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20 Sunday Territorian. Sunday, December 11, 2011. www.sundayterritorian.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 1 -D E C -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 2 0 C O L O R : C M Y K sundayterritorian.com.au SUNDAY LIFESTYLE body+soul bodyandsoul.com.au Do you have a lifestyle story you would like to share with our readers? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org Actress Jodi Gordon talks to Elle Halliwell about health, happiness and how it hurts to be told youre too thin When Jodi Gordon steps into the pool at Sydneys Ivy complex clad in a sexy leopard-print Zimmermann bikini, its hard not to feel a pang of envy. She looks hot. Her body is bronzed and toned, her long hair is tousled and sun-kissed and shes smiling as though standing in a pool on a cold day is heaps of fun. The Australian actress doesnt possess a curvy physique like Scarlett Johansson or Jennifer Lopez, but theres a healthy amount of fl esh on her bones. So when the 26-year-old former Home And Away star is labelled a fi tness fanatic who is wasting away, it hurts. Its disappointing when you eat healthily and exercise but then get criticised for it, she says during our exclusive shoot. I see girls in the industry who are much thinner than me but a photographer will get a shot of me at a strange angle and Ill be called too thin. Its awful because my family and all my friends who see me stuffi ng my face they read these things and it upsets them as well. In front of the camera Gordon admits she struggled to maintain a steady weight during her years playing Martha MacKenzie on the longrunning Channel 7 soap, and that she and her co-stars were aware the camera adds weight. You have to be mindful, because its important to keep your body at the right shape and size for you and for what represents the characters on screen, she says. My weight fl uctuated a lot doing Home And Away. I started off a little chubbier and then I lost weight, but now that Im maturing my body is fi nding consistency. Keeping it light Nowadays she keeps her portion sizes in check and eats a diet high in protein while still enjoying the odd treat. Ive realised its about what you put in your mouth, your portion size, and knowing what foods do what for your body, she says. I think Im in better shape now than I have been in my whole life because Im eating well and I exercise. Gordon says she and her fi anc, rugby league player Braith Anasta, are trying to eat more organic food and like to cook simple meals at home. Breakfast for the former model includes Weet-Bix or muesli, fruit and yoghurt; lunch is a wrap with salad and protein; and dinner is usually the Aussie staple of meat and three veg. Im social; we go for breakfast a lot and I like to eat well when Im out, she says. But when were on our own its about keeping it easy and light and introducing fl avours that keep it interesting. Gordon works out fi ve or six times a week, and loves running. I used to do a bit of Bikram yoga and Pilates, but if I get bored with something Im not going to make myself do it. Running keeps my mind and body healthy. I enjoy exercise more now because I do it for a lot of different reasons, but when I was younger and modelling Id do it because I had to. Gordon, who signed with Viviens Model Management at 13 before moving into acting in 2005 at the age of 20, says her career has played havoc with her skin and she has struggled with acne since her teens. Years of having make-up put on your skin can really affect it and make it sensitive, but Ive recently started working with a specialist to get my skin balanced, she says. Reason to smile Aside from the scrutiny surrounding her fi gure, the Queensland-born star has plenty to smile about. Her fi lm career is heating up, with The Cup released in October and her next movie, Any Questions For Ben, scheduled for early next year. She and Anasta have also just bought a home together in Sydneys eastern suburbs and have adopted a gorgeous Siberian husky. Gordon hints a date for her wedding has been locked in for next year. Is there a drastic pre-nuptial health kick planned ahead of the big day? No, she says. I dont want to change my body or anything; I just want to make sure Im relaxed, happy and have a nice time.