.

“It was like torture — and they felt like they were torturing me, too,” Applegate explained. “But I was like, ‘No, no, no, no, no, No: We have to finish this story… We have to leave it [fans] closing them too.’

Will Ferrell, she Moderator co-star and EP of Dead to me“Words that come to mind are sass, fearlessness, passion” and “funny mother eff’n badass.”

Last season Dead to me premiering Nov. 17 — and Applegate is getting questions about her future as an actress.

“I’m pretty sure that was it, you know?” she said, hinting that this is her last role in front of the camera. She doesn’t rule it out, she explained, but her body has limitations. For example, she may only work five hours a day, which is not the norm as a TV leading lady.

“I’m just new to all this,” she said. “I’m trying to figure it out — and I’m also grieving the person I was.”

And even if it pauses or stops acting altogether, it can still work. An animated version is ahead of development Married … With children for which she would lend her voice. She also wants to continue production and says she has had many ideas. At the moment, however, she is enjoying devoting “100%” of her time to her 11-year-old daughter Sadie with her musician husband Martyn LeNoble.

And he is mentally preparing for his big star ceremony. She revealed last month that she ordered stylish new walking sticks for the big day as she can’t walk without one. She’s also previously revealed that she’s gained weight — the last thing she should worry about, but something she wanted to say preemptively in this era of social media criticism.

Applegate, who began acting at age 5, has been nominated for an Emmy Award (she won one in 2003 for a guest role on Friends) and the Golden Globes, but the upcoming star-studded ceremony is something extra special for her.

It means “to leave your mark,” she said. “This is something that will be there forever. And my daughter can go look at it when I’m gone.”

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