Melissa Villaseñor Says Panic Attacks Led To ‘Super Hard’ Exit From ‘SNL’

One other member of the good “Saturday Night Live” solid exodus is talking out about their resolution to go away the present.

Melissa Villaseñor, one of many eight stars who parted methods with the long-running sketch collection after its forty seventh season, is opening up about her exit, revealing she struggled with psychological well being points behind the scenes.

“It was my decision,” she stated in an interview with The Each day Beast revealed Tuesday. “At the end of the day it was about my mental health. Last season, I had a couple of panic attacks. I think it was just… I was struggling. I always felt like I was on the edge of a cliff every week. And I was like, I don’t want to be doing that to myself anymore.”

The comic, who made historical past because the first-ever Latina solid member, stated that her purpose for leaving after six seasons was not as a result of the “show was mean towards me or anyone.”

She defined, “It was just how I handle things. I think I’m an introvert. When I’m in a big group of a lot of amazing people, and everyone’s speaking over everyone else, I think I tend to get small. I get nervous, like, where do I fit? What am I supposed to do? That’s how I was in high school, too. And so I think that’s what caused it.”

Melissa Villaseñor and anchor Colin Jost throughout Weekend Replace.

Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson, Aidy Bryant, Kyle Mooney Chris Redd, Alex Moffat and Aristotle Athar all additionally left the present after the Season 47 finale, setting the stage for a serious upheaval.

“SNL” has since added 4 new solid members for Season 48, which premiered earlier this month.

Villaseñor broke her silence about her exit again in September after it was introduced that she was amongst a second batch of solid members who opted to not return for the following season.

Describing her exit as “super hard,” Villaseñor expressed gratitude to everybody concerned, noting, “I love Lorne [Michaels] and I am so grateful for all of them for having me.”

She added, “This is all I wanted as a kid. So I’m going to carry that forever in my heart, that I got to experience that in my life.”

Regardless of admitting that it’s a “little tough” to look at the present this season, the comic stated she “almost [feels] reborn” after her resolution.

McKinnon shared an analogous sentiment in July about watching “SNL” as a non-cast member.

She additionally spoke in regards to the bodily toll of performing on the similar caliber week after week over her Emmy-winning 11-season run.

“I thought about it for a very long time, and it was very, very hard,” McKinnon revealed. “All I ever wanted to do in my whole life was be on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ So, I did, I loved it, I had the best decade, and then I was just like, my body was tired, and I felt like it was time.”


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