When the Oscars came around, it was time to go on a date with an actor
“It was a little like being married to the future of your career,” the actress tells PEOPLE.
“We were both in this very new place where we were both young and beautiful and both wanted to do something together.”
She pauses and then smiles.
“It’s such a beautiful feeling to be in love.”
On a date on the set of the upcoming ABC series “The Big Bang Theory” (which premieres Oct. 10), the star says she was nervous but excited for the chance to date an unknown actor.
“I wasn’t sure if he would like me or not,” she says.
“But I was happy to meet him because I wanted to show that I had a future.”
But the relationship was a bit more than just a date.
The actress says that her life and career changed drastically in the three years since she was in her mid-20s.
“After the accident that killed me, I was in a completely different place,” she remembers.
“When I started going out, I felt like it was going to be the end of me.”
The actress was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative neurological disorder, in 2016.
She began to experience anxiety and depression, and in the months leading up to her death, she underwent two brain surgeries, a double-blind MRI, and multiple CT scans.
In the days leading up, she says, she was diagnosed by doctors with the same disease as her mother, but they did not know what it was.
“I remember looking up from my laptop and realizing it was a rare form of brain cancer,” she recalls.
“So it was one of those things where I knew if I wasn’t getting better, I would probably die.”
After the surgeries, the actor says she felt more positive about herself, and after a few months, she and her husband decided to pursue an acting career together.
“It was very difficult to leave my life of being a performer and living in the world to try to have a career,” she admits.
“And I knew I wanted the same thing that my mom had.”
After her daughter was born, the actress decided to return to the acting world, and she now plays an Emmy-nominated actress on “The Good Wife” and “Breaking Bad.”
She also starred in the 2015 comedy “The Last Man Standing,” which premiered on Oct. 6.
But the star also had another life.
“My first day in a new place was going out to the mall with my friends and watching the sunset with my family,” she laughs.
“That was really amazing.”
Now, the 27-year-old is gearing up to embark on her next project, a Netflix series based on the life of the late director Werner Herzog, titled “The Great Escape.”
She will also be starring in the comedy “My Name Is Kelly,” which debuts on Oct., 16.
“That’s the dream of everything I’ve ever wanted to be,” she tells PEOPLE of the series.
“To be a part of something so important and important that has the chance of changing the world and changing the way people think about us.”
And now that she is no longer an actress, the star is looking forward to reuniting with her former friends, family and fans.
“My heart goes out to everyone I’ve had the pleasure of having a relationship with over the last six years,” she adds.
“They’ve been amazing.
And I’m grateful to them for what they’ve done for me and for the work they’ve given me.”
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