If Christina Applegate wins an Emmy Award this September for the NBC laffer “Up All Night,” she will have something in common with Jennifer Aniston, Candice Bergen, Helen Hunt and Lisa Kudrow. All of these funny ladies claimed trophies for episodes where their characters gave birth, and that is exactly the subject of Applegate’s possible submission if nominated as Best Comedy Actress.
In a video chat with Gold Derby, Applegate revealed that she and the flashback episode’s writer Caroline Williams had babies just two weeks apart. “We kind of went on the same journey at the same time. We really brought in a lot of things that had happened personally. I got it, and I thought it was written very full,” she added. “I had some great funny stuff that I got to do that was so bizarre, which is the kind of stuff I love, like singing that live song.”
Applegate is also a producer on the freshman laffer, so she could earn a nomination in the Best Comedy Series category as well. Her character, new mom Reagan Brinkley, is the producer of a daytime talker anchored by her pal Ava (Maya Rudolph). She juggles work and a hectic home life with husband Chris (Will Arnett) and baby Amy.
Over the course of the rookie season, Applegate said it has been a journey trying to achieve the right tone to keep things in balance. “We’re trying to find how to work these two worlds into one another,” she said. “A lot of the times it was Reagan playing over here and then Reagan coming into this world. How do you intertwine that? How do you make all three of these worlds come together?”
Applegate has been working mostly in television for the past quarter century, an achievement she recently celebrated on the Fox Network’s 25th anniversary special where she reunited with her “Married with Children” co-stars. She won an Emmy Award in 2003 for guesting on “Friends,” defeating four veterans (Georgia Engel, Betty Garrett, Cloris Leachman, and Betty White). She contended again the following year for another appearance on “Friends” and reaped lead actress bids in 2008 and 2009 for “Samantha Who?.”