Selma Blair, 49, presented a documentary about her illness called Introducing, Selma Blair, directed by Rachel Flute. In the film, Selma talked about the emotions she experienced when she first heard from doctors her terrible diagnosis – multiple sclerosis, as well as the emotional and physical suffering that she experienced on the way to remission.
At the presentation of the film, which took place last Saturday in the Hamptons, Selma could not hold back her tears when after the film the audience gave her a standing ovation. Later, the star of the movie “Cruel Intentions” explained that such an emotional reaction was also related to her illness.
Just a minute ago, I didn’t feel as incredible as I do now. I was pretty tough, so thank you. Because of the illness, I also have a pseudobulbar syndrome (it is characterized by uncontrollable bouts of crying or laughing. – Ed.), So I cannot stop crying. But this reaction is better than its alternative. Other things that happen with this disorder are really nasty, so tears are better. Wish I could be more collected in front of the crowd. It means a lot to me
– Blair addressed the guests gathered at the premiere.
Selma Blair and Rachel Flute
One of the key figures in the documentary was Selma's mother, Molly Cook. She passed away at the age of 82 last May, however, due to restrictions associated with the coronavirus pandemic, Blair was unable to attend her funeral. At the premiere, Selma admitted that this was her first long trip after the outbreak of the pandemic, and told how she felt about this:
I am so happy to be around people again. I realized that my trip to the Hamptons was my first exit from home since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. I could not even go to my homeland to bury my mother. I understand how touching it is to just go out for coffee for the first time and visit your beloved horse.
Selma Blair with her son Arthur
Recall that Selma Blair publicly spoke about her diagnosis in 2018. Since then, the actress has undergone several courses of treatment, and in August of this year she announced that she was finally in remission. Blair considers her ten-year-old son Arthur the main motivation for treatment.
I have an excellent prognosis. She is in remission. The stem cell treatment worked. It took about a year, but now the inflammation has really decreased, – said Blair.