Selma Blair was told to "make plans for dying" amid her battle with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
The Cruel Intentions actress was diagnosed with the degenerative condition in 2018 and in 2019, she underwent a stem cell transplant, which was a risky procedure because she had to stop taking her medication, undergo chemotherapy and isolate in hospital for weeks after the treatment.
In a trailer for her new documentary Introducing, Selma Blair — which chronicled the process — she said: "The options ran out. A stem cell transplant is the thing that's going to help me if anything will...
"I was told to make plans for dying. "Not because I have MS, because I'm fighting MS."
The 49-year-old actress feels like the documentary has offered her her "first real starring 'role'" although she worried her candid look at her illness might have "horrified" her mother.
She told Vanity Fair: “Honestly, [this is] my first real starring ‘role.'
"My beloved mother would be horrified how I let myself go in front of the camera. ‘Abhorrent!’ she would say.”
Selma hopes the documentary will be informative and offer hope to people.
She said: "I had the conviction of thinking I had something to share. You keep opening windows or closing doors and finding tools. I hope my little life gives someone who needs it some hope or a laugh or more awareness of ourselves. I hope the film shows that MS varies. That people's strengths and weaknesses vary. All the emotions of life make healing variable too. For all of us."
Director Rachel Fleit — who also has an autoimmune condition — thinks the documentary shows just how much of a "star" Selma is.
She said: "She has felt like a supporting actress. But she becomes a leading lady. She finds a whole new purpose in her life; she fully embraces herself. Now she inspires millions. She has an enormous platform on social media…. We see it [in the film] so clearly — she's just such a star."
The trailer arrived a few days after Selma's The Sweetest Thing co-star Christina Applegate opened up about her MS diagnosis.
Shortly after Christina's announcement, Selma took to Twitter to respond with a showing of love and support. "Loving you always. Always here. As are our kids. Beating us up with love," Selma wrote.
Christina replied, "I love our two weirdos. They are so fun."
Loving you always. Always here. As are our kids. Beating us up with love— Selma Blair (@SelmaBlair) August 10, 2021
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