The creator of Dead To Me has detailed how they filmed the final season of Dead To Me following lead star Christina Applegate’s multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis.
Liz Feldman said half the season was over by the time Christina broke the devastating news.
However, she explained that Christina chose to finish the series and therefore the story did not change, but filming was done “on her terms”.
Horrible: The creator of Dead To Me has detailed how they filmed the final season of Dead To Me after leading star Christina Applegate’s multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis
Speak against Buzz feedshe said, “We had already shot 50% of the last season by the time she got her diagnosis.
“On Dead to Me we are completely out of order. We had shot scenes from all 10 episodes by the time the news came in, and there was no going back.”
“We were stuck with the story we had to tell, but that’s also the story Christina wanted to tell. She chose to finish.
“We did it on her terms and nothing was changed in the script at all. We did what we had to do to accommodate her in terms of blocking.”
Determined: Liz Feldman said half the season was over by the time Christina broke the devastating news
In a recent interview with the New York TimesChristina said there were talks about stopping filming, but she insisted on continuing for the sake of the characters.
She said, “I had an obligation to Liz and to Linda, to our story.”
Christina’s co-star Linda Cardellini got emotional when she opened up about her relationship with the actress at the premiere of Dead To Me.
On the red carpet, she talked about how castmate Christina got through filming the final season of the hugely popular Netflix black comedy.
Insistently: She explained, however, that Christina had chosen to finish the series and that was why the story didn’t change, but that filming was done “on her terms.”
Linda said People magazine: “We were all okay with her not wanting to come back [but] she chose to come back, and I think she is: she wanted to finish it.
“So I just wanted to be with her to finish it off and for both of us to lean on each other in whatever we needed.”
The Scooby-Doo star then got emotional as she spoke about her co-star and friend Christina and even revealed that there’s a beautiful scene their characters share leading up to the finale.
She said, “There’s a line in last season where I look at Christina and I say, ‘I had the best time,’ and then I say, ‘No, I had the best time with you.’ I think that really sums up my feeling about this show.
“I’ve had the best time and I’ve had the best time with Christina, and it’s very emotional because we love each other so much.”
On Monday, Christina received a well-deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Linda was there to support.
Aww: On Monday, Christina received a much-deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Linda was there to support her
The ladies shared a tender moment as they embraced as Linda held up the memorial plaque
Christina showed off her hands and unveiled a manicure that read “FU MS,” before dipping them into the cement to seal her place on the Walk of Fame
She was supported with a cane and her Married With Children co-star Katey Sagal on stage
Applegate first announced she had been diagnosed with MS on Twitter last year in August 2021
The ladies shared a tender moment as they embraced as Linda held up the memorial plaque.
Christina took aim at her debilitating condition when she showed off her freshly manicured nails as she read “FU MS” as she made her first public appearance since revealing how multiple sclerosis has plagued her mobility, leaving her unable to walk without a cane and had prompted her to gain 40 pounds.
The actress first revealed in August 2021 that she had been diagnosed with MS – a disease in which the immune system eats away the protective covering of nerves and interrupts the flow of information between the brain and body.
Earlier this month, she said the disease had destroyed her mobility, leaving her unable to walk without a cane and said she had gained 40 pounds.
Dead To Me revolves around the friendship between Christina’s character Jen Harding and Linda’s character Judy Hale, two widows who meet in a support group.
The third and final season of the series – which also stars James Marsden, Luke Roessler, Sam McCarthy, Diana Maria Riva and Max Jenkins – began streaming on Netflix on Thursday.
Sweet: Dead To Me revolves around the friendship between Christina’s character Jen Harding and Linda’s character Judy Hale, two widows who meet in a support group
WHAT IS MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS?
Multiple sclerosis (known as MS) is a condition in which the immune system attacks the body, causing nerve damage in the brain and spinal cord.
It is an incurable, lifelong condition. Symptoms can be mild in some and more extreme and cause severe disability in others.
MS affects 2.3 million people worldwide – including about one million in the US and 100,000 in the UK.
It is more than twice as common in women as in men. A person is usually diagnosed in their twenties and thirties.
The condition is more commonly diagnosed in people of European descent.
The cause is not clear. There may be genes associated with it, but it is not directly hereditary. Smoking and low vitamin D levels are also linked to MS.
Symptoms include fatigue, difficulty walking, vision problems, bladder problems, numbness or tingling, muscle stiffness and spasms, problems with balance and coordination, and problems with thinking, learning, and planning.
The majority of patients will have episodes of symptoms that go away and come back, while some have symptoms that gradually get worse over time.
Symptoms can be managed with medication and therapy.
The condition shortens average life expectancy by about five to ten years.