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Emily VanCamp Covers Self October 2012

Posted Tuesday September 18, 2012 6:12 AM GMT

With the second season of her hit show "Revenge" set to get underway beginning September 30th, Emily VanCamp pitched in on promotions by taking over the cover of the October 2012 issue of Self magazine.

The 26-year-old Canadian actress looked casual chic in a Ralph Lauren Blue Label shirt with Levi's shorts and Vanessa Mooney bracelets for the Chris Craymer shot front page while dishing about love, flat abs, body image and more!

Highlights from Miss VanCamp's interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Self!

On how she gets her flat abs:
"Pilates is my favorite core strengthener. I do it three or four times a week. With all the strengthening and lengthening, it's like ballet. Plus, you get to do it lying down! The Hundreds move is a killer. I can't say it's my favorite, because it's not easy, but it works!"

On getting over the stick-thin thing:
"Women are hard on themselves. I'm trying to stop focusing on my flaws and appreciate what I love about my body. It's tough—the need to be perfect was drilled into me when I did ballet. But I think people are sick of stick-thin actresses. I mean, it's not real. People have said to me, 'Wow, you look so much bigger on TV.' I can't let that hurt me. You have to be comfortable enough with yourself to say, 'Screw off. I like how I look, and I'm not going to starve myself.'"

On the importance of having fun:
"The best therapy is surrounding yourself with people who make you laugh. My sisters—especially my older sister Katie—and my close friends and my boyfriend make everything seem funny. My ideal day would be hanging out with people I love, swimming, laughing and barbecuing."

On dressing sexy, not slutty:
"It's about balance. If I'm showing a lot of leg, I'll put on my leather jacket to be more covered up. If you're not sure, ask your girlfriends. I tried on a red dress recently, and the girls were like, 'No, you can't wear that!' Of course, when I asked some guy friends, they were like, 'It's great! You have to wear it!'"

On not being a fool for love:
"I've been fortunate—I've had great relationships. Well, there was one not-so-good one, but I probably learned the most from it. It's important to explore, because someday you will find the person who completes the equation. When you're that in love, you want to gush to the world! But I gush to my family and friends instead. No one should jump on the couch on TV—ever."

Photo Credit: Chris Craymer for Self