See Sarah Michelle Gellar's Sweet Tribute To Selma Blair, Who Was Diagnosed With MS

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair have known each other for a good while. They appeared in Scream 2 together, and they were also in one of the most famous scenes in 1999's thriller Cruel Intentions. While they haven't worked together in awhile, they haven't lost their affection for each other. In fact, when it was tragically announced that Selma Blair had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, it was certainly hard news to hear. But when Blair made her way onto the Oscars red carpet this weekend, Sarah Michelle Gellar wanted to take a moment to celebrate her long-time friend and fellow actress. She posted:

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The emotional message from Sarah Michelle Gellar paid tribute to her former co-star. She called Selma Blair a "dear friend" and she claimed that it would be a "gross understatement" to say she's "proud." The former Buffy star was deeply moved by Blair's confidence when she appeared in front of cameras galore at the Oscars ceremony, and she was equally gratified to see her friend talk about multiple sclerosis on Good Morning America. It can be hard to talk publicly about this personal and heartbreaking condition, especially during this early stage, but Blair used her celebrity profile to raise a wealth of awareness to the debilitating disease, and Sarah Michelle Gellar fully commended Blair for her ongoing bravery.

It was back in October when Selma Blair revealed with a heavy heart that she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. When she first announced the news on social media, Blair paid special notice to Sarah Michelle Gellar as one of the close friends who helped her during this tremendously difficult point in her life, and the film/TV actress expressed thanks and gratitude to her other friends, along with her family and co-workers, as she continued to battle this difficult disease with each new day.

In particular, this part of Sarah Michelle Gellar's quote stood out:

To say I’m proud would be a gross understatement. When I have a cold, I want to hide from the world under my covers. But not Selma. She is facing this diagnosis, the way she faces everything, with dignity, grace and head on. I know the support and encouragement that she has received on this platform has truly been a source of strength for her. This is not an easy journey, but Selma will not let this define her. I love you James.

Meanwhile, Sarah Michelle Gellar wasn't the only former Selma Blair collaborator who commented on the actress' return to the public spotlight this weekend. Guillermo Del Toro, who directed Blair in 2004's Hellboy and 2008's Hellboy II: The Golden Army, celebrated the star's appearance on the red carpet and he said the following flattering, fawning words on Twitter after the pictures appeared online. He said.

Selma is a wonderful paradox: vulnerable and strong. Incredibly strong: a fighter. Her extra dry sense of humor and absurdist wit complete one of my favorite human beings.

It remains a tough time for Selma Blair during this battle with MS. But thankfully, the actress is supported by her caring friends, including Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Will Ashton

Will is an entertainment writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. His writing can also be found in The Playlist, Cut Print Film, We Got This Covered, The Young Folks, Slate and other outlets. He also co-hosts the weekly film/TV podcast Cinemaholics with Jon Negroni and he likes to think he's a professional Garfield enthusiast.