True Blood's Rutina Wesley: I Was a "Machine" With Too-Bulky Bod

Celebrity Body Jun. 2, 2011 AT 10:03AM

Rutina Wesley's character on True Blood might not have any supernatural powers (that we know of), but her ripped arms are definitely a force of nature.

"When I studied at Juilliard, I did a lot of pushups and became this diesel machine," the 32-year-actress tells Us Weekly. "I was really big and was like this is not a good look for an ingenue."

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To transform from bulky action hero to lean leading lady, Wesley stopped doing pushups and took up Pilates. And even though she likes to show off her sculpted arms in strapless dresses, all the attention on her biceps makes her uncomfortable at times. "I get so many compliments on them and I'm like, 'I know, stop talking about my arms! I'm not muscle woman!'"

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The actress also likes to wear short shorts to show off her amazing legs. "My legs are actually my favorite feature," she reveals.

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