Actress Christina Applegate attended the 2023 Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, likely the last time she will attend an award show amid her ongoing battle with multiple sclerosis.
Applegate, 51, who was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease in 2021, appeared on the red carpet wearing a black gown while standing next to her daughter. She also had a cane with an “FU MS” sticker attached to the side.
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The “Married With Children” alum said earlier this month that she was done with awards shows after the SAG Awards because she couldn’t imagine putting more energy into continuing to perform in her current condition.
“It’s my last awards show as an actor probably, so it’s kind of a big deal,” Applegate, 51, explained to The Los Angeles Times. “Right now, I couldn’t imagine getting up at 5 a.m. and spending 12 to 14 hours on a set; I don’t have that in me at this moment.”
Applegate revealed her diagnosis in 2021 but pushed on to complete the third and final season of her Netflix show “Dead to Me” — an effort she said was successful in part because of the support and friendship of co-star Linda Cardellini.
“I cry when I talk about Linda because I love her so much. The next person who gets to work with her, I hope they realize how incredibly lucky they are, because not only is she an incredible human but she’s a divine artist and is right there, present for you, no matter what,” Applegate said.
The “Anchorman” star said that the Netflix production crew was there for her as well, allowing her to take time off to process her diagnosis and begin treatment while helping her to work around obstacles the disease presents in real time.
“I was a wreck every day, but most of that wreck would take place in my trailer by myself. But there were times I’d break down on set and be like, ‘I can’t, we have to take a break, I need a half-hour,’ and everyone was so loving that it was okay,” she said.
Applegate recently revealed that in the 18 months since her diagnosis, she has gained nearly 40 pounds and relies on a cane to walk. She even attended her own Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony barefoot, explaining that MS can cause instability and discomfort, especially when wearing shoes.
“I’m never going to accept this. I’m pissed,” she said at the time.
Virginia Kruta contributed to this report.