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Paz de la Huerta has been out of the spotlight lately, and there's a good reason for it: The "Boardwalk Empire" alum has revealed that a crash on the Toronto set of one of her movies left her needing 20 surgeries.
"I’ve been off the radar because I’ve been fighting for my life," de la Huerta told the New York Daily News on Wednesday while promoting her photo book, "The Birds That Didn’t Die Over the Winter."
Though the 28-year-old actress did not mention the name of the film in question, from September to October 2011 she was in the Canadian city shooting "Nurse 3-D," a horror movie about a nurse who seduces men only to kill them.
In September 2011 (presumably before her accident), de la Huerta spoke to Flaunt about landing the role. “I met with the head of Lionsgate," she said. "They said they couldn’t find the right girl for this part. What can I say — I’ve always been intrigued by serial killers."
But de la Huerta almost paid for the role with her own life. She claimed this week that she "shouldn't be alive" after one of the film's stunts went wrong.
"The truck was being driven by a stunt driver, and he was going 80 miles an hour when he hit me," she told the New York Daily News. "There is no reason why I should be alive today. My tailbone was broken. A lot of things were broken due to that accident."
While in hospital, she claimed to have created "thousands" of paintings as therapy and plans to publish a book of her work. Otherwise, de la Huerta has gotten right back in the acting saddle, despite no longer being a part of the "Boardwalk" cast. She is currently in production on "Inferno: A Linda LovelaceRead More »from Paz de la Huerta: I ‘shouldn’t be alive’ after crash on Toronto film set