Watch: Selma Blair shares how Sarah Michelle Gellar stepped up after her MS prognosis


Selma Blair opened up about her decades-long friendship with Sarah Michelle Gellar in a new SELF video about the advice she would give to her younger self. « I think I knew from the first moment I met Sarah Michelle Gellar that we would be friends forever, and she made it happen, » Blair said. « If you have Sarah Michelle Gellar as your best friend, you really don’t need a lot of other friends. »

Blair explained that she wanted to work with Gellar long before the two met. « I watched Sarah Michelle Gellar on All my children, but I think I told someone, even before I was an actress; it was wishful thinking – I’m going to New York, and I’ll try to continue All my children and be friends with Kendall [the character Gellar played on the show].” Blair had no idea their paths would cross on the set of the 1999 hit cruel intentions. « I had no idea my first big movie would be kissing Sarah Michelle Gellar, every scene would be with her, » Blair said. « I mean, it’s amazing… Thank you, universe. »


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Blair, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2018, also said Gellar had stood by her through the tough times in her life, offering decidedly practical support. “She showed up and was there and helped and organized me from the start,” Blair said. « One of the best people to organize, for example, with the community, like food trains for me. » Blair went on to say that Gellar’s acts of kindness taught her how to care for others in times of crisis: « She really gave me tools to know how to help people. »

Gellar also helped Blair cross the stage at the People’s Choice Awards last month, where she accepted the contestant of 2022 award for her performance on the 31st season of Dancing with the starsaccording to People. In her acceptance speech, Blair joked about the kiss she shared with Gellar in cruel intentions and thanked her for her support, saying: « Oh my God, the last time I won an award was when I kissed you, Sarah. Good luck, for sure. Really, thank you Sarah to be there for everything means something to me. Gellar posted a photo of the two of them at the ceremony on Instagramcongratulating her « best friend » on the award.

Reflecting on the relationship, Blair said she would have told her younger self that she had nothing to worry about with Gellar by her side. « I love her more than ever. I’m the luckiest girl, » Blair said. « What was worrying me? » She also joked about how she showed their friendship, adding: « How did I make this happen? It’s amazing, when you think about it. »

The video, produced alongside SELF’s January cover, in which Blair talks in depth about her journey with MS, DWTS experience and advocacy for people with disabilities – also looks back on other key moments in the actress’ life, including the struggles of motherhood, the publication of her diagnosis and the writing of her « dream » memoirs.


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