The Australian actress tells PEOPLE, "I'm all fine now"
The actress, 38, plays reluctant romantic Natalie who changes her tune when a fall after getting mugged at a New York City subway stop lands her in a romantic comedy of her own.
“Two of my toenails came off because of the flats I was wearing and I had to trip myself,” Wilson tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “I’m all fine now, but I got a concussion.”
In her real-life rom-com, Natalie dates a hunky Australian millionaire (Liam Hemsworth), succeeds at work and sees her best friend (Adam Devine) find love with a model/yoga ambassador (Priyanka Chopra). But the spill that lands her character in the hospital isn’t the same one that injured Wilson.
“I was walking to meet Adam and Liam for a rehearsal when we were shooting an outdoor Hamptons scene, and I slipped down a grass hill,” Wilson reveals. “I got a concussion and was rushed to the hospital for three hours, and then came back and filmed a 16-hour day. I thought, how ironic, not from doing one of the crazy stunts, but from the grass having a bit of dew on it.”
Back in N.Y.C., the Australian star dealt with other moisture while shooting.
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“We filmed in New York City in the summer, so it was very sweaty,” Wilson says. “In one scene I get mugged. The director told me we steam cleaned the subway but I was like, no you did not. It was disgusting. After that day I had to shower like five times. The back of me was black from being dragged across the subway floor.”
Isn’t It Romantic is in theaters now.