Christina Applegate Says ‘Dead to Me’ Season 3 Likely Her Last Role After MS Diagnosis

Christina Applegate Says ‘Dead to Me’ Season 3 Likely Her Last Role After MS Diagnosis

Christina Applegate has admitted that “Dead To Me” Season 3 is likely her last major acting role. The 50-year-old was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2021 and has found it increasingly difficult to continue working at the pace she did previously. She now faces mobility challenges and pain on a daily basis, both of which made shooting the third and final season of the Netflix dramedy that much more difficult.

In an interview with Variety, she opened up about the difficulty of shooting and her inability to continue working on the same level moving forward.

“I got diagnosed while we were working, and I had to call everybody and be like, ‘I have multiple sclerosis, guys. Like, what the f**k!’ And then it was about kind of learning – all of us learning – what I was going to capable of doing,” she recalled. “It had to be cold, because heat is our kryptonite. Can’t work those 18-hour days, you know? It was impossible.”

The actress went on to praise her “Dead To Me” castmates and crew members for being understanding. They were very helpful when it came to her limitations and needs while on set.

“They were so loving. They actually were looking at the dailies, going, ‘OK, we need we need to let her go, and take care of this right now’. Because you can see the struggle, and you can see it through the whole season. You can see that I’m in pain,” she said.

While Christina Applegate is proud of the work she did on “Dead To Me” Season 3, she says she likely won’t watch the show back. “I haven’t watched it, and I don’t think I will, because it’s too hard for me. But I couldn’t have done it without this need to tell our story,” she explained.

Taking on a starring role in another show or movie would be too difficult at the moment, she admitted. However, she hasn’t given up on acting entirely. Instead, she’s still trying to figure out what her career is like for her now.

“It’s about finding what I’m capable of doing. I’m so new in this right now. It takes time to kind of figure out this disease, and figure out what’s bringing on symptoms,” she said. I’m just a newbie to all of this. So I’m trying to figure it out. And I’m also in mourning for the person that I was … There’s no way I could do the work that I just came off again. I mean, it was so hard.”

Applegate went on to say that she’s looking forward to spending time with her daughter and maybe even trying some new things in Hollywood.

“I don’t know. I’m pretty convinced that this was it, you know? But who knows — I’m probably gonna get real bored of being in my room,” she admitted. “I’d like to develop stuff, I’d like to produce stuff. I’ve got a lot of ideas in my mind, and I just need to get them executed.”

“Dead To Me” Season 3 premieres on Netflix on November 17.

Jennifer Still is a writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience. The managing editor of Bolde, she has bylines in Vanity Fair, Business Insider, The New York Times, Glamour, Bon Appetit, and many more.