Christina Applegate opens up about MS diagnosis: ‘I’m never going to accept this. I’m pissed’


Emmy-winning actress Christina Applegate has opened up about her multiple sclerosis diagnosis, admitting she’s angry at the life she’s “lost” because of her illness.

In a new interview with The New York Times, the Anchorman actress, 50, spoke about the five-month break she had after going public with her diagnosis in August last year.

“[The break] was good for me,” she said. “I needed to process my loss of my life, my loss of that part of me. So I needed that time.”

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 19: Christina Applegate attends the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
Applegate says she’s “pissed” she has MS, but is taking the diagnosis in her stride. (Getty)

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“Although it’s not like I came on the other side of it, like, ‘Woohoo, I’m totally fine.’ Acceptance? No, I’m never going to accept this. I’m pissed.”

The interview comes as the last season of her Netflix dark comedy show Dead to Me goes to air on November 17, after having to halt filming last year due to her diagnosis.

Applegate has starred in films including Anchorman (2004), The Sweetest Thing (2002) and Bad Moms (2016). (DreamWorks)

Applegate revealed there had been conversations about whether the series should continue at all, but she wouldn’t have it. She had an “obligation” to two women on the show, whom she’s grown incredibly close with: series creator Liz Feldman, and her co-star, Linda Cardellini.

“The powers that be were like, ‘Let’s just stop. We don’t need to finish it. Let’s put a few episodes together [with previously recorded footage],” Applegate said. “I said, ‘No. We’re going to do it, but we’re going to do it on my terms.'”

Applegate also explained that she is “aware” of how she has changed physically, since her diagnosis.

“This is the first time anyone’s going to see me the way I am,” she said. “I put on 40 pounds (approx. 18kg); I can’t walk without a cane. I want people to know that I am very aware of all of that.”

Netflix's Dead to Me starring Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini.
Applegate and Cardellini (left) star in Netflix series Dead To Me. Applegate has called her co-star one of her “champions” through her iillness. (Supplied)

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Continuing filming through her illness was rough, with Applegate needing a wheelchair to take her to set, and needing regular breaks during shoots. Additionally, any scenes of her walking into rooms have been cut shorter, since the action started to prove difficult for her to do.

Just recently, Applegate shared a photo of her new collection of walking sticks, which will now be a staple item in her every day.

“Walking sticks are now part of my new normal,” she wrote on Twitter. Thank you @neowalksticks for these beauties,” she wrote, before adding a cheeky throw-away line, “Stay tuned to see which ones make the cut for a week of stuff.”

The actress went a step further in terms of poking fun at herself this week, revealing her hilarious Halloween costume idea.

Dressed in a blow-up blue and black outfit, and being “abducted” by a blown-up green alien, Applegate captioned the photo of her with friends, “You don’t know sexy until you are sexy. Happy Halloween!”

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