BY Zulekha Pitts | Jan 14, 2014 01:18 PM EST
Eva Green, star of the upcoming "300: Rise of an Empire," credits her new movie for tightening her buns.
Green, who plays Artemisia in the "300" sequel, blames the meticulous and vigorous combat scenes for firming her backside.
"Oh, my God, it's very physically demanding. I feel like I'm smoking too much. It's very visceral and I've never done anything like it before, but I've always loved those Zhang Yimou [martial arts] films," Green said to Empire magazine. "I'm too much in my head usually and this is all in the body, so it's a good experience. I've got a good bum now!"
The 33-year-old French pale beauty also touched on what it was like playing the naughty right-hand woman to Rodrigo Santoro's Xerxes. She enjoyed being a bad girl.
"She's a very cool character. She's very ballsy and brave, and very much ahead of her time. She's Greek by birth but her heart is Persian. She had her whole family slaughtered before her eyes when she was a child and [Xerxes' father] King Darius rescued her and raised her as his own 'son,'" she explained. "I wouldn't say she's manly, but she's very strong, very badaboom."
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