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Christina Applegate is no stranger to acting; in fact, she's been doing it (practically) here entire life.

Her earliest memories include participating in plays alongside her mom because they couldn't afford a babysitter.

But now the 46-year-old actress and breast cancer survivor is intentionally staying out the spotlight to focus on the biggest role of her life: raising her 7-year-old daughter Sadie.

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Looking back on her career, she said that the toughest lesson was “learning to say no...I spent a lot of years yes-ing. [I was] such a people pleaser,” she explained.

After her breast cancer diagnosis, Applegate was counseled by a fellow cancer survivor to learn to put herself first. This meant turning down opportunities that may look good on paper, but may not sit right with your soul.

Though most of us will never understand what it's like to turn down a major movie role, we do understand the pressure that comes from constantly wanting to do the right thing for our families.

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Applegate went on to say, “If something doesn't sit right with you, you got to say no."

For more of Christina Applegate's interview and how she's juggling career and family, read the full article from Good Morning America.

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