Rebel Wilson says suffering a concussion five years ago made her prioritize her health.
“I didn’t realize how widespread it was, I got lucky,” Wilson recalled to Yahoo Entertainment. “It happened when I was on a film set and went to the hospital and was treated properly…half the people who think they might have a concussion don’t get a concussion. actually any kind of medical assistance.”
During filming Isn’t it romantic in 2017, the 42-year-old actress slipped and fell on a grassy hill and passed out.
“Your brain is so important and if you’ve sprained your ankle you’re probably going to rest it or seek medical help, so why wouldn’t you if you’ve suffered a brain injury?” she shares, adding, “The biggest regret I have is that I was kind of pressured to go back to work after I had a concussion.”
Wilson says she returned to work “a full 16 hour day” despite a terrible headache that lasted for days.
“Knowing what I know now is that I would have rested. It would have been the most appropriate thing. But at the time, I felt pressure…you can’t see a broken brain. And with my concussion, they could. I can’t see it. I looked normal, I looked like myself. So they’re pressuring me to go back to work,” Wilson continued.
Now Wilson is teaming up with Concussion Awareness Now, a program of Abbott and the Brain Injury Association of America, for a new public service announcement encouraging people to “seek medical treatment” if they bump their heads. and “not to feel embarrassed or silly”.
Of a head injury, Wilson says “it wasn’t fun, all you want to do is lie down in a dark place.”
“I love my job and didn’t want to let anyone down, but from what I know I would have enjoyed my own health more and rested,” she says.
Wilson’s concussion played a role in kicking off his “year of health” in 2020.
“I had never really thought about my own personal health. I don’t know, when you’re younger and you’re like going on and I had a fun life and I was traveling around the world and eating everything I wanted before,” she explains. “At 40, it was like, ‘OK, it’s time to be a healthier version of myself.'”
Wilson focused on both “physical and mental health”.
“Your brain is a big part of it. And I just learned to value my own health more by going through that process,” she adds.
Wilson says her priorities have shifted “100%” again as she recently welcomed daughter Royce Lillian. The actress and her partner, Ramona Agruma, announced the birth of a baby girl in November via surrogate.
“I realize that I can only enjoy doing jobs now if I really, really want to do them. I love what I do, but my daughter is now the first priority and so I just want to spend as much time with her as possible,” the Perfect said the star. “It will be an interesting balance, but I’m learning how hard it is, how awesome and obviously rewarding it is.”
Wilson notes that she is “lucky” because she has help around her: “I am in a privileged situation.”
“My baby just turned a month old, everything is so new to me and I’m just amazed and thrilled and think she’s a little miracle,” Wilson added.
The actress was privately dealing with an ’emotional’ fertility journey while filming her new movie The almond and the seahorse. In the film, Wilson’s husband suffers a traumatic brain injury and their love is trapped in the past.
“My character Sarah in the movie really wants to have a kid, and that really resonated with me, because at the time I was going through [egg retrieval] and then at the end of filming…I found out he hadn’t been able to turn any of those eggs into embryos,” Wilson recalled, calling the news “a real punch.”
“The prep and the injections and all…it really mess with your hormones,” she says of the IVF process. “I would get a little depressed afterwards because of all the hormones leaving your body that you were pumped up on.”
Wilson adds: “You’re so excited maybe the cells are growing and then they aren’t and it’s really overwhelming. My story ended happily and I now have an amazing healthy daughter, but I know that doesn’t happen for everyone and the struggles of this one I had to make five eggs [retrieval] procedures to get my daughter back,” Wilson adds.
The actress channeled her emotions into the dramatic role, a role fans aren’t used to seeing play.
“I started my career as a dramatic actress and I know people know me internationally as a comedic actress,” she says. “Now that I’m in my 40s, I’m kind of showing more versatility and I can show people those other sides of me. The almond and the seahorse is really raw, emotional and brave acting and it was really great trying to flex that muscle. It was a little rusty, that acting muscle, but I was really happy to be able to start playing it again.”
The almond and the seahorse hits theaters on Friday, December 16.
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