Selma Blair has been candid about how she lives her life after finding out she had multiple sclerosis. Just recently, she attended the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards where she presented the Outstanding Drama Series. The actress walked onto the stage with her crane and received a standing ovation from the audience.
The actress became famous after starring in hit movies such as Cruel Intentions and Legally Blonde. However, she announced her diagnosis in October 2018 through an Instagram post where she shared, “I was in this wardrobe fitting two days ago. And I am in the deepest gratitude. So profound, it is, I have decided to share. The brilliant costumer #Allisaswanson not only designs the pieces #harperglass will wear on this new #Netflix show, but she carefully gets my legs in my pants, pulls my tops over my head, buttons my coats and offers her shoulder to steady myself. I have #multiplesclerosis.”
She added then: “I am in an exacerbation. By the grace of the lord, and will power and the understanding producers at Netflix, I have a job. A wonderful job. I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken gps. But we are doing it. And I laugh and I don’t know exactly what I will do precisely but I will do my best.”
She never hid her condition. She even went on to star in a documentary that detailed her diagnosis. Based on the documentary, Introducing, Selma Blair, which premiered in March 2021, the actress revealed, “We have a long time to be dead and I spent so long trying to kill myself, or numb myself, or check out — or figure out how to be alive by being half dead. And now I just want to help other people feel better.”
Recently, she joined Dancing With the Stars season 31. She told Us Weekly, “Once I actually stood with Sasha [Farber, my DWTS partner] and really realized, like, ‘Oh, he can help me in general.’ I’m] so excited for camaraderie, for support [from] people. I did not realize how much I missed that and … there were terror and nerves [because] I don’t have experience dancing, like, with steps, I can pose like a dancer for maybe two seconds.”
She continued, “Once I decided [to join the show] and convinced my team that I could do this [and] that it wasn’t gonna be too dangerous for me that I could do this [because] we do these things we wanna find joy in and then I’m all in.”