Selma Blair Reveals Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis

Actor Selma Blair, known for her roles in Cruel Intentions and Hellboy, said in an Instagram post on Saturday evening that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in August. While Blair only recently learned of her condition, in the post she said she may have been exhibiting symptoms for 15 years.

In the post Blair said that she struggled with mobility on her left side, that her memory is often foggy, and that she struggles with fatigue. Multiple sclerosis is a chronic condition that affects the brain and or the spinal cord and can cause vision problems, muscle stiffness, balance problems, fatigue and others.

Blair is currently filming Another Life, a new Netflix series co-starring Katee Sackhoff, about astronauts on a mission to explore the origin of an alien artifact. Blair said she felt empowered to talk openly about her diagnosis because of the help shes received from Another Lifes costume designer, Allisa Swanson. “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.”

Blair thanked a handful of friends and family who have stood by her since her official diagnosis and said shes received messages of love and support from them and others who have M.S.—who are thanking Blair for talking about her diagnosis and living with the disease.

Get Vanity Fairs HWD NewsletterSign up for essential industry and award news from Hollywood.

[contf] [contfnew]

Vanity Fair

[contfnewc] [contfnewc]