According to the actress, who is currently pregnant with her second child with husband Ryan Reynolds, she accidentally injured her face during a particularly physical scene. Though she didn’t suffer any broken bones, her bloody nose did end up making it into the thriller.
“There’s a scene in the movie where I’m under [a rusty metal] buoy and I pull up and I crack my nose on the buoy and I have this bloody nose,” she told E! News. “That was not a part of the movie—that something that happened while shooting!”
“That was real,”the 28-year-old continued. “I thought I was either going to pass out or like my nose was going to look like a Picasso painting or I was going to have a really, really cool scene. Luckily, we ended up with a cool scene.”
Lively also added that shooting the film, in which she plays an injured surfer stranded in shark-infested waters, really did take a toll on her body.
“They would paint bruises and cuts on me every day for the first two weeks,” she said. “After the first two weeks I was just covered in them myself.”
Though she did have her work cut out for her, Lively was grateful to be in a film that solely focuses on a female character’s story.
“It’s cool to have that opportunity, especially as a woman to have a character that’s so strong and multifaceted and a role that’s not only emotionally demanding but physically demanding,” she explained. “It’s something that you see for the boys a lot. But to get to be a lady that goes toe-to-toe with an apex predator and she gets to be an apex predator herself, I mean that’s cool.”
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