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    Nathalie Emmanuel Got Real About Body Image, And Everyone Needs To Hear This

    "I had to change how I interacted with exercise."

    You know actor Nathalie Emmanuel.

    Nathalie Emmanuel photographed during the 77th Venice Film Festival at the Excelsior Hotel on September 8, 2020, in Venice, Italy

    She portrayed Missandei in Game of Thrones, Ramsey in the Fast and Furious franchise, and my personal favorite — Maya in the Four Weddings and a Funeral Hulu reboot.

    Now she can add "July/August Women's Health cover star" to her list of accomplishments.

    In the interview, Nathalie opened up about her body image journey, and everyone needs to read this.

    Nathalie Emmanuel attends the photocall of the Miu Miu Women's Tales at the 77th Venice Film Festival on September 06, 2020, in Venice, Italy

    "You know how on Facebook it shows you a memory of yourself from six years ago or four years ago? A picture came up on my phone, and I went, 'I look so great!'" she said. "But I also remember that at the time [of that photo], I thought I was overweight and needed to do all these unhealthy things."

    "We just beat ourselves up constantly, and we’re never perfect enough," she continued. "I had to change how I interacted with exercise and decide what I wanted to get from it."

    Her mindful approach to working out means focusing less on her size and more on what she wants to accomplish.

    She also does yoga, something she got into when she was 18. "My mental health was deteriorating, and I took my first class in reaction to it." It stuck!

    "What I love about yoga is there’s no pressure to be the best at it. Even if you just lie on your mat for the hour and breathe with intention, you’re doing yoga," she explained.

    You can read the full article at Women's Health here.

    And you can check out Nathalie in F9: The Fast Saga in theaters June 25, 2021.

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