The smoldering Miss Smulders! Avengers: Age of Ultron actress Cobie Smulders posed topless on the May 2015 cover of Women’s Health, showing off her ridiculous body in tiny shorts and bikini bottoms.
Though this wasn’t Smulders’ first time stripping down for a magazine, the How I Met Your Mother alum, 33, explained how it differed this time. “I wasn’t trying to appear ‘sexy,’ which was interesting,” she noted. “Because it’s a women’s magazine, I feel like being topless is more about being confident and about being happy with your body, rather than trying to excite somebody else. That’s what this cover was more about.”
On the cover, shot by photographer Eric Ray Davidson, Smulders covers one breast with her slim arm, and looks over her shoulder. Readers can see the star’s defined abs and muscular back even from a profile angle. Inside the issue, Smulders again poses topless, only this time she wears a skimpy red and white striped bikini bottom.
Smulders credits her flat tummy and lean legs to frequent spinning sessions. “I’ve never been one to go to a gym and power it out, but I recently discovered SoulCycle like the rest of the world,” she said of the celeb-beloved chain. “I know it’s like a thing. But there’s one really close to my place and I go, and I sweat, and I just pound it for 45 minutes and then I feel great. So exercise.”
She also has several other mechanisms to help cope with stress. “Besides just gorging myself with cheese…” the mother of two joked. “I like naps, when I can do them. Those help. I don’t get too stressed out. I’m a pretty mellow person. So when it happens, I just take a time out. I give myself a time out. Especially when I’m with my kid, I’m like ‘I need a timeout, I’m going to give myself a timeout!’ and then walk away.”
In fact, that’s something she would have advised her younger self. “Just chill the F out,” she reflected. “When you’re young, you’re so worried. I think I was in such a rush to grow up. I think it’s also the film industry; you’re always trying to be established and trying get to the next level. I feel like I should’ve just chilled out, gone back to college for four years and just hung out. Or traveled around the world or something. Just not work so hard. But then, it also got me to where I am today, so it’s a double-edged sword. But I think I could’ve probably mellowed out more.”
Smulders also cuts loose by hanging out with friends. “Going to watch a band, going to a comedy show, getting drinks, or getting dinner. I love to eat, so usually dinner and then if it’s a late night, it morphs into music or later drinks. Then more food—the second dinner comes around at 2AM,” she joked.
The mom to 5-year-old daughter Shaelyn and another recently-born child (whose name remains unknown) also enjoys the occasional night out with her husband of two years Taran Killam. “I think date nights are important,” she told the mag. “Usually a good dinner. A good solid meal with a bottle of wine sounds pretty good to me.”
“I always associate [the word] ‘healthy’ with ‘healthy eating,'” she dished. “I’m big into ‘you are what you eat’ and if you’re taking care of yourself in that respect, then you’re going to feel good. Look good, feel good.”
She also applies this philosophy to her fitness regimen. “I don’t enjoy working out, I don’t like it,” she confessed. “But through this film experience I learned a lot and learned really how to work out, take control of your body, to strengthen it and just become stronger and more capable. I really started to enjoy working out, which was a first for me. The training that I did was mostly cardio because the physical stuff in the film was just running a lot. We shot in Austin, like I said, and it was like 110°F. I just wanted to get to a place where I could shoot those long days–which they were–and not pass out, which I managed to do. I was proud of myself.”
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