Naomie Harris tells all about traumatic childhood battle with scoliosis

Actress Naomie Harris is opening up about her traumatic childhood health battle against scoliosis when she was just 11-years-old.

The 43-year-old actress graces the cover of Shape Magazine‘s October issue, where she opened up about being diagnosed with scoliosis and how that affected her childhood.

The Skyfall star revealed that the disease worsened in her teens, to the point where she needed a severe operation to place a rod down her spine to correct it.

Opening up: Actress Naomie Harris is opening up about her traumatic childhood health battle against scoliosis when she was just 11 years old

Opening up: Actress Naomie Harris is opening up about her traumatic childhood health battle against scoliosis when she was just 11 years old

Opening up: Actress Naomie Harris is opening up about her traumatic childhood health battle against scoliosis when she was just 11 years old

‘Doctors inserted a metal rod down my spine, Harris began. ‘I spent a month in the hospital recovering and had to learn how to walk again. It was really traumatic.’

She added that her diagnosis at such an early age taught her to appreciate and value her health, since she saw other kids suffer far worse fates than her from scoliosis.

‘I saw kids in the hospital with scoliosis so advanced that they would never be able to stand properly,’ she added.

Metal spine: 'Doctors inserted a metal rod down my spine, Harris began. 'I spent a month in the hospital recovering and had to learn how to walk again. It was really traumatic'

Metal spine: 'Doctors inserted a metal rod down my spine, Harris began. 'I spent a month in the hospital recovering and had to learn how to walk again. It was really traumatic'

Metal spine: ‘Doctors inserted a metal rod down my spine, Harris began. ‘I spent a month in the hospital recovering and had to learn how to walk again. It was really traumatic’

Way back when: Naomie is pictured aged four in Jamaica in 1980 with her maternal grandfather Joscelyn Harris

Way back when: Naomie is pictured aged four in Jamaica in 1980 with her maternal grandfather Joscelyn Harris

Way back when: Naomie is pictured aged four in Jamaica in 1980 with her maternal grandfather Joscelyn Harris

‘I felt really lucky. Since then, I have always appreciated the gift of a healthy body,’ she added, revealing she has taken those lessons to heart even today.

The actress regularly works out and practices meditation, while also abstaining from alcohol and caffeine.

‘I don’t abuse my body, Health is the greatest thing you can have.’ 

Lessons: "I felt really lucky. Since then, I have always appreciated the gift of a healthy body,' she added, revealing she has taken those lessons to heart even today

Lessons: "I felt really lucky. Since then, I have always appreciated the gift of a healthy body,' she added, revealing she has taken those lessons to heart even today

Lessons: ‘I felt really lucky. Since then, I have always appreciated the gift of a healthy body,’ she added, revealing she has taken those lessons to heart even today

She also revealed that after her scoliosis operation, it took her several years to resume an active lifestyle again.

‘I didn’t want to do anything that could hurt me in any way,’ she added. ‘I was very protective of my body.’

But when she started taking on films that required more physicality, like the upcoming Black and Blue, in theaters October 25, she realized her body was capable of much more than she thought.

Physicality: But when she started taking on films that required more physicality, like the upcoming Black and Blue (above, alongside Tyrese Gibson), in theaters October 25, she realized her body was capable of much more than she thought

Physicality: But when she started taking on films that required more physicality, like the upcoming Black and Blue (above, alongside Tyrese Gibson), in theaters October 25, she realized her body was capable of much more than she thought

Physicality: But when she started taking on films that required more physicality, like the upcoming Black and Blue (above, alongside Tyrese Gibson), in theaters October 25, she realized her body was capable of much more than she thought

‘So now I do Pilates twice a week. It’s physically challenging but in a nuanced way,’ Harris added.

‘During a session, my instructor might work with me on just one area of my body. I love that it’s so detailed and that it focuses the mind too,’ the actress added.

After Black and Blue hits theaters, she will next be seen reprising her role as Eve Moneypenny in the next James Bond film, No Time To Die, alongside Daniel Craig.

Physically challenging: 'So now I do Pilates twice a week. It's physically challenging but in a nuanced way,' Harris added

Physically challenging: 'So now I do Pilates twice a week. It's physically challenging but in a nuanced way,' Harris added

Physically challenging: ‘So now I do Pilates twice a week. It’s physically challenging but in a nuanced way,’ Harris added

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