Melissa Villaseñor left ‘SNL’ for mental health reasons after having panic attacks, and she’s trying to make an acting career out of it
Melissa Villaseñor (above, with castmates Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin and Cecily Strong) left ‘Saturday Night Live’ in 2017 to focus on her mental health.
The actress, who has a long history with the television audience, had a small role in the TV series ‘The Deuce,’ and her Emmy-winning role on the original ‘NYPD Blue’ was seen by millions.
Now, Villaseñor is taking a step into the acting industry, and she’s preparing for her first leading role in a feature film. For the month of June, she will be starring in a movie called ‘A Very Scary Halloween,’ for which she is writing the screenplays.
The film is based on a true story about a group of students who took part in a mock ‘Halloween Party’ at the University of Iowa on Oct. 31, 1975, in the wake of the brutal massacre three days earlier. In the film, a young actor named Ben Savage will play a part in the party.
Villaseñor, who is still trying to figure out her mental health after her 2016 departure from ‘SNL,’ has decided it would be in her best interest to share it with the world.
She wrote a long letter to fans, in which she said, “I am going to tell you about my mental health so that maybe it will help someone else in the future.”
Villaseñor revealed she was “bipolar” when she was in her teen years, but she never had any mental health issues since.
During her ‘SNL’ years, Villaseñor starred in sketches like ‘Mermaids’ and ‘The Night a Joke Happened.’ In her letter, she said it was important to her to create a space for other people with mental health issues to express their feelings.
According to a story from her website, she was invited to a Halloween party hosted by “several dozen former ‘SNL’ castmates.”
The day after the party, she was rushed to the emergency room at the University of Iowa Hospital and spent the next 10 days in the hospital.
“I will never forget the exact words [the doctors] used to