“Exercising gives me endorphins
and energy. I do it four days a week; I Spin with Candice Accola and Claire
Holt from the show. Running is my solo time; working my muscles outside in
fresh air is therapeutic.”
Don’t skimp on snacks.
“Starving to be skinny isn’t my
thing. When I don’t eat, it affects my mood! On-set, I fuel up with small meals
and I’m always grabbing high-protein snacks, like almonds. Chai lattes with
espresso also keep me going.”
Expand your mind.
“I want to keep growing, so I make
vision boards that say things like, ‘Learn. Excel. Succeed.’ Using my
imagination, spelling out what I want to achieve and creating a reminder of
those things helps me move forward.”
Find someone who makes you smile.
“[My Mr. Right] has to
be a happy person. You’ll laugh and enjoy life more.”
Don’t forget where you came from.
“Remembering my roots
matters to me. We were on a tight budget growing up, and my parents gave so
much to get me where I am. Now, at Christmas, I rent a house in the Rockies and
take my family snowboarding.”
Give yoga a shot.
“Yoga changed my body 100 percent. It
tones everything and leans you out. Dancer’s Pose is amazing. It works every
muscle! And if you can’t quiet your mind, try Downward Dog. It makes you
concentrate on your breath, which resets you. Savasana is the easiest and most
important yoga move because it’s so simple. Lying there is meditative.”
Always keep a toothbrush on hand.
“I have two love
interests on the show, and we have to kiss a lot. I’m always brushing my
“The sexiest thing is to be smart.
Playing dumb might be cute—for about five minutes.”
“I’m like George Clooney in Up in the
Air. When I fly, I never check my bags. I bring a carry-on, an eye
pillow, noise-canceling headphones, a big pillow and a blanket. I usually
travel with a castmate and fall asleep in the most contorted positions, with my
legs splayed out on the lap of whoever is next to me.”
“[When I’m shopping,] I buy a few pieces
that are meaningful, versus a lot of things. My mom says only buy something you
think is special enough to be worth three times its cost.”