Gina Rodriguez is empowering herself through fitness.
The 33-year-old actress covers the October issue of Shape magazine, hitting newsstands on Sept. 12, where she opens up about her evolving relationship with her body.
“As a result, my body changed immediately. I couldn’t fit into certain clothes, and I was a little curvier,” she adds. “Before, I would have beaten myself up. But my boyfriend gave me some great advice. He said, ‘Don’t be angry with your body—it changed because your routine shifted.’ And that was like a gift.”
“I’ve got to embrace the fact that when I’m shooting Jane, I can’t work out as much. My body is going to look different, and that’s OK. I’m not willing to wring the joy from my life to kill myself in the gym,” she says.
Earlier this year, Rodriguez and her production company, I Can And I Will Productions, signed an overall deal with CBS Television Studios. Under the multi-year deal, Rodriguez will develop a wide range of projects centered around the Latino community.
“I’m living my dream,” she says about her career. “I want to say to women who are reading this story, try anything you want. You’re strong and durable."
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