If you're a dedicated fan of the Freeform series Shadowhunters, you know that it's an action-packed show. So when the cast members first got their roles, they all attended a boot camp to get in shape and mold themselves into their characters. Stars Katherine McNamara, Matthew Daddario, and Dominic Sherwood recently caught up with our affiliate site Empire, and dished on the fitness and team building experience.
"[Boot camp] was a huge part of our training process and our prep for the show, and also for our cast bonding," Katherine dishes. "Not only did we have fitness training with a personal trainer who helped us eat right and get in shape and really look like the warrior that we wanted to become, we also had weapons training with... a myriad of demon-killing devices we use on the show"
"Then we also did gymnastics training, because we wanted to do a lot of our own stunts," Kat adds. "Our stunt coordinator put a lot of trust in us. Not only were we trying to find our way together, we're training together, we're working together. We became a family."
"There were a lot of things going on during boot camp," Matthew explains. "There was learning about this world, there was learning the characters, and then the working out and the eating and the meetings and all of that. Instead of getting tired, everyone handled it with great enthusiasm."
"I think everyone was so excited to be part of something with such scale and the working out was quite a thing. It was also a great way for all of us to be introduced to each other, and because of that kind of environment, where everyone is working towards a similar goal, it created these very strong friendships."
"It was incredibly intense, especially for myself and Daddario and Alberto, who play Alec and Simon, because we had to completely transform our bodies into something that we weren't," Dominic shares. "I let myself go a little doughy – I think that's the best way of saying it – and we had to turn into these lifelong soldiers, because that's who they are. So we had to put on an incredible amount of muscle weight and maintain that through the show. Then, on top of that, learn how to use a sword and various martial arts so it looks like we've been doing it our entire lives."
"It was very intense, but it's really nice to work with such passionate and wonderful people, not only from the cast but also in the crew and our trainers and our stunt team. They're always working with us. It was actually really fun, rather than when you hear 'boot camp' and think that it sounds horrendous."
It's a good thing they had a great time while morphing into their intense characters!
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