Christina Applegate appeared at the 29th SAG Awards on Sunday. As the 51-year-old actress previously pointed out, due to health problems, this gala is especially important to her.
She attended the Applegate Gala with her 12-year-old daughter, Sadie Grace LeNoble. As she pointed out three weeks earlier in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, this ceremony has a special meaning for her. “This is probably my last gala, so it’s a pretty big deal,” she said at the time. In August 2021, the star was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Applegate received a nomination at this year’s SAG Awards in the category “Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Comedy Series” for her portrayal of Jen Harding in Dead to Me, which aired its third and final season last November. However, the 51-year-old failed to win the statuette, which went to Jean Smart in this category.
Christina Applegate – “This is probably my last gala”
Due to her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, the role of Jen Hearding will likely be Applegate’s last. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, she said: “Currently, I can’t imagine getting up at 5 in the morning and spending 12 to 14 hours on a film set. I don’t have this (this strength – ed.) in me anymore.” The 51-year-old added, however, that her planned resignation from acting does not mean a complete withdrawal from professional activity. “(I’m going to – ed.) take a lot of voice jobs to make sure my daughter has something to eat and we have a roof over our heads” – she announced.
In an interview with the portal, the actress also admitted that she needed a few months to watch her last series performance. “I don’t like to see myself struggling. Plus, due to lack of exercise and medication, I gained 40 kilos. I didn’t look like me and I didn’t feel like myself,” she explained. She added that she watched the final version of the series alone, stopping the screening when it became too painful. “I was finally able to distance myself from my ego and realize what a beautiful piece of TV (Dead to Me”) is,” she added.
Christina Applegate’s disease
The first symptoms of multiple sclerosis appeared in Applegate in 2021. The actress then began to experience pain and tremors in her legs. In August, she was diagnosed with the disease. The star decided to return to the set after a short break, during which she began treatment. As she admitted in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, the work was extremely demanding for her. “I was a wreck every day,” she commented. However, she added that she constantly felt the support of the entire film crew.
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic inflammatory disease with an undetermined cause. It attacks the nervous system. The symptoms of MS may include vision disorders, motor coordination or balance as well as paresis of the limbs or sensory disturbances. About 2 million people suffer from it, including many famous people. In Poland, about 45,000 people suffer from MS, most of whom are women. It is most often diagnosed in people between 20 and 40 years of age. MS cannot be completely cured, but early detection and appropriate medication can control the disease enough for patients to function without limitations.
Los Angeles Times, People
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