‘Frozen’s Anna Actress Cancels Broadway Performance Due to ‘Massive Anxiety Attack’

“Even Disney princesses are terrified sometimes,” star Patti Murin writes

The show must go on, but that doesn’t mean an actress has to go on with it if she needs break.

On Tuesday night, Patti Murin — who plays Anna in the Broadway production of “Frozen” — handed over her princess role to standby star Aisha Jackson after suffering what she called “a massive anxiety attack.”

Murin took to Instagram Wednesday to explain why she missed the show and decided not to “push through” the panic.

“So last night I called out of the show because I had a massive anxiety attack in the afternoon,” Murin wrote in a post accompanied by a picture of her in costume as the Disney princess. “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,'” she continued. “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,” Murin added. “Even Disney princesses are terrified sometimes.”

See Murin’s post below.

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.

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