Kim Cattrell Compares Her Sleep Disorder to ‘Being Pinned Down by a 3-Ton Gorilla’

Kim Cattrall is an actor who is best known for playing the independent and free-spirited Samantha Jones on Sex and the City. Cattrall was already a veteran actor by the time she was cast in the hit HBO show, but the series provided her with a career renaissance—and for many viewers, Cattrall was the best thing about the groundbreaking show. These days, Cattrall is firmly focused on other projects and has left the role of Samantha behind her, but she remains an inspiration for many women, especially in the transparent way that she discusses her struggles. 

Actress Kim Cattrall

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Kim Cattrall has been open about her struggle with insomnia

Cattrall might be the picture of health and vitality, but behind the scenes, the actor has struggled with an ongoing health condition that has caused her a lot of stress and frustration. In 2016, Cattrall sat down for an interview with BBC Radio, speaking out publicly about her years-long battle with chronic insomnia. Cattrall noted that her insomnia often felt like “being pinned down by a 3-ton gorilla,” pointing out that the press often misunderstood the illness that she was struggling with. In fact, Cattrall said “everyone assumed I had cancer.”

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