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Rosie Perez Tells 'Today' She Channeled Her Physical Pain for an Emotionally Painful Role (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 29th 2010 3:49PM
Rosie Perez, 'Today'Despite suffering an injury during a stunt sequence on 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' back in September 2009, according to the actress, that ultimately led to surgery, Rosie Perez worked through her pain to take on a new role.

She stars in the Lifetime original movie 'Lines in Plain Sight,' and stopped by 'Today' (Weekdays, 7AM on NBC) to talk about the experience.

In the interview, Perez looked and sounded great, but she says she still has ten months to go in her recovery before she might be back to optimum health. Nevertheless, she fought with her doctor to take on this role. Ultimately, he relented, but not without strict guidelines.

"He gave me a shot; epidural; in my back which hurt like hell," Perez said. "But it allowed me to get through the film." Despite the epidural and the extra care taken, the shoot was painful for the actress, but she found away to take that pain and put it into her character. "I was working in pain," she explained. "But my character is going through emotional pain, so that actually helped me."

On how she is able to stay so fit and slim despite being completely unable to follow any sort of fitness routine, Perez started talking about her doctor's orders to focus on diet and health even before her surgery. But when Perez got to the part where she had to give up wine, the ladies of 'Today's fourth hour lost it. We don't know which one of them gasped, but we do know that both Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford are often fueled by wine throughout the show.

It looks like Perez would like to get in on the fun with the women. When asked if it bothered her still to have given up wine, she said, "It bothers me so much. I can't wait to get back on the bottle!"

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Adorable woman, a real hottie in my eyes.

September 30 2010 at 1:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

banshuangg. Bite one.

September 30 2010 at 12:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Always suspected they were a bunch of wino-sluts.

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