Selma Blair Beitner (born June 23, 1972) is an American actress.
Blair started her professional acting career in 1995. During her early years, she played a large number of supporting roles in film and television, before obtaining recognition for her leading role in the film noir Brown’s Requiem (1998).
Feast of Love
Her breakthrough came in 1999, when she starred on The WB teen sitcom Zoe and in the coming-of-age drama Cruel Intentions. Blair continued to find commercial success with the comedies Legally Blonde (2001) and The Sweetest Thing (2002), and achieved international fame as a result of her portrayal of the heroine Liz Sherman in the fantasy films Hellboy (2004) and Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008). Other notable films include Storytelling (2001), A Guy Thing (2003), The Fog (2005), Feast of Love (2007), The Poker House (2008), Dark Horse (2011), In Their Skin (2012), Mothers and Daughters (2016) and Ordinary World (2016).
In Their Skin
Blair portrayed the leading role in the American remake of Kath & Kim as Kim (2008–2009), and on the sitcom Anger Management (2012–2014). Blair also appeared as socialite Kris Jenner in the first season of FX true crime anthology series American Crime Story (2016). In 2011, Blair lent her voice to narrate the Holocaust-related audio documentary The Diary of Anne Frank, garnering a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children nomination.
In 2012, Blair narrated Xfinity TV commercials, including the London 2012 olympics ads, and reprised her role as a woman who pretends she is pregnant in two episodes of the reformatted television version of Web Therapy. Blair starred opposite Rachel Miner and James D’Arcy in the thriller In Their Skin (2012), about a woman and her family who suffer a brutal home invasion by their psychopathic neighbors after the death of their daughter. The film received a mixed critical response upon its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, and had a limited theatrical release in North America.
In 2013, Blair was the voice of Destiny in the IFC’s animated series Out There. She also had a guest role on the season two of the TV series Comedy Bang! Bang!. In August 2014, Blair obtained her first small screen role since she left Anger Management when she was cast as Joanna in the Amazon’s comedy pilot Really, alongside Sarah Chalke. The comedy, about the complicated life of a group of friends in their thirties is, as of May 2015, available only in the US and the UK.
Blair starred in the drama Sex, Death And Bowling (2015), alongside Adrian Grenier and Bailey Chase. The film is about the marriage of an American soldier who fought in the American intervention in Iraq and who suffers from terminal pancreatic cancer. The film began shooting in October 2013, and was released in selected American theaters in October 2015. Blair also starred with Green Day punk rock frontman Billie Joe Armstrong in the musical drama Ordinary World (2016), as the hard-working lawyer wife of Armstrong’s aging rockstar character. The production premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2016.
In February 2016, Blair returned to television in the FX mini-series American Crime Story: The People vs. O. J. Simpson, where she appeared with Cuba Gooding Jr., John Travolta, and David Schwimmer, portraying Kris Jenner, the former wife of Simpson’s attorney Robert Kardashian. The project recreated the 1995 publicized O. J. Simpson murder case, and aired to critical and popular acclaim. Also in 2016, Blair starred as a “single, unfulfilled rock photographer” in the independent drama Mothers and Daughters, as part of a large ensemble cast, consisting of Susan Sarandon, Sharon Stone, Mira Sorvino and Courteney Cox. The film was released on 6 May 2016 for digital markets and received largely mixed reviews. The Hollywood Reporter found the “talented actresses” involved to be “hamstrung” by the film’s “unsubtle script that piles on far too many melodramatic plot contrivances for a 90-minute “, and remarked that while Blair’s “voiceover narration promises to be a connective thread, device is quickly abandoned, with the profusion of barely interconnected characters”.
In June 2016, Blair was cast alongside Nicolas Cage and Anne Winters in Brian Taylor’s horror comedy film, Mom and Dad. The film was released in theaters on January 19, 2018.