The new action-thriller film, Without Remorse, based on Tom Clancy’s novel of the same name, is now streaming on Amazon Prime.
On the heels of the April 30 premiere, Jodie Turner-Smith opened up about the special military training she went through in preparation for her role as Lt. Commander Karen Greer, alongside her co-stars that included Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell.
It turns out the British-born actress, 34, was in the second trimester of her pregnancy when the cast endured rigorous boot camp-style training to be in top physical shape for the demanding film.
Heavy load: Jodie Turner-Smith revealed she was in the second trimester of her pregnancy while training for the action-thriller film, Without Remorse; the new mother stunned in a red dress for the virtual premiere of Without Remorse on April 30
‘[Training] wasn’t straightforward because I was pregnant, so that definitely added a layer of complexity to it,’ the actress, 34, revealed in an interview with Variety
‘But I went after it. I gave it all of myself.’
To put Turner’s-Smith’s condition into perspective when she headed into training: a woman in her second trimester is the middle phase of pregnancy that lasts from weeks 13 to 28, or months four thru six.
New role: The British-born star, 34, plays Lt. Commander Karen Greer, a brand new character in the franchise universe, who’s the niece of James Greer — Jack Ryan and John Kelly’s (better known as John Clark) frequent ally — and a decorated Navy Seal
Training for two: To put Turner’s-Smith’s physical condition into perspective when she headed into training: a woman in her second trimester is the middle phase of pregnancy that lasts from weeks 13 to 28, or months four thru six
The Queen & Slim star explained how being pregnant with her daughter Janie, who she shares with husband and actor Joshua Jackson, presented a whole new set of challenges for her as they all tried to keep up with their expert trainers.
‘We worked really closely with these guys on set who were there to teach us how to operate in combat, how to move with and around each other, how to talk to each other,’ she confessed.
‘We’re emulating guys who have been working together, alongside each other for years, so there needed to be a sense of familiarity and comfort and ease to how they work together.’
The team: The actress shared a photo taken on set with her Without Remorse co-stars Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell
Training: Turner-Smith also shared video of the casts’ military preparations on Instagram
One of the most challenging parts of the whole experience was when she had to prepare and film underwater stunts.
‘I don’t know if you know this, but when you are pregnant, it’s very hard to hold your breath,’ Turner-Smith said before adding, ‘So, I had unique challenges that my co-stars didn’t have.’
Turner-Smith’s Lt. Commander Greer is a brand new character in the franchise universe, who’s the niece of James Greer — Jack Ryan and John Kelly’s (better known as John Clark) frequent ally — and a decorated Navy Seal and Clark’s former team member.
Expert eye: The actress also shared a selfie photo of herself with co-star Jamie Bell and former Reconnaissance Marine & Special Operations instructor Buck Doyle, who helped train the cast
Jordan plays elite Navy Seal John Kelly/Clark, one of the most famous characters in Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan universe.
The shoot kicked off in October 2019, but it was interrupted and temporarily halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film was eventually completed by the following October.
Turner-Smith and Jackson would eventually welcome their daughter Janie to the world in April 2020.
Out now! Without Remorse started streaming on Amazon Prime on April 30
Turner-Smith and husband and actor Joshua Jackson welcomed their daughter Janie to the world in April 2020; they are pictured on April 2, 2021 in New York City