Despite her super-busy schedule, with five films in the works and a new ABC TV series coming out this fall, Malin Akerman still found time to strike a pose for the latest cover of Shape magazine, the June 2012 issue. The 34-year-old actress, who admits to stepping up her diet and fitness routine before the shoot, says that, “There isn’t a woman alive who doesn’t have problems with her body,” says Malin, “including me!”

In fact, the actress confesses that when she found out she’d be shooting a Shape cover, she kind of panicked. “I hit the bikini-panic button. When I’m not working or prepping for a role, I tend to relax my diet and scale back my workouts, so I wasn’t feeling as fit as I like to be for a photo shoot,” Malin explains.

However, even though at first she was rather nervous about going bare, Malin had a plan. “I’m not going to lie: I was born with good genes [her mother was also a model]. But when I overindulge, I can get a paunch in my belly. And I’ve always wished I had more beef in my booty,” Akerman told Shape. “I made sure that my diet throughout the two weeks prior [to the covershoot] was very much lean meats, like a lot of fish, a lot of vegetables,” the actress says.

Malin Akerman Covers Shape June 2012 Malin Akerman Covers Shape June 2012

But how does one of the sexiest women in the world feel these days? “Great. I have a lot more energy and focus – not to mention self-confidence. Now when I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror, that’s what I see reflecting back,” Malin confesses.

The gorgeous actress admits that she’s not into drastic diets. “No, no, no! I’ve never been on a fad diet or tried one of those crazy cleanses. I think they just mess up your system. I believe in eating as nutritiously as I can all the time – not just before I’m putting on a swimsuit. My mother raised me on fresh – rather than processed – foods, and that’s how I eat on a regular basis,” Akerman told Shape.

On drinking alcohol, Malin says that, “I love to drink wine, but when I avoid it, I have so much more energy – and that’s what I need when I’m focusing on my body.”

In her interview with Shape, the beautiful starlet also reveals she’s not that virtuous when it comes to her diet and she still has her splurges.

“Oh, believe me, I have my splurges. I can’t live without chocolate. Though I barely consider it an indulgence because it’s good for you. I also love a thick steak and french fries. I try not to eat them more than once a week, but if they somehow land on the table in front of me, I won’t hold back. You’ve got to allow yourself the things you enjoy or you’ll just be miserable,” she told the magazine.

Read Malin Akerman’s full interview in the June 2012 issue of SHAPE magazine.

Malin Akerman Covers Shape June 2012

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