Christina Applegate is grateful for SAG Awards nomination after difficult MS diagnosis: ‘I’ve had an incredibly hard year, and today this made me smile’
- Applegate tweeted her thanks at her nomination on Wednesday
- She was honored for her Netflix dramedy Dead To Me
- Applegate announced her multiple sclerosis diagnosis in August 2021
- She previously had a double mastectomy in 2008
- Her ovaries and fallopian tubes were also removed in 2018, again due to cancer
Christina Applegate shared her gratitude on Wednesday after being recognized by her peers with a nomination from the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
The 51-year-old actress was honored with a nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for her lead role in Netflix‘s acclaimed series Dead To Me.
She took to Twitter to salute the body and share her thanks for the honor.
‘Thank you @SAGawards for this nomination today! I have been a proud member of this union since 1975,’ she wrote.
Honored: Christina Applegate shared her gratitude on Wednesday after she received a SAG Awards nomination following her reveal in 2021 that she had been diagnosed with MS; seen in 2019 in LA
But the actress, who revealed her multiple sclerosis diagnosis in August 2021, also referenced to the health struggles she has dealt with recently.
‘I’ve had an incredibly hard year, and today this made me smile,’ she added.
Christina concluded her post with ‘love’ to her ‘peers,’ along with a special shoutout to ‘my sweet Jean Smart’ of Hacks fame, who was also nominated, as well as the ‘other incredible ladies I walk beside.’
She stars in Dead To Me as Jen Harding, a realtor who bonds with a woman named Judy that she meets at a grief counseling meeting (Linda Cardellini) after her husband is killed in a hit-and-run incident.
Acclaimed: She received a best actress nomination for her Netflix series Dead To Me
Tragedy: She stars in the show as a woman struggling to move on from the hit-and-run death of her husband
James Marsden also stars in the dark comedy in two roles, playing Judy’s abusive ex-fiancé in the first season and his brother, who strikes up a relationship with Jen, in the last two seasons.
But Jen’s attempts to move on from her husband’s death are threatened as she learns secrets about Cardellini’s identity and connection to his death.
Back in 2021, Applegate revealed that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis ‘a few months ago.’
‘It’s been a strange journey. But I have been so supported by people that I know who also have this condition. It’s been a tough road. But as we all know, the road keeps going. Unless some a****** blocks it,’ she wrote at the time.
‘As one of my friends that has MS said, “we wake up and take the indicated action,”‘ she continued. ‘And that’s what I do. So now I ask for privacy. As I go through this thing. Thank you xo.’
According to the National MS Society, the condition is an ‘unpredictable disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.’
Balance, sensation, the functioning of the arms and legs and even vision can be negatively affected by MS.
Twisty: She makes friends with a woman (Linda Cardellini) who has a mysterious connection to his death
Speaking out: Back in August 2021, Applegate revealed that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis ‘a few months ago’
However, treatments exist to slow the progression of the condition.
Affected individuals may live five to ten years less than unaffected people, but life expectancies are not drastically different.
The condition is believed to be two to three times as likely to affect women as men.
Although she didn’t share the identity of her friend with MS in her original post, she and the activist and MS advocate Selma Blair are known to be friends, and Blair spoke about their relationship post-diagnosis in November of last year.
‘I’ve known Christina for so many years, we’re really close, and I’m just a fan of hers,’ she told Entertainment Tonight following the Dancing With The Stars finale.
‘She is an iconic California girl actress of my generation, and she is it,’ the Hellboy actress continued. ‘There has not been one thing that she’s done that I haven’t been like, “Nailed it,” and she’s nailing just being who she is with this MS.’
She added that Christina had supported her following her diagnosis in October of 2018.
Old friends: Although she didn’t share the identity of her friend in her original post, she and the activist and MS advocate Selma Blair are known to be friends, and Blair spoke about their relationship post-diagnosis in November of last year; Selma and Christina seen in NYC in 2002
Last month, during an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show, Christina described shooting the third and final season of Dead To Me after her diagnosis as the ‘hardest thing’ she had ever done.
‘Shooting the show was the hardest thing I’d ever done in my life because I was diagnosed during shooting. I didn’t know what was happening to me,’ she explained.
She had enough trouble walking to set that she had to use a wheelchair, and after she was urged to get checked out and got her diagnosis she started to think back on little signs and symptoms that may have popped up over the previous four years.
”It sucked balls,’ she said of her diagnosis.
‘I was freaking out’: Last month on The Kelly Clarkson Show, Christina said shooting the final season of Dead To Me after her diagnosis was as the ‘hardest thing’ she had ever done. She said she required a wheelchair to get to set
Christina has a history about being open about her health struggles so that others can benefit from the exposure.
Back in 2008, she shared that she had undergone double mastectomy surgery for breast cancer.
She opted for the surgery rather than less invasive options in hopes of preventing the cancer from spreading in the future.
‘It came on really fast. It was one of those things that I woke up and it felt so right,’ Applegate told CNN.
‘It just seemed like, “I don’t want to have to deal with this again. I don’t want to keep putting that stuff in my body. I just want to be done with this,” and I was just going to let them go.’
A decade later, she revealed that her ovaries and fallopian tubes had been removed, also to reduce her risk of cancer.
Health struggles: In 2008, Christina underwent a double mastectomy to reduce the likelihood of cancer spreading, and in 2018 she revealed her ovaries and fallopian tubes had been removed, also to prevent the spread of cancer; seen in 2019 in LA
Christina Applegate’s ‘tough road ahead’: What is multiple sclerosis (MS) and what are the symptoms?
MS is a condition that can affect the brain and spinal cord, causing a wide range of potential symptoms, including problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance.
The immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between your brain and the rest of your body.
It’s a lifelong condition that can sometimes cause serious disability, although it can occasionally be mild.
A study of the incidence of MS, developed in conjunction with Public Health England (PHE), estimates that 18% of total MS diagnoses in the UK are in people age 30 or under. This is compared to the previous estimate of only 12%.
There are 130,000 people living with MS in the UK and, in the last year alone, the charity estimates more than 1,250 people under 30 have been diagnosed. It is the most common progressive neurological condition in young people today.
When diagnosed with MS, no one can predict how the condition will affect you, how disabled you will become, or how quickly, and tens of thousands of people still have no treatment to help as their MS advances.
2023 SAG AWARD NOMINATIONS – FULL LIST
Best Leading Actor
Austin Butler – Elvis
Colin Farrell – The Banshees Of Inisherin
Brendan Fraser – The Whale
Bill Nighy – Living
Adam Sandler – Hustle
Best Leading Actress
Cate Blanchett -Tar
Viola Davis – The Woman King
Ana de Armas – Blonde
Danielle Deadwyler – Till
Michelle Yeoh – Everything Everywhere All At Once
Best Supporting Actor
Paul Dano – The Fablelmans
Brenda Gleeson – The Banshees of Inisherin
Barry Keoghan – The Banshees of Inisherin
Ke Huy Quan – Everything Everywhere All At Once
Eddie Redmayne – The Good Nurse
Best Supporting Actress
Angela Bassett – Ramonda
Hong Chau – The Whale
Kerry Condon – The Banshees of Inisherin
Jamie Lee Curtis – Everything Everywhere All At Once
Stephanie Husu – Everything Everywhere All At Once
Outstanding Performance by a cast in Motion Picture
Lesley Manville – Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris Babylon
The Banshees Of Inisherin
Everything Everywhere All At Once
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in Motion Picture tor
Avatar: The Way Of Water
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Top Gun: Maverick
The Woman King
Best Leading Actor in TV Movie/ Limited Series
Steve Carell – The Patient
Taron Egerton – Black Bird
Sam Elliott – 1883
Paul Walter Hauser – Black Bird
Evan Peters – Dahmer – Monster
Best Leading Actress in TV Movie/ Limited Series
Emily Blunt – The English
Jessica Chastain – George & Tammy
Julia Garner – Inventing Anna
Niecy Nash-Betts Dahmer – Monster
Amanda Seyfried – The Dropout
Best Actor in a Drama Series
Jonathan Banks – Better Call Saul
Jason Bateman – Ozark
Jeff Bridges – The Old Man
Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul
Adam Scott – Severance
Best Actress in a Drama Series
Jennifer Coolidge – The White Lotus
Elizabeth Debicki – The Crown
Julia Garner – Ozark
Laura Linney – Ozarlk
Zendaya – Euphoria
Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Carrigan – Barry
Bill Hader – Barry
Steve Martin – Only Murders In The Building
Martin Short – Only Murders In The Building
Jeremy Allen White – The Bear
Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Christina Applegate – Dead To Me
Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Quinta Brunson – Abbott Elementary
Jenna Ortega – Wednesday
Jean Smart – Hacks
Best Ensemble in a Drama Series
Better Call Saul
The White Lotus
eff Bridges – The Old Man
Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Only Murders In The Building
iego Luna – Andor
Bob Odenkirk – Better Caul Saul
Adam Scott – Severance
Best Stunt Ensemble in a TV Series
House Of The Dragon
The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power