In July, 2012, while shooting a scene for The Good Wife, a massive piece of equipment attached to metal rods suspended around 30 feet in the air, fell on Kristin Chenoweth. She was knocked unconscious, slammed into the ground and had a skull fracture, a cracked nose, torn ligaments and sustained injuries to her ribs, head and neck.
“That kicked everything into high gear for me,” says Chenoweth. “But I pushed it down emotionally and dealt with it privately because I was scared. I didn't want people to think I couldn't do my job.” Chenoweth was advised that speaking out about her pain could prevent her from being hired on television. “So out of fear I made a decision to only share how much pain I was in with my very closest friends and family,” says the Tony and Emmy wining performer.
But Chenoweth is ready to speak out about her chronic pain. As she puts it, people shouldn’t always be expected to be a constant beacon of “unicorn sparkly, glowing rainbows.” Also, as a role model, she felt she needed to talk and share her experiences when there is often a stigma around chronic pain because you cannot see it. “I like to tell others, especially young artists, ‘if you have an injury and have chronic pain, you can still achieve your dreams,” says Chenoweth who has a new Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, A Christmas Love Story, on the Hallmark Channel. “You have to figure out how to manage your pain with your provider and find what is best for you.”