Sometimes life imitates art, but in the case of McKenna Grace, life imitates art too closely.
The The story of the maid the actress revealed that she underwent spinal surgery in October, the same night an episode of the Hulu incestuous series aired saw her character, Esther Keyes, wake up in a hospital bed.
Although Grace didn’t explain what prompted her to have the surgery, she did share that a month later, she’s recovered and will “be more specific about all of this” because “who I am.” and wanting to be has really changed.”
“Social media only reflects what we want people to know — we often don’t see the ugly, tough, less flattering sides of a person and their life,” Grace said in a blog post. The social media post features a video of her post-surgery at the hospital and footage of her posing for a recent photo shoot. “It’s easier for me to hide my struggles and insecurities and be able to write about them in songs, but that doesn’t fix them.”
She went on to thank her surgeon, Dr Skaggs, Mr Morgan’s physician assistant, nurse Elaine, her team of nurses, her parents and friends “who showed me that they are here during the exciting/fun times, but will also be there during the absolute lowest times of my life. Grace ended her post by encouraging people to watch the season five finale of The story of the maid.
The actress joined the series in season four as Esther, Gilead’s 14-year-old wife and quickly made her mark when she joined June’s (Elisabeth Moss) rebel movement. But due to her busy schedule (she is also currently starring in Peacock’s A family friend limited series and four projects in post-production), she can only appear in three episodes of the current season.
However, those scenes greatly influenced the film. The scene she refers to in her post is the scene where Esther wakes up from a coma, in a hospital bed, and is told she is pregnant after being raped by a Gilead commander. In a season-ending interview with host Bruce Miller, he hinted that Esther would return for the sixth and final season of the Emmy-winning series.
Jackie Strause contributed to this story.