Gina Rodriguez Opens Up About Managing Her Hashimoto's Disease for 'Health' September 2016
Here’s what the 32-year-old Jane the Virgin star had to share with the mag:
On managing her Hashimoto’s Disease: “If I can at least walk for 30 minutes a day, it’s extremely helpful for my thyroid gland. Running, boxing, jump rope and hitting the heavy bag are my workout constants. It’s always been a battle for me with weight…. It actually became a blessing because then I got to represent not only women and Latinas but also women who are dealing with this disease. I’m gluten-free, which is the most difficult thing in the world because, like Oprah, I love bread!”
On what she was like in high school: “I looked like a little boy. I didn’t get my period until I was 16. I went to school with all the wealthy kids, and I was on financial aid, and they all seemed to grow up a lot quicker than I did. So it was difficult. These kids had Mercedes at 16. It was surreal to think, ‘Why isn’t this my life?’ But it made me work harder because I wanted it, too, and I knew I was gonna be able to get it: ‘Oh, this is not my life, but it will be one day.’”
When she feels sexiest: “When I’m making people laugh, I feel like a little sex goddess.”
For more on Gina, visit Health.com.