The 45-year-old actress Shannen Doherty is fighting with breast cancer for a year and a half with courage and bravery. While talking to Entertainment tonight,Kevin Smith who directed Doherty in 1995’s Mallrats opened up about Doherty and said, “I get really emotional about Shannen, because I’ve been in this business 22 years, Shannen predates me. She was in this business before I was. Without Shannen, I don’t get to make Mallrats… The only reason I got to make that goofy a** movie, which was pitched literally as ‘Clerks in a mall,’ was because Shannen Doherty, who was coming off of 90210, super heat on her, said yes to doing the flick.”

Earlier this month, Entertainment Tonight asked Doherty about the Smith’s note and she said, “It’s such a Kevin Smith thing. He sent me this long email, but the beginning of it was, ‘You look so effing metal with your haircut.’ And it just made me feel so good. I was like, ‘Yeah! I’m a bada**!'” Smith is impressed by how Doherty is handling her disease. He said, “I’m in awe of anybody’s strength when they have to face the unknown. Nobody likes to talk about mortality. We all want to believe we live forever.” He added, “When the real interrupts fake life — and we all out here [in L.A.] make pretend for a living — absolutely, it stops everybody. And instead of appreciating people like, ‘I love that person, I love their movie,’ you appreciate the genius of somebody who’s facing the unfaceable with absolute grace and good humor, and you’re like, ‘You’re my f**king hero.'”