‘She’s a strong one’: Selma Blair says her friend Christina Applegate is ‘nailing it’ when it comes to tackling multiple sclerosis
Christina Applegate and Selma Blair have been friends for years, but now that both are dealing with multiple sclerosis, their bond seems to have become stronger.
‘Oh gosh, I’ve known Christina for so many years,’ Selma, 50, told Entertainment Tonight. ‘We’re really close, and I’m just a fan of hers.’
The two met some 20 years ago on the set of the 2002 romantic comedy The Sweetest Thing, and have continued to support each other in good times and bad.
Strong bond: Christina Applegate, 50, and Selma Blair, 50, have been friends for years, but now that both are dealing with multiple sclerosis, their bond seems to have become stronger
The Dancing with the Stars alum returned to the show recently to take part in the season finale. Selma had to bow out from the competition due to health concerns.
Christina, 50, announced she had been diagnosed with the degenerative disorder in August 2021. The Bad Moms star didn’t make a public appearance after her diagnosis until she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame November 14. Selma was there to cheer her on.
In speaking about her longtime pal, the Another Life star contended Christina is tackling the disease like she would any other challenge.
Longtime pals: Christina and Selma have been friends for some 20 years. The worked together on the 2002 romantic comedy The Sweetest Thing with Cameron Diaz, 50
Walk of Fame: Christina announced her condition in August 2021. She made her first post-diagnosis public appearance November 14, when the actress received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Strong: MS is not Christina’s first health struggle. The Dead to Me star was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. Selma calls Christina ‘a strong one’ (Pictured in Los Angeles in January 2020)
‘There has not been one thing that she’s done that I haven’t been like, “Nailed it,” and she’s nailing just being who she is with this MS.’
MS is not Christina’s first health struggle. The Dead to Me star was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. The disease was in the early stages, but due to carrying the BRCA1 gene mutation, decided to undergo a double mastectomy. The actress had her fallopian tubes and ovaries removed in 2017 to prevent developing ovarian cancer, which can also be caused by the BRCA1 mutation.
Selma calls Christina ‘a strong one.’
Diagnosis: Selma was diagnosed with MS in 2018. She uses a cane and a support dog named Scout to help with mobility
Finale: Selma dropped out of the competition at Dancing with the Stars but returned for the season finale for a final performance
‘She’s such a nurturer. If you need something, she’s at your house. There have been things that I had been unglued, and she’s like, “I’m outside. Answer the door.” She’s just amazing and strong and fun.’
The Anger Management star has been on hand to offer advice about accessories to aid mobility.
‘I’m more like, “OK, if you need help with canes,” and that stuff, ’cause I’m like, really into all of that, like all the things that help me get around, but she’s getting it locked down.
Nailing it: Selma says offered advice about mobility, including the use of canes, but her friend is ‘nailing it’ by ‘just being who she is with this MS’