The actress needed to get into the best physical shape of her life.
Zazie Beetz is best known for portraying Vanessa on the hit FX series Atlanta alongside Donald Glover. Her performance in the critically-acclaimed series caught the attention of Ryan Reynolds, who ultimately requested she be cast in the forthcoming Deadpool 2. However, a part in a physically-demanding Hollywood blockbuster comes with a price.
Opening up about her role as Domino in the highly-anticipated sequel, which is slated to debut in theatres this Friday, Beetz notes how all the hours spent in the gym left a sour taste in her mouth. "I learned more than ever that I don’t like working out," she admits. "To make a distinction, I hate weight training, and I kind of enjoyed fight training, it’s a lot more of a mental engagement. It’s a full body thing, there’s variation so that was a lot more interesting for me."
Beetz eventually found a silver lining with the whole experience. "It’s also interesting to have to push yourself so much and see where that mentally takes you and emotionally takes you. It was a huge adjustment. But also I kept thinking, this is my job right now and I have to do this to do the best work that I can," she reveals.
After months of intense workouts, Beetz confesses that she was anxious to put her newfound physicality to use. "On my first day of doing action I was so nervous because I was like ‘Oh God I hope this has paid off. We had been working so much, and I was thinking hopefully it’ll look good and I remember doing the first take and then seeing the playback and I was like 'it’s f***ing amazing!"
Elsewhere, Beetz professes how she still feels uneasy about co-starring in a massive franchise that will significantly elevate her public notoriety. "I’ve been talking a lot to my boyfriend [actor David Rysdahl] about this, we both feel, because it affects the both of us, that we’re crossing this bridge that we’re burning down that we can’t go back."
Co-star Josh Brolin offered some sage words of advice for dealing with fame, telling Beetz "in the end it’s a choice in how you do your day-to-day and to take it with a light foot and to not take it all so seriously."