- Christina Applegate joked that she made “a big fucking mistake” turning down “Legally Blonde.”
- “I’d have Witherspoon money,” she said about the role that launched Reese Witherspoon’s career.
- She thinks “Dead to Me” will be her last on-camera role because it was a “struggle” to film with MS.
In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Christina Applegate admitted to reporter Jessica Shaw that she regrets turning down the chance to play Elle Woods in the now-iconic 2001 romantic comedy “Legally Blonde.”
Reese Witherspoon eventually played the famous Harvard Law-educated lawyer who never met a pink outfit she didn’t like.
“I wouldn’t toy with the idea of ‘Legally Blonde’ because it felt too fresh getting out of ‘Married…With Children.’ It was very similar on paper,” Applegate said, adding that her decision was “a big fucking mistake.”
The “Dead to Me” actor, who was diagnosed with the nureological disease multiple sclerosis in the summer of 2021 joked that she’d have “Witherspoon money” if only she’d been a little bit more open-minded.
She’d just ended an 11-season stint of playing the stereotypical blonde Kelly Bundy on “Married…With Children,” a sitcom about a lower middle class Chicago-based family, four years eariler. So, it’s understandable why she didn’t want to play a “dumb” lawyer.
“You can’t imagine anyone playing Elle Woods other than Reese Witherspoon?” she asked rhetorically. “I would have completely screwed it up.”
Applegate has been open about why she wouldn’t even look at the script when it came to her attention for many years. But her missed opportunities have a darker tinge to them since she’s begun speaking about the realitiies of her life with MS, which is known to affect vision, speech, and mobility.
“I can’t even imagine going to set right now. This is a progressive disease. I don’t know if I’m going to get worse,” she told Vanity Fair. “I can do voiceover stuff because I have to support my family and keep my brain working.”
She finished filming the final season of “Dead to Me” after receiving her diagnosis and but admitted that it was an “incredible struggle” for her. “I’m relieved that I no longer have to push so hard to get through my day,” she added.
According to Applegate, life with MS is full of “little shitty days.”
“It fucking sucks,” she added.