Laura Benanti: ‘People-pleasing is basically what broke my neck’

Laura Benanti: ‘Folks-pleasing is principally what broke my neck’

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Laura Benanti blames her lifelong accidents on being a individuals pleaser.

“Folks-pleasing is principally what broke my neck,” the Broadway vet instructed Web page Six at Hulu’s premiere of “Life & Beth” in New York Metropolis on Wednesday evening.

“I broke my neck in 2002, it’s been 20 years. I’ve had two spinal surgical procedures, I’ve arthritis,” she continued. “Generally I’ll be carrying groceries and so they’ll actually simply fall on the bottom and I’ve to attend till [the feeling] comes again in my palms.”

Benanti, 42, broke her neck whereas performing in “Into The Woods” when she was simply 21 years outdated. Producers allegedly requested her to carry out two pratfalls within the present, together with one from a transferring staircase.

“I by no means sued anyone. I didn’t get a settlement, I paid for my very own surgical procedures,” she instructed Web page Six, including that she “would by no means that occur” to herself once more.

Laura Benanti winning a Tony.
Benanti gained a Tony for her function in “Gypsy.”
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The “Youthful” star additionally believes that this “by no means ever would have occurred” to a person.

“The minute he would have mentioned, ‘This doesn’t really feel secure to me,’ they [producers] would have mentioned, ‘Nice,’” she argued.

Recalling that tumultuous time in her life, Benati mentioned that the worst a part of all of it was coping with rumors claiming she was “tough” to work with – all as a result of she bowed out of the manufacturing early.

“I had no recourses to name up producers and say, ‘Hey, they’re not telling the reality about me. They’re telling the Put up that I simply don’t present up for work. I broke my f–king neck!’” she mentioned.

Laura Benanti and Amy Schumer in "Life & Beth."
Benanti performs Beth, Amy Schumer’s onscreen mother, in “Life & Beth.”

As an alternative, she was pressured to take care of whispers of “she’s tough, she’s proficient, however I want she’d present up,” calling the expertise “a extremely, actually laborious time.”

Benanti went on to win a Tony for “Gypsy” in 2008 and has since appeared in dozens of TV reveals and flicks. Her newest function is enjoying Amy Schumer’s onscreen mother in “Life & Beth.” The 2 first labored collectively on Broadway after they starred in “Meteor Bathe.”

“Life & Beth” premieres March 18 on Hulu.

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