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Sarah Gadon groans about girdle

Sarah Gadon was impressed with how much the girdle she wore for her new TV show helped her posture.

Actress Sarah Gadon ditched her two-litres-of-water-a-day habit while shooting her new mini-series, because her girdle made bathroom breaks too much effort.

The 28-year-old actress has just wrapped 11.22.63, about a high school teacher who travels back in time to try to stop the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy. It's based on the book by Stephen King, with Sarah playing the lead's love interest Sadie, and while it was fun to work on, the costumes took more than a little getting used to.

"Because Sadie was a working woman, we kept the hair and make-up realistic, so quite pared down and natural," she told "I did have to wear a girdle, though, which is not the greatest experience - I don't think women were drinking two litres of water like we do today because going to the bathroom was a lot of work."

It wasn't all bad news though, as the restrictive item actually improved Sarah's posture in the long term. The first scene she shot saw her in a complicated dance routine with her co-star James Franco, complete with girdle holding her in place, and looking back she can't believe she nailed it.

"It was a real cardio workout, dancing around and being thrown into the air," she laughed. "Afterwards we were so out of breath that we walked to different corners of the room to regroup. I saw him out of breath and all I could think was, 'And I'm doing this in a girdle!'"

Sarah has been making waves in the beauty and fashion worlds as well as with her acting - she was confirmed as the face of Giorgio Armani Beauty in 2015. She cites the company's Luminous Silk Foundation as her go-to base for the cold winter months, but moisturiser-wise she shuns pricey brands in favour of organic aloe vera gel. Her other picks are Vaseline, which is a staple in her make-up bag, and a tea tree oil stick from The Body Shop which is brilliant at busting her blemishes.

"It's really exciting, especially since I'm a huge beauty junkie and I've always been a fan of the brand, both their cosmetics and their stunning campaign images," she said of her role with Armani. "I got the call about a year ago, and it was a completely surreal moment and such a dream job. Working with Mr. Armani is such an incredible experience because he's so creative and such a visionary, and Linda Cantello is amazing and a true artist."

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