“Even Disney princesses are terrified sometimes” — that’s how Frozen star Patti Murin who plays Anna in the Broadway show concluded an Instagram post she made today revealing why she missed a performance last night. Murin shared that she decided to cancel after facing a “massive anxiety attack” earlier in the day. The actress went on to say. “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.” She also commended Disney for their understanding and support before offering some words for those suffering from similar afflictions. “Just remember that you’re not alone, your feelings are real, and this is not your fault,” she said.
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.
Following Murin’s post, Josh Gad who voiced Olaf in the film Frozen voiced his support for the actress on Twitter:
I am so proud @PattiMurin for your candor and bravery in being so open about this. I have dealt with anxiety for years and navigated it through very similar moments. You will get through this and we will all be waiting with open arms and love once your ready to return home. https://t.co/Xxx01nybzt
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) April 18, 2018
Frozen is currently performing on Broadway at the St. James Theatre.