- Christina Applegate said Selma Blair told her to get tested for multiple sclerosis during a playdate with their kids.
- The “Sweetest Thing” costars were diagnosed with the neurological disease about three years apart.
- They’ve both shared love and admiration for each other in the press since Applegate’s 2021 diagnosis was revealed.
In a new profile of Selma Blair for British Vogue’s May 2023 issue, Christina Applegate told reporter Frances Ryan that her friend Blair is the reason she got tested for multiple sclerosis (MS) and is “going to have a better quality of life.”
“I was sitting in Selma’s living room, our children playing, and I told Selma I’d been having this weird tingling in my feet,” Applegate told Ryan via a voice note. “She said, ‘You must get tested for MS.’ [Even my doctor doubted it] but there it was. In essence, because of her I’m going to have a better quality of life.”
The “Dead to Me” star has previously revealed that she was officially diagnosed with the neurological disease that has varying symptoms but often affects vision, speech, and mobility while filming the final season of Netflix’s hit dramedy.
It’s unclear what year Applegate and Blair had the conversation, but their children were born a year apart. Blair’s son Arthur Bleick, who she shares with her former partner, fashion designer Jason Bleick, is 11 years old. Applegate’s daughter Sadie Grace LeNoble, who she shares with her husband, musician Martyn LeNoble, is 12 years old.
The two actors, who were costars in the 2002 movie “The Sweetest Thing,” have a strong bond and have publicly supported each other over the years, such as when Blair attended Applegate’s Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony in November 2022.
Blair told Entertainment Tonight in an interview after the ceremony that they both support each other as they live with MS. “If you need something, she’s at your house,” Blair said of Applegate. She added that at times when she has come “unglued,” Applegate literally showed up at her doorstep.
In the British Vogue profile, Applegate shared how Blair has used her diagnosis to bring about positive change in disability representation. “Selma has had an incredible impact on the MS community but, more so, she’s had an impact on how the world views it,” she said.