Bunbury plays the first woman to ever be drafted to a Major League Baseball team in Pitch

By Raha Lewis and Lindsay Kimble
Updated September 09, 2016 05:15 PM
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Kylie Bunbury is now throwing at speeds of 55-60 mph, but when she signed on to Fox’s Pitch to play Ginny Baker – a history-making female baseball pitcher – the actress had never even stepped on a diamond.

Pitch, the first-ever Major League Baseball-centric TV series, follows Baker, a young female pitcher who becomes the inaugural woman drafted into the league. While athletic, Bunbury, 27, tells PEOPLE she had no prior experience in America’s favorite pastime.

“I had never played baseball before, so I was training about three or four days a week,” Bunbury tells PEOPLE at the Paley Center for Media’s 10th Annual PaleyFest Fall TV Previews in Beverly Hills on Thursday. She adds, “But I grew up in an athletic family. My dad played and my brother currently plays professional soccer, so I’m athletic. So it was a little bit easier for me to tap into it.”

Bunbury’s training for her onscreen role as a member of the real-life San Diego Padres included time with a coach learning the sport and the mechanics of pitching, as well as game viewings. The process, she says, was immersive.

“I definitely had to live like a pro athlete, so I am doing like epsom salt baths, I’m icing myself, eating well,” she says. “The biggest thing is the workout. I was boxing as well. Three to four days a week I was boxing, three or four days a week I was pitching… Real deal over here.”

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The role is generating serious girl-power vibes, and has Bunbury feeling like “it’s the woman’s time now.”

“To be a part of that movement is really special and I don’t take any of it for granted,” the Twisted alum tells PEOPLE. “I take it seriously. We’re very capable of a lot of things and I think we are showing that in this show.”

Still, Bunbury says, Baker is as “vulnerable” as she is strong: “We’re not just one thing. We’re multidimensional.”

Pitch is slated to premiere Sept. 22 on Fox.