On this week’s podcast episode, we have two guests who are no stranger to the awards circuit: Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini, the dynamic duo of “Dead to Me.” (In fact, they were both nominated for lead actress in a comedy at last year’s Emmys.) The pair are expected to fare well when SAG Award nominations are announced.
Both performers made their breakthroughs on television with wildly different depictions of teenagers — Applegate with her turn as can’t-be-bothered Kelly Bundy on “Married … With Children” and Cardellini with hers as shy and brainy Lindsay Weir, who is trying to find her place in high school, in “Freaks and Geeks.” These days, the actresses have teamed as unlikely besties with a deadly streak in the Netflix dark comedy.
Applegate plays Jen Harding, recently widowed, and Cardellini plays Judy Hale, the woman who accidentally killed Jen’s husband in a hit-and-run. Although developed under unusual (and deceptive) circumstances, their friendship blossoms into a mutual dependency and something profound — even as bizarre situations continue to engulf them.
“The trust that we have with each other in life, and on screen, which just happened magically, kind of instantly for us, I’m so grateful for,” Cardellini said. “It’s a gift in my real life and it’s a gift in my professional life. I love when we’re on set together. I couldn’t even hope for a better partner. The idea of playing these two characters — two women [who are] such great and separate and layered and rich characters, and then to be playing them with Christina … it makes it so much fun when we have to do the things that we do. Even the terrible things.”
“We didn’t have to develop it because we were protective of each other from Day One — as women, as friends,” Applegate said. “And when you feel protected, you feel safe enough to go places that you need to go. And I feel like we protected each other on a personal level. That trust let us be able to feel safe of where we had to be and where we had to go as characters, as people. I’m very protective of Linda. I would hurt anyone who hurt Linda. I would take them down … with a ceramic bird.”
(Viewers of the show will get that reference.)
Created by Liz Feldman, the series returned for its second season last May, a few weeks into the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be back for a third and final season.
Linda was nominated for the 2021 Screen Actors Guild Awards in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series category for “Dead to Me”.
Christina Applegate (“Dead to Me”)
Linda Cardellini (“Dead to Me”)
Kaley Cuoco (“The Flight Attendant”)
Annie Murphy (“Schitt’s Creek”)
Catherine O’Hara (“Schitt’s Creek”)
The 27th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards are set to happen on April 4, 2021 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.
So I went ahead and added the whole missing images of Linda Cardellini from season 2 of Dead To Me: poster, behind the scenes, episodic stills and screencaptures.
I added to the gallery a missing category with a few magazines featuring Linda Cardellini. Take a look and enjoy!
The hit traumedy “Dead to Me” is a one-of-a-kind series that explores the absurdity and twists and turns of life, according to its show creator and main leads.
Presented by Netflix, the Variety Streaming Room welcomed creator and executive producer Liz Feldman and stars Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini for an exclusive Q&A, hosted by Variety senior features editor, TV, Danielle Turchiano, exploring series highlights, behind-the-scenes experiences and the “torturous fun” that is the show’s creation process.
“For me, I was longing to create a show that felt true to life in its tone, maybe not in the situation, obviously,” Feldman said. “It’s a bit of a heightened situation, sometimes even soap opera-esque at times. But I really wanted the characters to feel grounded. I wanted it to feel like ordinary people in extraordinary situations, because the way that I realized that I look at life is that any given day can be a traumedy.”
Applegate said she often jokes that the series is a documentary for her, due to the fact that her character Jen, a no-bullshit and quick-to-anger Brooklynite, is imbued with Applegate’s own personal history. “This show has its own tone, so it was beautiful for us to all create the world that we were living in and finding that balance between the humor not being jokes, but the humor because life is just bizarre and funny and painful,” Applegate said.
A significant aspect of the show’s tone is colored by grief, something Feldman wanted to emphasize in Jen’s personality, especially through the character’s penchant for cursing. “I definitely imbued the character with that New York toughness … I wanted her to be repellent to people, if possible, because that’s how it feels when you’re in grief. When you’re in grief, it … makes people feel really uncomfortable. Also, she’s extremely angry and she has every right to be.”
When crafting Cardellini’s character Judy, an optimistic over-apologizer and the antithesis of Jen, Feldman said her romance with Michelle (Natalie Morales) in Season 2 was deliberately crafted to be a unique portraiture of queer womanhood.
“I just didn’t want to tell the coming out story with Judy, because it’s just not about that,” Feldman said. “This is a show about grief, loss, forgiveness, friendship … She never has to make a grand announcement. She never has to sit Jen down and say, ‘I have to tell you something. I like women,’ because, in my experience, being gay or queer is just normal … and I was just longing to see a narrative on TV that reflected that normalcy.”