Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner: ‘Exercise Has Made Me Feel More Positive About My Body’

05/17/2016 at 10:05 AM ET

Sophie Turner for SELF Raf Stahelin

Sophie Turner had to seriously shape up for her role in X-Men: Apocalypse.

Her training involved hill sprints, kettle bells and more for up to 60 minutes, six days a week.

“It was all outside, around London, which was more fun than being cooped up in a gym,” the Game of Thrones star, 20, says in the June issue of SELF magazine. “I need to do fun stuff that takes my mind off the fact that I’m working out.”

Sophie Turner for SELF Raf Stahelin

Turner’s trainer, James Farmer, says his main focus was ensuring that she didn’t get bored during their sessions.

“She’s strong, physically and mentally, which makes my job easy,” he says. “I just had to make sure she didn’t get bored, so I devised tricks, like teaching her increasingly complex boxing combinations.”

Since she’s gotten more into fitness, Turner has felt her confidence growing.

“Exercise has made me feel more positive about my body, less self-conscious,” she says. “I don’t know if I look any different, but I feel stronger, and I can do more, which is such a good feeling. It’s so liberating.”

Sophie Turner for SELF Raf Stahelin

A former ballerina, Turner wants to try barre classes next.

“All last night I was looking at them on Instagram!” she says.

The actress has also adopted a health-conscious diet.

“I’ve really embraced healthy eating,” she says. “It makes you feel a lot better and more energetic. I’m inspired to get up and out.”

Gabrielle Olya, @GabyOlya

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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