15 Amazing Bodies From X-Men Films
The Xavier Institute must have a gym. The stars of the various X-Men movies all stay fit, and have kept themselves well long after the franchise ended (it will soon mutate into a new version in the MCU). How do they stay so put together? Rebecca Romijn gets oxygen into her blood through exercise. Hugh Jackman embraces his sensitivity. And January Jones takes her vitamins. Read on for the wellness secrets from these most x-cellent celebs.
Rebecca Romijn played Mystique in the original trilogy. She shared some of her wellness secrets with Chatelaine.com. Romijn says that she makes fitness a regular activity, and it's how she deals with body image issues. "Continuing to exercise no matter what. This goes back to breathing deeply and getting oxygen into your blood and doing whatever you can to feel good. It's all you can do."
Jennifer Lawrence played Mystique in the prequel films. She is a proud feminist, and talked about wanting to encourage this to Harper's Bazaar. "If we are moving forward in a society, you are feeling stronger as a woman, and you want to be taken more seriously. You don't have to take away the wonderful traits that come with being a woman: We are sensitive. We are pleasers. We're empathetic. All those things that can keep you from asking for what you want or making mistakes."
Sophie Turner plays Jean Grey in the prequel films. Turner is known for dying her hair, and she tells Vogue that this is a self-care routine for her. "Changing my hair always gives me such a confidence boost. Red makes me feel very empowered but with blonde I'm my old self again which makes me feel very confident. Sometimes when I go red I feel like I'm putting on a mask and that really empowers me."
Hugh Jackman has played Wolverine in the original trilogy, the prequels, and his own film series. He talked about being in the public eye, and refusing to read reviews to The Guardian. "I am thin-skinned. But it's also a strength as an actor. Thin-skinned is sensitivity, which is something you need. And so I'm still learning to cope with it."
January Jones played Emma Frost in X-Men: First Class. She makes sure to take vitamins, and shared her favorites with Into The Gloss. "I take vitamin C, vitamin B, turmeric, and I take probiotics and enzymes. I make sure my son takes his vitamin C and allergy serum in the morning, too. And I do take Biotin—I'm not sure if it does anything or not, but I started taking it for my nails because I had to wear acrylics for nine years for Mad Men."
Zoe Kravitz played Angel Salvadore in X-Men: First Class. She talked about how her diet has evolved, and what she values in food to Harper's Bazaar. "I was raised vegan. My mom would always make quinoa with squash and kale, hippie stuff like that. Now I eat meat, but I try to be conscious about where it's coming from. But I stick to mostly vegan health food just because it's how I grew up; I really like Souen and Angelica Kitchen in the East Village."
Famke Janssen plays Jean Grey in the original films, the prequels, and the Wolverine films. She tells The Independent that she likes to stay as private as she can. "Because of my privacy issues," she says, "I basically shun the press. I'm sure you googled me to try and find some things, but I am super private and realised a long time ago that I don't really like people knowing anything about me."
Rose Byrne played Moira McTaggert in two of the prequel films. She shared her favorite workouts with Shape Magazine. "I've been taking a lot of long walks and hikes. All that cliché stuff. And doing yoga, which I started when I was 15 and rediscovered during quarantine. I try to do it every day for 15 to 20 minutes. It's a great way to quiet the mind."
Ryan Reynolds' character Deadpool has appeared in the Wolverine films, and his own spinoff films. He worked with trainer, Don Saladino, to get in shape for the role. "We'll segmentally look at his body and we'll just try and grease it," Saladino told GQ. "When you're flossing your teeth, you're just making sure it's smooth, and it's clean. Like, I want to make sure that his joints are really flossed. So that's like, number one focus early on."
Anna Paquin played Rogue in both the original trilogy and prequel films. She talked about her wellness to CNN. "As I get older, I'm learning to balance that stuff better. Not focus on one thing at the expense of everything else. Sometimes it's like, walk away from the elliptical machine. Go sit outside. Do some relaxing because you'll be in a better mood."
Alexandra Shipp played Storm in the prequel films. She shared how she takes care of her skin to The Cut. "I'm obsessed with a few beauty products right now like Skin Jelly by Hapbee. It's a plant-based jelly that is super hydrating. It's great to make your lid a little glossy, but I pile it on at night to really even out my skin tone. I have really bad cystic acne so I get hyperpigmentation from acne scars. With cystic, it's under your skin, and changes the texture and color without ever coming to the surface. I have naturally oily skin — I don't really need highlighter, let's put it that way. I'm catching the sun whether I want to or not."
Halle Berry played Storm in the original and prequel films. She shared her fitness secrets with Marie Claire. "My fitness routine changes. Some days it's more cardiovascular-heavy. Some days it's working with light weights. Sometimes it's calisthenics, sometimes it's yoga, sometimes it's Pilates. I just recently got a Pilates machine at home, which I love, love, love. Sometimes it's that. I just try to mix it up. I think our bodies get used to the same exercises. So for me, it's always been important to do different things all the time."
Nicholas Hoult played Hank McCoy in the prequel and Deadpool films. He tells The Hollywood Reporter that he loves auto racing. "I've loved car racing since I was a kid, so the opportunity to actually do it, I would be absolutely insane to pass up. But it's also terrifying. I think it's always good to get yourself outside of your comfort zone."
James Marsden played Cyclops in the original series and in X-Men: Days of Future Past. He spoke out against diet culture in an interview with Men's Health. "We are going a little overboard with the shrink-wrap thing. We dehydrate the shit out of ourselves to keep carbs out of our system so we can have a 14-pack. It's getting out of control. It doesn't look healthy. I will never do that."
Olivia Munn played Elizabeth Braddock in the prequel films. She revealed to Us Weekly that staying hydrated is a big wellness secret of hers. "It's super simple, but it's just drinking so much water. The more water you drink, it just speeds up your metabolism, helps flush everything out. And if you put lemon in your water, it's really great to help you drain a lot of things out."