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Magic City: The Magic Behind Their Hot Bodies


After getting a sneak preview of the exciting premiere episode, and hot bodies, of Magic City in the SHAPE offices we were hooked. The show, set in Miami Beach in 1959, focuses on the family and life of Jewish hotelier Ike Evans. With ties to the mob, the civil rights movement, political scandal, and the fall of Cuba and Castro, life at the Miramar Playa Hotel is anything but boring. But of course, here at SHAPE, we couldn’t get over all the super-fit actors and actresses traipsing around in bathing suits and those fabulous 1950’s dresses Mad Men has us completely hooked on.

As luck would have it, Kelly Lynch, who plays Meg Bannock, the older sister of Ike’s first wife, who has a very complicated relationship with the hotelier, stopped by the office last week and we pumped her to find out just how everyone on set stays so fit—without going overboard. Considering women in the ‘50’s weren’t particularly muscular, how are the actors staying so slim? Read on to see what the actress had to say about working out, and eating right on set. Then watch the exclusive video below where she shares her go-to snack, the breakfast she eats every day, and what it’s like wearing a girdle and other 1950’s underpinnings all day long!

SHAPE: Does your character workout? How does Meg Bannock stay in shape?

KL: My character does workout, she plays tennis, rides horses, and swims laps in her pool but she is unusual for her time.

SHAPE: How do you stay in shape? Did you have to change your fitness routine to prepare for Magic City?

KL: I do a real upper body workout when I’m off season. When I’m on season I’ll do a lot less upper body work and let my arms get a little softer. I do things like paddle boarding, bike riding, hiking, and the elliptical. I focus on the below and mellow out on the above.

SHAPE: What’s on your workout playlist right now?

KL: Someone made me a recording of music from the 1950’s. At first I thought, ‘this is not going to motivate me enough,’ but I find myself so intrigued with the sexy music of the era, I find myself gliding and doing my thing—it’s great!

SHAPE: What are you eating while on set?

KL: There’s brown rice and whole grains for lunches. I’m a vegetarian and I never have problems putting good healthy things together. But it’s still about self-discipline because there are still people who want to have Oreos on set! It’s up to us to say no.

SHAPE: What’s your splurge food?

KL: I don’t even think of it as a splurge but dark chocolate. I eat it every day. I try to get 70 percent cacao. It’s a source of fat but not very high, and a lot vitamins. And what girl doesn’t love chocolate? If I can get organic that’s the best.

Watch the video to hear how 1950’s under garments compare to modern day spanks, plus Lynch’s take on butter, “diet foods,” and how she makes drinking kale taste good.


Tune in for the Magic City premiere on Starz at 10 p.m. tonight and tell us what you think. Will Magic City be the new Mad Men of Miami?


As an editor at SHAPE I have the chance to learn about the healthiest ways to cook, eat, and live from all sorts of experts but I’m also a single girl living in NYC with a busy schedule, active social life, and chocolate cravings. I’m here to share what works for me—and where I need a little help from you.


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