Patti Murin, also known as Princess Anna in Broadway's 'Frozen' got real with her followers when an anxiety attack forced her to cancel a show.
“It had been building up for a while, and while the past month has been incredible, all of the ups and downs and stress and excitement really takes a toll on my mental health,” she on her Instagram caption. “I’ve learned that these situations aren’t something to ‘deal with’ or ‘push through.’ Anxiety and depression are real diseases that affect so many of us.”
So last night I called out of the show because I had a massive anxiety attack in the afternoon. It had been building up for a while, and while the past month has been incredible, all of the ups and downs and stress and excitement really takes a toll on my mental health. I’ve learned that these situations aren’t something to “deal with” or “push through.” Anxiety and depression are real diseases that affect so many of us. It requires a lot of rest and self care to heal every time it becomes more than I can handle in my daily life. While I hate missing the show for any reason at all, Disney has been nothing but supportive of me as I navigate my life and work, and I’m so grateful to them. Just remember that you’re not alone, your feelings are real, and this is not your fault. Even Disney princesses are terrified sometimes.
Murin has received an overwhelming amount of support from colleagues and fans for being so honest about her struggles with anxiety.
Such an important post- thank you for sharing so honestly, I have SO been there many, many times. Your self-care and you are both inspiring. ❤️— Ben Platt (@BenSPLATT) April 19, 2018
I don’t think we talk enough about how much pressure goes into opening shows, running shows while heading into the expectations surrounding “award season” and trying to remember why we really do what we do. Rest Patti. Then sing. You be you. You got this & we get you.— Kelli O'Hara (@kelliohara) April 18, 2018
Murin told Huffington Post that she had struggled with anxiety in the past and even had a severe panic attack in March for an out-of-town 'Frozen' show in Denver. Her co-star Caissie Levy was there to help her out, just like the real sisters in the movie.
"Even Disney princesses are terrified sometimes," Patti Murin wrote. https://t.co/g3qSHQqaOD— HuffPost (@HuffPost) April 19, 2018