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Selma Blair opens up about her new documentary on living with multiple sclerosis

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‘I’m scared because it’s a lot’: Selma Blair is sharing what she has gone through with multiple sclerosis battle because she wants people to see ‘the truth’


In a new interview Selma Blair discussed living with chronic illness.

With the release of her new documentary Introducing, Selma Blair, the 49-year-old actress has been on a press tour speaking about her multiple sclerosis diagnosis.

‘I’m scared because it’s a lot,’ the mother-of-one recently told People about the new project.

Speaking out: In a new interview Selma Blair opened up about living with chronic illness; seen in early October

Speaking out: In a new interview Selma Blair opened up about living with chronic illness; seen in early October

Introducing, Selma Blair follows the Hollywood vet over 25 days as she endures the struggles of the incurable degenerative neurological disease. 

The show hones in on the star’s 2019 stem cell treatment, which reset her immune system.

Blair told the publication, ‘It was a really hard time in my life, but I want to tell the truth about MS. It is important to me that people see what living with a chronic illness is like.’

The feature portrays the transitions in the petite beauty’s life pre, mid, and post treatment. 

Sharing her experience: With the release of her new documentary Introducing, Selma Blair, the 49-year-old actress has been on a press tour speaking about her multiple sclerosis diagnosis

Sharing her experience: With the release of her new documentary Introducing, Selma Blair, the 49-year-old actress has been on a press tour speaking about her multiple sclerosis diagnosis

Rachel Fleit, who directed the film, also spoke with the media outlet, weighing in on her experience working with the subject.

‘Nothing was off-limits,’ Fleit said about getting involved. ‘There was nothing we couldn’t show or couldn’t talk about. She didn’t even do hair and makeup the whole time.’ 

The two women connected over both having hair loss. ‘We have a lot in common, spiritually, emotionally,’ said the filmmaker, who has alopecia. 

‘But then, the first thing she said to me, which has become a little joke that we tell people, is that she has actually alopecia of the eyelash, and she showed me on FaceTime.’

Nervous: About sharing the project, the mother-of-one recently told People, 'I'm scared because it's a lot'; seen in an outtake from the doc

Nervous: About sharing the project, the mother-of-one recently told People, ‘I’m scared because it’s a lot’; seen in an outtake from the doc

Snippet: Introducing, Selma Blair follows the Hollywood vet over 25 days as she endures the struggles of the incurable degenerative neurological disease; seen in the film with her son Arthur

Snippet: Introducing, Selma Blair follows the Hollywood vet over 25 days as she endures the struggles of the incurable degenerative neurological disease; seen in the film with her son Arthur

The intimate documentary premiered at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival, and won the Special Jury Award for Exceptional Intimacy in Storytelling in the Documentary Feature Competition. 

Fleit added, ‘I found this incredible, remarkable subject who was going through something quite intense and extremely painful and difficult that needed to be shown to the world.

‘There’s emotion and pain, but it isn’t a sad story. It’s actually quite an inspiring one.’ 

Vulnerable: The inside look hones in on the star's 2019 stem cell treatment, which reset her immune system

Vulnerable: The inside look hones in on the star’s 2019 stem cell treatment, which reset her immune system

The Cruel Intentions actress first came forward with her diagnosis in 2018 and has openly shared about it on social media.

Produced by Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon and Troy Nankin, the film earned three Critics Choice Award nominations including Best Documentary Feature. 

Introducing, Selma Blair is currently available in select theaters and will be released on Discovery+ Oct. 21.

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