Kristin Chenoweth Almost Died On The Good Wife. She’s Finally Ready To Talk About It

Kristin Chenoweth almost died on The Good Wife. She’s finally ready to talk about it

Kristin Chenoweth almost died on The Good Wife. She’s finally ready to talk about it. In her new book, the actress writes about the accident, which left her with a skull fracture, among other serious injuries.

Kristin Chenoweth uses her near-fatal experience to try to help others.

Chenoweth was hit by lighting equipment on the set of the CBS drama “The Good Wife” in 2012,  resulting in severe injuries  including a cracked rib, a fractured skull, broken nose and teeth, and nerve, tissue, and muscle damage. She left  her recurring role  on the show after the accident.

While Chenoweth shared some hospital updates at the time of the accident, she discusses her path to recovery in more detail in her new book, I’m Not a Philosopher, But I Have Ideas. On TODAY 17, Chenoweth said the experience of writing about the incident was liberating.

“It was scary at first, and it was also very liberating because I didn’t really write it. When you write something, she makes it so. It really solidifies it,” she said.

In her book, the Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress, 54, writes about waking up in the hospital, explaining that her hair extensions helped save her life.

Kristin Chenoweth almost died on The Good Wife. She’s finally ready to talk about it
Kristin Chenoweth opens up about her 2012 accident on the set of The Good Wife. Nathan Congleton / Today

She writes: “(Lighting equipment) hit me in the entire front and slammed me into the pavement.” My doctor said to me, “My head cracked into the pavement, leaving a seven-inch gash that would have been worse, had it not been for the tightly woven hair extensions holding my scalp together. Right. I owe the rest of my concussed brain to a good line of hair extensions.” Never – ever – underestimate  the  power of good knitting.”

Chenoweth, who caused more than just physical injuries, said the accident led her down a path of self-doubt and anxiety. In the book, she shared a “dark moment” from her diary, which was written after the injury.

“” I hate everybody. Mostly me. I am my only friend. Everyone gets paid or is dispersed. This job is killing me, and yet I’ve given up everything for it. I don’t even know how to do anything else. If I can, and be glad, I will. God, hear me, please, I may finish. To where. I do. I go,” Chenoweth wrote in the diary excerpt, included in her diary.

Chenoweth said the mental health problems continued.

“That moment changed everything. It changed me. I suffered through a long, dark valley of depression, but in the ensuing months and years, something in my wild brain began to move,” she writes.

Breaking her silence about the incident helped Chenoweth. Now, Chenoweth hopes her experience will inspire others who feel it is not in their interest to speak out.

“It was suggested to me that I never take action because I might never work again,” she told TODAY. “Out of fear and anxiety, I didn’t. And I just want to say to anyone out there who’s going through anything like this, don’t let fear rule your life. And by sharing that story, I hope that encourages others not to.”