All these years Selma Blair had appeared in fan-favorite motion pictures — Cruel Intentions, Legally Blonde and The Sweetest Thing, simply to call just a few — she was struggling.
“I’d compare myself to people. I didn’t understand people didn’t hurt every day,” Blair stated in an interview with Variety printed Thursday. “I’ve hurt since I can remember.”
The actress recollects notably robust instances after the delivery of her son, Arthur, the now 11-year-old she shares with ex-partner Jason Bleick.
“I really couldn’t move,” she said. “The ache was so intense in each joint, in my hip, all the things.”
So when Blair finally received a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, which she shared with the world in 2018, she actually felt relief.
“If I may have acknowledged that there was one thing actual — a label that individuals understood — it will have simply helped me emotionally,” Blair said of the days she was left wondering what was going on with her body. “If I may have discovered this label and given myself some solace that I used to be truly a fucking trouper, I might have been a lot simpler on myself.”
Blair revealed last month that she was “in remission” after undergoing a stem cell transplant in 2019, a process documented in her upcoming nonfiction film, Introducing, Selma Blair.
The treatment — which was suggested to Blair by actress Jennifer Grey, whom she had never met before — sounds excruciating: chemotherapy for two months to reduce her immune system to almost nothing, then the transplanting of cells previously taken from her body in an effort to rebuild that same system.
The procedure was so delicate that the 49-year-old had to film herself in some instances. No one was even allowed in her room because of the high risk of infection.
Despite the MS, Blair has continued to appear onscreen. She says that she might even act again in the future “if there’s the precise factor.”
Introducing, Selma Blair premieres Oct. 15 in theaters and Oct. 21 on Discovery+.