If an actor really wants to follow their dream: I came out of a small city, Liverpool in England, and I ended up in Hollywood. So, I’m proof anything is possible. If they want to follow their dream, they just have to take the chances, they have to grind and work hard. It seems all I do is work. However I have made more efforts to find a better work -life balance recently having made good friends here finally and spending time on other interests.
You are the leading Actress, Martial Artist, Fitness champion, Model, Brand Ambassador, and Fashion icon. How do you manage such a remarkable multi-dimensional lifestyle?
Really, it’s just about strying to do the best work that I can.. If I’m not filming, I’m reading scripts going to meetings and hustling for new opportunities. I also make sure I find time to work with my acting coach or accent coach, If not working, then I’m focusing on self-improvement, either in the gym or enjoying my kung Fu, learning new certifications in weaponry,so that all of my tools are polished and ready to go when called upon. I’m in a constant state of preparedness.
What exercises comprise your fitness regime or workout routine you may wish to share?
The only cardio I do is martial arts and weapons training, which also translates well with my work on-camera. Everyone thinks I’m like a wrestler or fighter because of my physique but I don’t spar or do MMA. I just do everything for camera and film so that it looks authentic.
In the gym, I changed my routine probably about 8 years ago and have a better body now than I did when I competed. I make sure to train by performing different compound movements every day mixed in with accessories, so I don’t over train and I’m burning calories 24/7. I don’t go into the gym and do individual body parts anymore since my training now combines strength with little rest which is my cardio. I work smarter now not harder.
How do you train your abs? One secret to your toned body.
I do a lot of deadlifts and squats which trains your core to be tight. I’ll also occasionally do wheel crunches or hanging pull ups. But really it’s the diet that is so important and you basically see my abs only when I’m leaning out for work.
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