When Ronda Rousey started working on Fox's 9-1-1 series, little did the crew know they would need the help of real first responders when she almost severed her finger. After grossing everyone out with a photo of the gruesome injury, Rousey explained exactly what happened in a new YouTube video on Thursday. It sounds like Rousey's latest rival was a door, not a wrestler.
In her first scene, all the WWE stat had to do was lift a boat's door and say a few lines. Unfortunately, she was not tall enough to get the door all the way up to a resting position.
"I kind of had to give it a little bit of an oomph, like a push, and it either stalled at the top and came back down or it bounced back and came down," Rousey said in the video, reports Sports Illustrated. "But it was staying up enough for me to turn my back on it. I stepped out and the boat door slammed down. I thought I just jammed my nail … I was thinking ‘Ouch, f—. Don’t be a p—, just finish the scene.’ So I finished the scene.”
After filming wrapped, Rousey took a moment to look at her injury and it as not pretty.
“I looked down and I was like, ‘Oh,’” Rousey recalled. “I remember turning towards the director and being like, ‘You guys aren’t going to like this, but my finger is no longer attached to my finger.’”
In the video, Rousey took her cast off, just to show how close she was to having half her ring finger completely cut off. Two tendons were almost severed, and she suffered a broken bone, crushed nerve and the tip of the finger was fractured.
The next day, Rousey was back to work, but some of her scenes had to be rewritten to accommodate the injury. She also had several stunts planned that had to be completely cut, unlike her finger.
Just last week, Rousey nabbed a recurring role as a new firefighter named Lena Bosko. On Tuesday, TMZ reported on the accident.
"She was a little over-exuberant and slammed the door on her finger," a source told the site, adding that Rousey never complained and tried to finish the scene in character.
Rousey then shared a photo on Instagram from the hospital, showing her finger dangling from her hand before she received stitches.
"So the word is out I nearly lost my finger shooting [9-1-1]," Rousey wrote. "Freak accident, first take of the day a boat door fell on my hand, I thought I just jammed my fingers so I finished the take before looking (I know it sounds crazy, but I’m used to live audiences and never showing pain unless I’m supposed to) after a break in the action I told our director the situation and was rushed via ambulance to the hospital where they promptly reattached my bone and tendon with a plate and screws."
She continued, "I returned to filming the next day and finished my scenes before returning home to recover. Modern medicine amazes me, I already had 50% range of motion back in 3 days."
9-1-1 fans will have more to look forward to this year than just seeing Rousey in action. Fox ordered a spin-off series, 9-1-1: Lone Star, starring Rob Lowe as a former New York police officer working in Austin, Texas. The new show is expected to debut early next year.
9-1-1 Season 3 kicks off on Monday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.
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