Rebel Wilson says she suffered a concussion five years ago that made her prioritize her health.
“I didn’t realize how widespread it is, I was lucky,” Wilson recalled Yahoo Entertainment. “It happened when I was on a movie set and I went to the hospital and was treated well… half the people who think they have a concussion don’t actually get any sort of medical help.”
While filming Isn’t it romantic in 2017, the 42-year-old actress slipped and fell on a grassy knoll and lost consciousness.
“Your brain is so important and if you’ve sprained your ankle, you’re probably going to rest it or seek medical attention, so why not if you’ve had a brain injury?” she shares, adding, “The biggest regret I have is that I was pressured to go back to work after suffering a concussion.”
Wilson says she went back to work “a full 16-hour day” despite terrible headaches that lasted for days.
“Knowing what I know now is that I would have rested. That would have been more appropriate. But at the time I felt pressure…you can’t see a broken brain. And with my concussion, they couldn’t see it. I looked normal, I looked like myself. So they pressured me to go back to work,” Wilson continues.
Now, Wilson is teaming up with Concussion Awareness Now, a program by Abbott and the Brain Injury Association of America, for a new PSA that encourages people to “seek medical treatment” if they hit their heads and “not to feel embarrassed or stupid.” “.
On experiencing 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 disappoint anyone, but for all I know, I would have valued my own health more and been rested,” she declares.
Wilson’s concussion played a part in launching her “health year” in 2020.
“I never really thought about my own personal health. I don’t know, if you’re younger and just want to get on with it and I had a fun life and went around the world and ate what I wanted for that,” she explains. “When I turned 40, I thought, ‘OK, now is the time to be a healthier version of myself.'”
Wilson focused on both “physical and mental health.”
“Your brain is a big part of that. And I’ve just learned to value my own health more by going through that process,” she adds.
Wilson says her priorities have shifted “100 percent” again when she recently welcomed daughter Royce Lillian. The actress and her partner, Ramona Agruma, announced the birth of a baby girl via surrogate mother in November.
“I now realize that I can only enjoy work if I really, really want to do it. I love what I do, but my daughter is the number one priority now, so I want to spend as much time with her as possible.” Pitch perfectly says star. “It’s going to be an interesting balance, but I’m learning how hard it is, how wonderful and rewarding of course.”
Wilson notes that she is “lucky” because she has help around her: “I’m in a privileged situation.”
“My baby just turned a month old, it’s all so new to me and I’m just amazed and overjoyed and I think she’s a little miracle,” adds Wilson.
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 a kid, and that really reverberated with me because at that point I was going through [egg retrieval] and then at the end of filming… I found out that those eggs had failed to make embryos,” recalled Wilson, calling the news “a real gut feeling.”
“The prep and the injections and everything… it really messes with your hormones,” she says of the IVF process. “I’d get a little depressed afterward because of all the hormones leaving your body that you’re pumped up by.”
Adds Wilson: “You get so excited that maybe the cells are growing, and then they’re not and it’s just really crushing. My story ended happily and I now have a wonderfully healthy daughter, but I know that won’t happen for everyone and the struggle of it I had to do five eggs [retrieval] procedures to have my daughter,” Wilson added.
The actress channeled her emotions into the dramatic role, a role fans aren’t used to seeing her 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 show more versatility and I can show people these other sides of me. The almond and the seahorse is really raw, emotional, daring acting and it was really awesome trying to flex those muscles. It was a little rusty, that acting muscle, but I was really happy to be able to start flexing it again.”
The almond and the seahorse hits theaters on Friday, December 16.
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