Christina Applegate was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award in the three seasons that Netflix’s dark comedy “Dead to Me” was on the air, which includes the recently completed final campaign. She’s been nominated a total of seven times by SAG and is still looking for her first win, but her nomination this year is perhaps more poignant and urgent given Applegate’s 2021 multiple sclerosis diagnosis in the middle of the third filming season of the series. It has become an ordeal for the 51-year-old actress given the immense physical limitations imposed on her by the disease.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times released on Tuesday, Applegate discussed the challenges she faced finishing the season on “dead to meand her confidence in the crew and the other performers to help her through. “They were amazing,” she said of the crew at Timereferencing the series creator and showrunner Liz Feldman and costar Linda Cardellini especially. “I was a wreck every day, but most of that wreckage was happening in my trailer on my own. But there were times when I would crumble on set and be like, ‘I don’t can’t, we need to take a break, I need half an hour,” and everyone was so loving it was okay.”
Of Cardellini, Applegate told the Time that over the past season, “She literally took me under her wing and protected me, and took care of me every day… I cry when I talk about Linda because I love her So the next person who works with her, I hope she realizes how incredibly lucky she is, because not only is she an amazing human, but she’s a divine artist and she’s there for you, whatever happens.
She looks forward to attending the SAG Awards ceremony on February 26, noting, “When you go to that particular event, it’s all your people – you don’t have anyone but the actors there. And despite the reputation of the actors, everyone is really adorable. His 12-year-old daughter, Sadie, will be his date. (At the moment, Applegate is running third in the race for the Gold Derby SAG Awards among TV comedy actress nominees with 4/1 rating, trailing Quinta Brunson for “Abbott Elementary” and last year’s winner John Smart for “Hacks”.)
Applegate added: “This is probably my last awards show as an actor, so that’s a big deal. At the moment, I couldn’t imagine myself getting up at 5 a.m. and going through 12 to 14. hours on set; I don’t have that in me right now.” The actress is also planning for the future based on the physical issues imposed on her by MSand includes, as she told the newspaper, “Doing a ton of voice-overs to make money to make sure my daughter is fed and we’re housed.”
She told the Time that it took months for him to be able to watch his “Dead to Me” episodes from the final season. “I don’t like to see myself in trouble,” she said. “Also, I gained 40 pounds due to inactivity and medication, and I didn’t look like myself, and I didn’t feel like myself. At one point, I was able to distance myself from my own ego and realize what a beautiful television it was.
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