Christina Applegate says life ‘f**king sucks’ as she opens up about the difficulties of living with MS
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Applegate, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in August 2021, was forced to step away from her Netflix series Dead to Me.
While shooting the show’s third and final season, Applegate revealed that she began experiencing ‘leg pain and tremors’, which prompted her to take time off to process the news before bravely returning to work to finish filming.
"I miss the experience of it, but at the same time, because it was such an incredible struggle this last year, I’m relieved that I no longer have to push so hard to get through my day," she told the outlet.
However, something or rather someone she misses on-set is her partner in crime, Linda Cardellini, who played Judy in the series.
“It was knowing the journey the two of us had been on, not just as those characters, but as two dear friends and acting partners,” she said.
Journalist Jessica Shaw then asked how the 51-year-old how she was feeling two years into her illness.
The actor admitted that she never 'has a good day'.
"You just have little s****y days. People are like, “Well, why don’t you take more showers?” Well, because getting in the shower is frightening. You can fall, you can slip, your legs can buckle. Especially because I have a glass shower. It’s frightening to me to get in there," she shared.
Applegate said she struggles with the simplest tasks, including walking down the stairs and carrying things.
"It f**king sucks. I can still drive my car short distances. I can bring up food to my kid. Up, never down," she said.
In February, Applegate walked her last red carpet at the SAG Awards with a walking stick that read ‘FU MS’.
The actor, who was nominated for a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, told the Los Angeles Times: “It’s my last awards show as an actor probably, so it’s kind of a big deal."
She added: “Right now, I couldn’t imagine getting up at 5 am and spending 12 to 14 hours on a set; I don’t have that in me at this moment.”