Christina Applegate says it was hard to watch 'Dead to Me' after weight gain due to MS

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By Nasima Khatun

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Christina Applegate has admitted that it was difficult for her to watch the latest season of Dead To Me after gaining weight due to her multiple sclerosis.

During a new interview with the Los Angeles Times, she said that she had to wait months until she felt like she was ready to watch season three.

"I don't like seeing myself struggling," she explained. "Also, I gained 40 lbs. because of inactivity and medications, and I didn't look like myself, and I didn't feel like myself."

The 51-year-old then said that despite having to take regular breaks from watching the Netflix comedy series, especially when it got too much to handle, she did end up enjoying the story.

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Christina Applegate in 'Dead To Me.' Credit: TCD/Prod.DB / Alamy

"At some point, I was able to distance myself from my own ego and realize what a beautiful piece of television it was," Applegate told the outlet. "All the scenes I wasn't in were so much fun to see and experience for the very first time."

As reported by PEOPLE, her iconic performance ended up securing some major award show nominations including her sixth-ever SAG nomination for outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series.

While the news of the nomination was worth celebrating, it was a bittersweet moment for the actress as she also admitted that the upcoming SAG Awards will most likely be her last.

"It's my last awards show as an actor probably, so it's kind of a big deal," Applegate explained. "Right now, I couldn't imagine getting up at 5 a.m. and spending 12 to 14 hours on a set.

"I don't have that in me at this moment."

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Christina Applegate (left) found it hard to watch the series back. Credit: ZUMA Press, Inc. / Alamy

Applegate was initially diagnosed with MS back in 2021 while filming the latest installment of Dead To Me.

Prior to the release of season three, the Crash Pad actress outlined how her MS diagnosis affected the filming of the season during an intimate interview with The New York Times.

"I had an obligation to Liz and to Linda, to our story," she said, despite show bosses apparently wanting to cease filming when she started receiving treatment.

"If people hate it, if people love it, if all they can concentrate on is, ‘Ooh, look at the cripple,’ that’s not up to me," she added. "But hopefully people can get past it and just enjoy the ride and say goodbye to these two girls."

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She hopes people will focus on the storyline rather than her illness when watching the show. Credit: Everett Collection Inc / Alamy

Back in December, she also told singer-turned-talk-show-host Kelly Clarkson that she tends to use her job as an actress to distract her from her real-life problems.

"I've probably been going through grief and trauma my whole life, and acting was the place that I got to go to not feel it, you know?", she said at the time, noting that she used acting to avoid dealing with past breakups, trauma, deaths, and breast cancer.

She continued: "The beauty of Dead to Me is that it gave me almost this weird platform of dealing with it, where I didn't have to be on all the time and I didn't have to make all the jokes and I could fall apart in a scene," Applegate explained. "And it was, like, me. It was my soul actually falling apart, unfortunately, in front of the world, but it was cathartic in a beautiful way."

Applegate is a true inspiration to us all!

Featured Image Credit: Tsuni / USA / Alamy

Christina Applegate says it was hard to watch 'Dead to Me' after weight gain due to MS

vt-author-image

By Nasima Khatun

Article saved!Article saved!

Christina Applegate has admitted that it was difficult for her to watch the latest season of Dead To Me after gaining weight due to her multiple sclerosis.

During a new interview with the Los Angeles Times, she said that she had to wait months until she felt like she was ready to watch season three.

"I don't like seeing myself struggling," she explained. "Also, I gained 40 lbs. because of inactivity and medications, and I didn't look like myself, and I didn't feel like myself."

The 51-year-old then said that despite having to take regular breaks from watching the Netflix comedy series, especially when it got too much to handle, she did end up enjoying the story.

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Christina Applegate in 'Dead To Me.' Credit: TCD/Prod.DB / Alamy

"At some point, I was able to distance myself from my own ego and realize what a beautiful piece of television it was," Applegate told the outlet. "All the scenes I wasn't in were so much fun to see and experience for the very first time."

As reported by PEOPLE, her iconic performance ended up securing some major award show nominations including her sixth-ever SAG nomination for outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series.

While the news of the nomination was worth celebrating, it was a bittersweet moment for the actress as she also admitted that the upcoming SAG Awards will most likely be her last.

"It's my last awards show as an actor probably, so it's kind of a big deal," Applegate explained. "Right now, I couldn't imagine getting up at 5 a.m. and spending 12 to 14 hours on a set.

"I don't have that in me at this moment."

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Christina Applegate (left) found it hard to watch the series back. Credit: ZUMA Press, Inc. / Alamy

Applegate was initially diagnosed with MS back in 2021 while filming the latest installment of Dead To Me.

Prior to the release of season three, the Crash Pad actress outlined how her MS diagnosis affected the filming of the season during an intimate interview with The New York Times.

"I had an obligation to Liz and to Linda, to our story," she said, despite show bosses apparently wanting to cease filming when she started receiving treatment.

"If people hate it, if people love it, if all they can concentrate on is, ‘Ooh, look at the cripple,’ that’s not up to me," she added. "But hopefully people can get past it and just enjoy the ride and say goodbye to these two girls."

wp-image-1263194041 size-large
She hopes people will focus on the storyline rather than her illness when watching the show. Credit: Everett Collection Inc / Alamy

Back in December, she also told singer-turned-talk-show-host Kelly Clarkson that she tends to use her job as an actress to distract her from her real-life problems.

"I've probably been going through grief and trauma my whole life, and acting was the place that I got to go to not feel it, you know?", she said at the time, noting that she used acting to avoid dealing with past breakups, trauma, deaths, and breast cancer.

She continued: "The beauty of Dead to Me is that it gave me almost this weird platform of dealing with it, where I didn't have to be on all the time and I didn't have to make all the jokes and I could fall apart in a scene," Applegate explained. "And it was, like, me. It was my soul actually falling apart, unfortunately, in front of the world, but it was cathartic in a beautiful way."

Applegate is a true inspiration to us all!

Featured Image Credit: Tsuni / USA / Alamy