Find out how HBO's sexiest stars stay in shape, from Game of Thrones to Girls
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Role: Daenerys Targaryen, Game of Thrones
Best known for her sexy-meets-gritty role as "Mother of Dragons" on Game of Thrones, beautiful Brit Emilia Clarke has quickly become a pin-up girl for fantasy nerds (and HBO addicts) everywhere. With the number of times she's appeared in the buff on the show, she's clearly comfortable in her own skin too. So how exactly does Khaleesi take such good care of it? The 26-year-old actress, who credits her mom as her beauty icon, says she cleanses, tones, and moisturizes twice a day and takes Epsom salt baths to relax. But on how she actually gets fit for her warrior-like costumes, Khaleesi has remained quite mum on the subject. Our money's on weight training with the heavy blonde wig she dons for each episode.
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Role: Cersei Lannister, Game of Thrones
With a role truly fit for a queen, Lena Headey is one sexy, sassy star. The brunette bombshell definitely makes playing tough characters like Lady Lannister look easy, but given the fact she's a boxer in real life, it comes as no surprise.
"I took up boxing as a fitness thing," she told EW. "I got obsessed and I would go every day when I wasn't working. It's just an insane sport when you get into it."
Aside from boxing, the 39-year-old vegetarian also swears by yoga to stay in such royal shape [Click to Tweet Cersei's routine!].
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Role: Sookie Stackhouse, True Blood
With a rockin' body, a hot hubby, and a killer career, Anna Paquin seems to have it all—including fierce dedication to her workout routine. The 30-year-old actress counts boxing, The Bar Method, and Hot 8 Yoga as some of her favorite ways to stay fit and ready for any in-the-buff scenes.
"I feel good when I feel like I'm really strong. And that's not necessarily when I'm at my numerically most gratifying weight," she's said. "I think there's also a really big difference between looking healthy and being healthy."
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Role: Sloan Sabbith, The Newsroom
Sexbot-for-geeks comedienne turned in-demand-actress Olivia Munn sizzles on the small screen as sassy Sloan Sabbith on The Newsroom. With those lean legs and awesome abs, we have to wonder about her stay-fit secrets—but don't think she ever follows "the jeans test" to keep her weight on track.
"I don't believe in the ‘jeans' test because it's easy to cheat—I have a pair that fits like sweatpants because I haven't washed them since 1998! God forbid I'd have to go through the pain of stretching them out again."
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Role: Ygritte, Game of Thrones
As the ruthless, gritty, and oh-so-fiery Ygritte on Game of Thrones, actress Rose Leslie says playing the character has actually inspired her to become tougher in real life. But despite her Katniss-like arrow skills, fighting sequences and sexy nude scenes (hello, caves and hot tubs), this wilding is not a fan of running. The 26-year-old beauty told Nylon TV she hates to run because it makes her look "like a complete weirdo." We think we may just adore her even more now.
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Role: Marnie Michaels, Girls
We love getting our dose of the beautiful and bossy Marnie Michael's on Girls, so what's Allison Williams' secret to her slim body? Aside from sweat-worthy Core Fusion Barre and SoulCycle classes, the talented actress has trained with New York-based Reggie Chambers, doing grueling hour-long workouts filled with boxing, core work, and resistance moves that use her own body weight.
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Role: Vice President Selina Meyer, Veep
She may be slinging crazy insults as Vice President Selina Meyer but never before have we seen someone so naughty be so likeable at the same time. So much so, we'd say Julia Louis-Dreyfus just might be hotter at 52 than at 32. How does the A-lister stay so ageless? According to the actress, four-mile runs, hiking in the State Park, and a positive outlook seem to do the trick.
"In a perfect world, I'd do it [work out] five times a week," she's said. "Honestly, though, it's less than that. But if I go a few days without my fitness workouts, I always come back to it. I find I actually crave it. It makes a huge difference in terms of my metabolism and keeping my weight steady."
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Role: Talisa Stark, Game of Thrones
Oona Chaplin may have played the stunning healer and "Queen of the North" on TV (RIP Talisa and baby Ned!), but she's Hollywood royalty off screen too. As the granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin and great-granddaughter of Eugene O'Neil, charisma clearly runs in the family. But even though her pretty, petite figure might be the envy of many (attack, attack), she admits it wasn't always that way.
"I originally wanted to be a ballet dancer, but I had to come up with an alternative career when I was told my derriere was too big," she told The Telegraph. "It was a bit of a shock, as I'd always thought of myself as quite trim."
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Role: Amy Brookheimer, Veep
We fell in love with Vada Sultenfuss in 1991's My Girl, but we think Anna Chlumsky's role as Chief of Staff Amy Brookheimer is even more memorable. The 32-year-old actress looks better than ever thanks to Bikram yoga and Kung Fu, but she admits her Hollywood experience hasn't been totally devoid of body pressures. When she was shooting My Girl 2, the blonde beauty recalls being put on a low-calorie diet and was even ordered to work out during lunch breaks!
"They thought I was getting fat, but I was just growing up, just getting bigger," she's said. The star is pregnant with her first child but told Us Weekly she hasn't had any wild pregnancy cravings yet.
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Role: Margaret Jordan, The Newsroom
We're merely just a month away from getting our fix of Maggie's love triangles again, but we can hardly wait. How does Alison Pill stay in such amazing camera-ready shape? The 27-year-old actress has trained with Pilates teacher Andrea Mitchell for more than six years.
"I have never before experienced such an improvement in the way my body works," Pill says. "I feel stronger, more aware of my alignment, and happy to have found a way to exercise that I really look forward to."