Thor 2 star details 'horrible injury' that nearly paralyzed her

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Jan 22, 2013, 5:53 PM EST

A few months ago, we heard that Jaimie Alexander, who plays Lady Sif in Marvel's Thor flicks, was in the hospital after suffering a "horrible injury" on the set of Thor: The Dark World. Now Alexander has described exactly what happened, and it was worse than we thought.

Back in September when the injury happened, all Alexander said publicly was that she was injured and recovering. Now, while making the rounds to promote her new flick The Last Stand, she's gone into more detail about just how serious her injury was.

"I herniated a disk in my Thoracic spine, I dislocated my left shoulder, I tore my right Rhomboid, and chipped eleven of my vertebrae," Alexander said in an interview with MTV. "I slipped and fell down something very high, and I hurt my self pretty badly and it scared me. I knew when I couldn't get off the ground I was like 'OK, I'm in big trouble.'"

Of course, Alexander got immediate medical treatment for the injury, and thought she'd escaped without serious problems. The next day, things got worse.

"Then, I was okay, but I was in a lot of pain. The next morning I got in a car to back go to the hospital, because I said 'something feels wrong,' and I sat in the car where I compressed my spine a little bit, and I went paralyzed in my right leg and my right hand. So I was in the hospital for a week, but it was a thing where it was just a swelling thing. Once the swelling went down I was good to go, went to physical rehab every day for a month, went back and did some more fight sequences."

But even after all that rehab, Alexander said she still had to take it easy during on-set combat.

"I have to go very slow. I have to test my arms with my sword and my shield and a couple of other new weapons that Sif has. But yeah, I was good to go and I'm back boxing and I'm back lifting weights finally."

Sounds like she really is lucky to be back walking among us, letting alone doing battle alongside the God of Thunder. In the midst of discussing her injury, Alexander also found a little time to talk a bit about the actual film, and while she didn't drop any big details for us, she did give her take on the sequel's tone.

"I think it's a bit darker. We explore more of the viking aspect of things. We get to explore a few different realms. You learn a little bit more about what the everyday life is like in Asgard, so that's really cool."

We're certainly glad Alexander is back to action movie badass mode, and we hope other superhero movie stars can take a lesson from her story and be as careful as possible during all those action sequences. Watch your step, Robert Downey Jr.

And if you're interested in hearing the whole story in Alexander's own voice, check out video of the interview here:

(MTV via Comic Book Movie)