Michael J. Fox, Selma Blair, Danica Patrick and more stars on overcoming health battles: In their own words
By Meredith McClintock
September 09, 2018
It’s no wonder that some Hollywood stars use terms like “health issues,” “pregnancy” and “belly control” to describe their struggles. In some cases, it’s a matter of life and death.
A new “50 Shades of Grey” sequel has been postponed and the news of a Hollywood shooting is being called off: As Hollywood continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and movie theaters are closed, here’s what our stars have to say on the challenges they face in their own personal quests for physical wellness.
“I’m pretty active, but it seems like everywhere you look, there’s someone out there who’s sick, or going through something more serious than a cold,” says Selma Blair, whose latest film, “Divergent,” tells the story of a young woman who becomes a member of the super-team who saves the world. Blair is currently not in a relationship and said she has been “in bed for two weeks now,” on a mission to find the “magic cure,” to no avail.
“I’m not just a movie star,” she says. “I’m not someone who feels great. I feel bad about not being as healthy as I want to be, because I’ve always been this way. My mum and dad were in their 50s when I was born; they always told me ‘You’re a strong person, just be healthy and get a good life.’ But I got lazy and lost a lot of weight and felt terrible. I have a pretty big belly now. I’ve been really struggling to lose weight. My sister is in her 40s and has been losing weight and she looks amazing. I went through a weight loss phase of 30 pounds or so, from the beginning of my career when I was 19 to now and I’m back down to about 22. It is a struggle. It is a struggle because there’s nothing physically wrong with me except I have a big belly.”
“I work out every day,” says Selma Blair, who just turned 53. “I have a program with myself. It’s called ‘The Body in Motion,’ which is based on working with the mind and the body