Christina Applegate, Netflix, Norman Lear discussed on Fresh Air

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What's in your wallet? Capital, One in a, that's get back to my interview with Christina Applegate. She stars on the new Netflix series dead to me, as a woman, grieving, the sudden death of her husband, did you feel that the show was sexist in its portrayal of your character, and Katie the character of the mother. I think it was commentary on, on people that are sexist. It wasn't there to operate as, as this is what this is. It's it's going like you know, it's like do like do look at Archie bunker, and take it for face value. Or do you think that, that Norman Lear was brilliant and going, this is a slice of American life? And this is actually happening not to compare us to all in the family, which I would never, but I think that. The guys that created it, this was them going okay, these people exist. But at the same time this family would do anything for each other at the end of the day. So the series was considered very raunchy in its time. So tame compared to what? Oh, I know I know I know, but there was pressure from the right that this was like an anti-family show that was to sexual is there was a letter writing campaign. How much attention did you pay to the none? It actually made us more popular made. It seem more controversial and more edgy. Yeah, we actually used to send a fruit basket to Terry recall to every year. Who who started a letter writing him? God bless her. Thank you. We had a great run because of that. Do you remember any of the specific scenes that the letter writing campaign objected to? A no but like we couldn't even Erin episode that the women had their period. Like really, everybody. Women get their periods and it's funny when women are together and they're cranky. And they're this, and we, we couldn't a or she, I think she was upset about that episode item. Remember, I mean we're talking. Thirty some years ago. So it's I don't really remember any specifics because it wasn't really a thing, it wasn't something that we were all like shaking in our boots about, and that I'm not trying to be snotty about it or, or anything. I'm just saying like at that time, we had to continue doing what we were doing an if we had altered the way in which we were doing things than than other people win. And I always said, like, you know, if you if you have a problem with it turn the channel so you were born into show business in a way your mother was an actress and singer, she sang backup on Leonard Cohen's first album. I thought that was she did. Yeah. So tell us a little bit about her career. Herger started in New York. She was in a group called the bitter end singers for many years, back in the sixties early sixties. And then she, she made this really beautiful album called you've come this way before in the late sixties. This was around the time she met my dad, and then they she was Millais than at that time, and, you know, continue to act here and there, but then she had a baby, and she was on her own those that baby with me that babies me, there's only me, I mean, I do have a brother and sister for through my father and his his previous wife, but, you know, she was alone. And so that's kind of how I started doing it is that she couldn't afford childcare, so I would end up going on dishes with her or going to she was part of a, a playwright group, and I would end up, she just they would put me in the plays because she couldn't find anyone to watch me, and that's kind of where it all sort of happened. You're unscreened when you were three months old and five months old. What were the roles and will you playing your mother to call them? Do the call them. Roll my mother's child. That's the thing is it. And I was walk on. Yes, no, I was played. It was with my mom. So it was we did a Playtex nursery commercials. She did a place techs nurse commercial, but they she had a baby. So it was perfect. And then she was on of our lives like one or two episodes, or something, in that character had a baby and luckily, she had a baby. And those were those were my first onscreen appearances have you gone back on watch them. I've seen the I've seen. I haven't seen the days of our lives. I don't even know what will wear to find that somehow some talk show was on, like one hundred years ago. They had they were able to get the clip of the commercial, and it's really it's really funny 'cause she's like, you know, everyone kind of talked with, like a mid Atlantic accent back, then, you know, when they're actors like everyone had like a little bit of a weird accent and. She was like she spits up less than has less gas. That's what my mom. Where you adorable. Oh, yes. Well, of course. So since your mother was in show business, and you got started when you were still an infant, because you played her infants or she could do her job with hiring a babysitter did that give her the impression you should keep doing this is that how you got involved in it as sort of organically just happened. And then the I mean, I don't really remember my childhood that very well to be honest with you. I. Just know that it was always just a part of my life. I was always doing it in some capacity. I was are there like in an acting class. I remember being in an acting class in loving it when I was really young probably around my daughter's age and commercials. And then episode it just sort of happened, there wasn't like a goal or anyone pushing anyone to do anything it was just sort of what I did. Also we needed another income. So you know it helps with you know our livelihood. So it just it that just, just was the way it was. Well, let's secretary break here. And then we'll talk some more if you're just joining us, my guess, is Christina, Applegate, and she's no stirring in the Netflix series. Dead to me..

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