In yet another example that looks can be so very deceiving, The Greatest Showman star Keala Settle recently opened up about a health scare that occurred in the days leading up to her Oscar performance of the anthem “This is Me” at the 2018 Academy Awards.
Come to find out that she had experienced a mini-stroke and lost half of her body’s motor functions during rehearsals of the anthem. If that’s wasn’t enough, after the 20-minute episode, Settle was also diagnosed with a rare cerebrovascular disorder known as Moyamoya disease.
“My body started drooping immediately,” Settle recalls. “I tried to put my hands up to my face, but I could only move my left arm. I couldn’t talk because part of my tongue was immobile. I tried to stand, but there was nothing.”
Yet the show went on and the performance went off without a hitch.
Settle opened up about the health scare in a recent interview six months after undergoing a 10-hour double-bypass brain surgery.
“It’s shifted me in ways I’m still understanding,” she says in the interview. “The way that I look at the world is so completely different. I’m more at peace than I’ve ever been; I can find the joy in things I never could. This truly gave me another lease on life.”