Elizabeth Smart revealed some of the triggers that bring her back to her kidnapping ordeal on “Access Hollywood.” She appeared on the show on Monday to promote two upcoming television projects that focus on the events: the movie “I Am Elizabeth Smart,” which premieres Nov. 19 at 8/7c on Lifetime, and the second half of a two-part documentary special called “Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography”, which airs Nov. 14 at 9 p.m. on A&E.
In 2002, Smart was kidnapped at knifepoint from her bedroom by Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Barzee. They kept her captive for nine months and was repeatedly raped and assaulted before she was saved, People reports.
“I have been so blessed,” Smart, now 30, said during Monday’s appearance. “I have been so lucky. I have not struggled with PTSD. I mean there are moments where I’ll see something or maybe I’ll smell something and it’ll take me back.”
One bad memory was triggered by a book of Russian fairy tales.
“I was flipping through it looking at it and there’s a picture of Rasputin in there, and I saw a picture of him and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh. That looks just like Brian Mitchell.'”
She said she liked the way “I Am Elizabeth Smart” was done, but said the experience of watching it also brought back painful feelings.
“It’s something I don’t know if I’ll actually ever do again. I’ve watched it and I think it’s so well done and so accurate,” Smart told Access Hollywood. “It portrays everything so, so well. But, it is hard to go back and rewatch everything. It is hard to go back and revisit those emotions of fear and panic and terror and pain. Glad I did it. Don’t know how often I’ll watch it.”
Smart is now a married mother of two. She is an advocate for abduction victims.
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