Once she landed the position, she signed on with coach Patrick Murphy to rework her physique from yoga-slim to Baywatch-cut. Her logic? “Patrick trains Zac; Zac’s body is insane.” Her primary objective, nevertheless, was sudden: to placed on weight—within the type of sexy muscle mass, including what Patrick calls “visual lines of definition.” The first few weeks of coaching have been so robust, Alexandra says, there have been occasions she needed to take a break as a result of she was overwhelmed with nausea. The four-or-five-days-a-week routine concerned hour-long, high-intensity workouts utilizing free weights, sliders, TRX straps, resistance bands, and BOSU balls—all good for operating wobble-free by means of the sand (slo-mo non-compulsory).
As intense because the exercise was, Alexandra was so proud of the outcomes that, a yr after wrapping the film, she nonetheless works out with Patrick, although now simply twice every week. We meet up with her one afternoon in a bare-bones fitness center tucked away in West Hollywood as he leads her via her least favourite train—”Abs! I hate them!” she puffs breathlessly. But after she’s finished, she exclaims, “For the first time in my life, I have real abs!”
Just do not rely on her flaunting them on the seashore this summer time. “I’m so pale, I wear cover-ups and bring lots of sunscreen,” she says. Growing up in Manhattan, the Long Island seashores have been the place she chilled, ideally with a guide. Favorites embrace Steve Martin’s autobiography, Born Standing Up, and something by David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs. “All these writers have had incredibly bad things happen to them and have dealt with it with an amazingly dark sense of humor and social commentary that I relate to. I like dark humor.”
That affinity is useful when coping with the courting scene in Hollywood. “I date, but I’m really nervous around boys. I get very tentative,” Alexandra admits. At one level she signed up on Tinder—”I assumed, Maybe I am going to meet the love of my life there,” she says, laughing. “But people have recognized me and it’s embarrassing.” She has discovered one answer to courting awkwardness, although: yoga. “I’ve gone on yoga dates with guys, which I love. They might get grossed out by me because I sweat so much, but that’s how you know if they’re a keeper.”
Eventually she’d like a household, however proper now Alexandra is concentrated on her profession—and with 5 movies popping out within the subsequent yr, her future is as vibrant because the shoreline. “It’s mind-blowing how things have changed,” she says. “I’m doing projects I love, meeting cool people, going to cool parties. The little kid in me is yelling, ‘Holy sh*t, what am I doing here?'”
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