updated 09/29/2008 AT 4:00 PM ET
•originally published 09/29/2008 AT 5:00 PM ET
Body image means a lot to Sophia Bush, who is careful about what she sees and projects.
“It’s weird: In our business, I’m a size 2 and considered curvy,” the One Tree Hill actress, 26, tells Health magazine for its October issue, on sale Tuesday. “It’s important to remind young women, ‘Listen, even skinny girls have cellulite, even Halle Berry has cellulite, and what you see in photos isn’t totally real.’ ”
Staying fit, she says, is “the reason I’m not a smoker or a big drinker, and it’s why I’m getting more active. For me, fitness isn’t about wanting to be rated with Jessica Alba on the ‘Hot 100’ list. I want to be able to hike the mountains of California with my grandkids.”
And yet, it was not always this way. “You can look up old episodes of my show and see when I was being far too friendly with the craft-services table. Because I’m 5’4” and athletically built, if I gain five pounds it looks like a lot.”
In the same vein, “I’m not a waify girl and never will be,” she says. “I think it’s healthy when fitness experts encourage fitness rather than getting a certain body shape. And I’m Italian – I love food. I’m not going to cut out bread and pasta and wine to be thinner.”