Selma Blair covers the May 2021 issue of Town & Country magazine photographed by Alexi Lubomirski and styled by Elizabeth Stewart. Selma Blair rose to fame as one of her generation’s most acclaimed performers. Today she’s not only an actress but an advocate, and it might just be the greatest role of her life.
On inspiring others: “I am aware my challenges affect other hopeful or isolated people—and a few of them may be joyful snobs like me. I’m very comfortable in my body, mostly because I am now making a deeper positive connection with it. I am fascinated by this body and this life. I am humbled and pleased to be any inspiration for people.”
On believing beauty isn’t frivolous: “I’ve been made up by some of the most famous makeup artists since I started acting, and I’ve felt so transformed by their makeup that I really did become a different person. It was a superpower to me, and I mean this. Makeup is not trivial to me. If anything moves the needle for me in my life—even before my diagnosis or challenges—it is my gorgeous war paint. I don’t mind if my muscles get caught at the intersection of a slow brain signal. I just want those words to come from lips covered in Chanel gloss.”
On showing up at the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar party with a cane: “It was a no-brainer, and there was no choice. I hadn’t been on a red carpet for so long, and now I was coming. I knew, since my diagnosis, people might be watching. I didn’t know if I would be forgotten about and be the last one on the red carpet.”
On Legally Blonde: “Legally Blonde is one of those Technicolor Hollywood films that really spans the ages. Now we see things with a different lens, and all those things [the movie portrays] are celebrations of the human spirit. It’s dressed up in pink and feathers and glitter, but it’s eye-catching and kind. I love that the world’s more like that.”
On what she still hopes to accomplish: “One day I would hope to be a great writer, and that people who were with me on this journey from when I was little, in Cruel Intentions, and got to make mistakes and really mess things up, can come back and see a whole new way of me being at peace with myself.”
Sarah Michelle Gellar on her friendship with Selma: “We have one of the purest friendships I have ever had. We’re able to be scared, to feel the highs and lows. Between Covid and her diagnosis, a lot of the barriers that we put up have been broken down. [Before the pandemic,] if she was having a bad day I would come over and crawl into bed with her, and we would lie there for hours and watch HGTV. We didn’t have to talk, and to me, real friendships are when you can sit in silence and know that the other person is there to love and support you.”
The May issue will be on newsstands 4/27.
Cover: Prabal Gurung Top | Irene Neuwirth Earrings | David Webb Ring
First and Second Images: Prada Cape, Top and Turtleneck | Cartier Earrings
Third and Fourth Images: Prabal Gurung Top | Irene Neuwirth Earrings | David Webb Ring
[Photo Credit: Alexi Lubomirski for Town & Country Magazine]