We best know actress Selma Blair from her performances in early noughts rom-coms like Legally Blonde and The Sweetest Thing. In 2018 the star revealed she was suffering from Multiple Sclerosis. Now in a new documentary, Introducing, Selma Blair, the 49-year-old records what she thought were the final days of her life.
Through the lens of director Rachel Fleit, we are given a raw and unfiltered insight into the actress’ daily battles with chemotherapy and stem-cell treatments all while trying to raise her son. Blair became so ill she believed she was “shooting the final days of my life.”
“I always thought I was on a reality show, like I was in a documentary, but only God would see it and disapprove,” Blair says in the trailer. “I would like it to be as dramatic as I am. I was told to make plans for dying. Not because I have MS, but because I’m fighting MS … I feel like I’m in that Tom Hanks movie where he’s stranded on an island.”
The newly-released trailer will surely give you chills. The film is slated to release into theatres from October 15 before being available on the Discovery+ streaming platform on October 21.
Blair first revealed she was suffering from MS in October 2018 after receiving the diagnosis from her doctor in August two months prior.
On Instagram at the time, she wrote, “I have #multiplesclerosis. I am in an exacerbation,” she wrote. “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.”
It comes just days after Christine Applegate revealed her own MS diagnosis this week. On Twitter she revealed, “Hi friends. A few months ago I was diagnosed with MS. It’s been a strange journey. But I have been so supported by people that I know who also have this condition. It’s been a tough road. But as we all know, the road keeps going. Unless some asshole blocks it.”
Loving you always. Always here. As are our kids. Beating us up with love
— Selma Blair (@SelmaBlair) August 10, 2021
MS is a chronic disease whereby the immune system the central nervous system, interfering with nerve impulses within the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. According to MS Australia, there is currently no cure but treatments are available to manage the symptoms.