Pauley Perrette understands that she will always be coping with trauma.
The NCIS star opened up to ET, a little over a year after her life-threatening attack by a homeless man, at the Trevor Project's Trevor Live event in Los Angeles on Sunday -- a benefit for the nationally accredited organization that advocates for LGBTQ youth, as well as providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services.
"It was one year ago on [Nov.] 12 that I was attacked. I’m doing all right. It was a really bizarre thing," the 47-year-old actress shared. "The anniversary of it was a strange day, and it was like I got attacked and almost lost my life, and when I finally fell asleep, I woke up, and the Paris attacks were happening."
"It was like the apocalypse," she added. "It was just a really bizarre time."
And while admitting that the encounter continues to haunt her, Perrette doubled down on her commitment to those suffering from mental illness.
"Anyone that experiences any kind of trauma, it remains with you for the rest of your life. It definitely has," she said, while adding of those affected by mental illness, "I’ll always help."
Original reporting by Brendon Geoffrion.