Selma Blair pours heart out about battling alcoholism and depression — and hoping to land good roles again

Suzy Byrne
Editor, Yahoo Entertainment
Selma Blair at a celebration of the Aerin Collection by Williams Sonoma on May 9. (Photo: Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Aerin)

Among the Kardashian bikini pics and other drivel on Instagram today, there was Selma Blair, pouring her damn heart out.

The actress, who has appeared in Legally Blonde and Cruel Intentions, and let’s not forget she played a Kardashian (Kris Jenner in American Crime Story), posted a really raw, honest social media post about her 20-plus years in Hollywood. And she made it clear it hasn’t been all sunshine and roses, mentioning how she has “battled alcoholism and depression and anxiety” (she’s currently “winning”) and “hasn’t had hope I will really work again” now that she’s in her mid-40s and has actually lived a bit. The post, which she shared Tuesday on Instagram, is “heart on sleeve” honesty.


The gist was that after having really big early success (great roles, great directors, great mentors, great external opportunities for her being the faces of various fashion houses), she battled demons — which we know from her infamous 2016 midflight “psychotic blackout” while traveling with her son, Arthur, and his father, designer Jason Bleick.

While “I am now winning that battle,” she wrote, it took work getting there. Her troubles included four years of postpartum depression after the birth of her son, whom she is now a single mom to, as well as “crippling anxiety. I fell apart. The last moment being very public. I was sorry. I was humbled. I stayed humble.” But, like many, “I still struggle,” she added. Only, “I cry quietly so as not to wake my child. I am a good mother.”

And there was some really candid stuff about working in Hollywood as a 45-year-old actress. Blair, who shared her ordeal with James Toback, said she hasn’t been optimistic about her future in the biz, which is especially crappy considering “I finally have a well to draw from.”

But as she navigates the uncertain water, she is thankful to her friends and fans for “believing in me. I want to find the right work for me. And for me as a mom and as a woman who has come so far in personal ways. I want to make us all proud.”

She added that she was putting it all out there — on a random Tuesday in a random social media post — because you never know. Maybe it will lead to good things.

And maybe it will. Until then, we’ll be replying to her post with fingers crossed, thumbs up, applause, and every other supportive emoji we can think of because that was a heaping dose of real talk on this “random Tuesday” — and she deserves some love for it.

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