FITNESS. WHAT’S YOUR APPROACH?
I don’t get obsessive about it; I just listen to my body. I know that sounds cheesy but you can tell when your body needs a good workout – it’s so good for your mind and wellbeing. I just feel like a newborn baby after a good workout! I have scoliosis [a curvature of the spine] so my back can get quite sore. I don’t go to the gym or do heavy weights, and I can’t really run anymore, but I find yoga and pilates really helpful.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU HIT THE YOGA MAT?
When I’m not working, maybe three times a week. I go to this place in LA called Modo Yoga [ed’s note: there are studios in Sydney]. It’s not Bikram, but it’s still in a heated room. It’s got a really good meditative aspect to it, so that helps when I’m feeling stressed about a bad day. Or, if there’s a lot going on, I can escape for an hour and settle my mind. Then when I’m working, I don’t exercise as much; I try to rest as much as I can. I take a yoga mat with me because you can do yoga anywhere, like in a hotel room. It usually ends up just sitting in a corner gathering dust, to be honest. But at least I tried!
ARE YOU A FOODIE?
I try to be. But then at some restaurants, I have to ask the waiter what every second word means on the menu. I grew up a lot in Asia so I love ramen, Thai food and sushi. They remind me of living there.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR DAY ON A PLATE...
I have a small breakfast of tea and fruit – or, if I’m on holiday, my favourite is eggs Benedict – and then lunch around 12pm. If I’m at home, I make a big salad with Spanish rice, rocket, parmesan, shallots, capsicum and sometimes I put some chicken or whatever in. But at work [on set] there are caterers, so it’s hard to resist the temptation of the delicious food! I’ll have a heavier meal for dinner because I have trouble sleeping and being full actually helps me sleep. I don’t go on forceful diets where you have to eliminate everything, because as soon as someone says I can’t have something, that’s all I want to eat.
Read more of our chat with Samara – including her skyrocketing career and her secret Harry Potter tattoo – in this month's Women's Health, on sale Monday March 5.