Christina Applegate believes the upcoming Screen Actors Guild Awards will be her last awards show as her battle with multiple sclerosis (MS) continues to wreak havoc on her health.
“This is probably my last awards show as an actor, so it’s a big deal,” he told the LA Times of the Feb. 27 SAG Awards.
“Right now, I couldn’t imagine getting up at 5 in the morning and spending 12 to 14 hours on set. I just don’t have that in me right now.”
The “Dead to Me” actress was diagnosed with MS in early 2021 and has been open about how the condition — which affects the brain and nerves — forced her to put the brakes on her career.
One of the many changes Applegate has been forced to implement is putting her acting career on the backburner, which means not attending award shows.
Her MS diagnosis coincided with the third and final season of Netflix’s “Dead To Me” — for which she received a SAG nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series.
Applegate admitted that she was “a wreck every day” during her struggle at the time, but noted that “most of her wreckage would be by myself in my trailer.”
“There were times when I would break down on set and be like, ‘I can’t, we have to take a break, I need half an hour,’ and everyone was so loving that it was okay. “, she added, of how “incredible” the cast and crew were in accommodating her needs.
Applegate plays Jen Harding in the Netflix series. The nod marks her sixth SAG nomination.
As she prepares to say goodbye to awards ceremonies, Applegate said she’s looking forward to exploring voiceover work.
The “Anchorman” star said she’s currently “doing tons of voiceovers to make some money to make sure my daughter is fed and we’re home.”
This came after Applegate said that “Dead to Me” could be her last acting work.
“Jane Harding is the one who — who knows, will probably play the last one,” the “Married … With Children” alum told Variety in November.
“With my illness, I don’t know what I’m capable of. But it was a gift. It was a gift to me.”
Also in November, Applegate opened up about some of the complications she’s experienced as a result of her MS, including gaining 40 pounds.
She also said she struggles to “walk without a stick” as a result of the condition.
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