You could do laundry for weeks on the chiseled abs the cast of “Kingdom,” DirecTV’s new drama about a family of mixed martial arts fighters, but it’s not like possessing the body and strength of a professional athlete takes a lot of hard work and discipline or anything.
“I’m already just a super badass. I just wake up in that kinda shape and it really doesn’t take much work,” jokes star Matt Lauria. “No, we train.”
Lauria and co-stars Frank Grillo, Jonathan Tucker and Nick Jonas all play MMA fighters in various stages of their career, so all of them have undergone intense training for their roles.
“Frankie in his own right is a skilled fighter,” Lauria tells Zap2it. “Jonas and Tucker and I, I think we’re all very new to it, so we worked really hard to cram as much in as we could in a short amount of time. It’s sort of an ongoing upkeep thing and polishing along the way.”
Finding the time to hit the gym while shooting for what, for a fighter, would be a full-time job in and of itself is incredibly difficult.
“As far as getting into the shape that a fighter would be in, it’s challenging,” Lauria says. “You work a 12- to even 14-hour day, and I would get up in the morning and do conditioning before that, shoot for 12 hours, then come home and hit the gym right away with some weights, pound a smoothie and hit the hay. That was sort of my life for months.”
But getting into such peak physical condition not only comes with the obvious benefits (those ripped abs), but also more insight into what it’s like as a professional fighter. “It’s such a treat to learn these new skills, because it gets you into the physical vocabulary where these individuals live, but it also immerses you in the world that they live in. And you get to rub shoulders and elbows and all other kinds of parts, I guess, with — I mean, it’s pretty disgusting. Very sweaty and stinky work, let me tell you!”
“Kingdom” premieres Wednesday (Oct. 8) at 9 p.m. ET/PT on DirecTV’s Audience Network.