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Smulders: I was in such a rush to grow up

Cobie Smulders has opened up about body image and the advice she would give her younger self after posing topless for a magazine cover just three months after welcoming her second child.

The new mum, who welcomed her second child in January, displays her perfectly flat stomach and long, lean limbs on the cover of the magazine and in the accompanying spread.

But while the Avengers: Age of Ultron star admits she’s not new to stripping off for shoots, for her, being topless is more about “being confident with your body” than trying to “excite somebody”.

“It was my first topless photo shoot where I wasn’t trying to appear ‘sexy’, which was interesting,” she told the publication of the cover concept. “Because it’s a women’s magazine, I feel like being topless is more about being confident and about being happy with your body rather than trying to excite somebody else. That’s what this cover was more about.”

After nine seasons playing newsreader Robin Scherbatsky in hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother, which wrapped last year, Cobie has since ventured out into more film roles.

After first appearing as Agent Maria Hill in 2012 blockbuster The Avengers, she’s since reprised the role in several episodes of TV’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. between 2013 and 2014, as well as last year’s big-screen Captain America sequel, Winter Soldier. She will next appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron, which premieres in the US on May 1.

But while her career means the world to her, the 33-year-old admits if she had the opportunity to give her younger self some advice, it would be to “chill the F out” and not be in such a rush to grow up.

“Just chill the F out. When you’re young, you’re so worried. I think I was in such a rush to grow up. I think it’s also the film industry; you’re always trying to be established and trying get to the next level,” she admitted.

“I feel like I should’ve just chilled out, gone back to college for four years and just hung out. Or travelled around the world or something. Just not work so hard. But then, it also got me to where I am today, so it’s a double-edged sword. But I think I could’ve probably mellowed out more.”

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