Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez is featured in the October 2017 issue of Shape.
“I’m the strongest I’ve ever been,” says Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez, 33. “Doing Muay Thai taught me so much about my body. Now I view it as an engine that keeps me active and healthy.”
This way of thinking has been a revelation for Gina, who was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease—an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the thyroid and causes symptoms such as fatigue and muscle pain—right after she filmed the pilot for Jane. Once she started practicing Muay Thai regularly, however, “I felt very stealthy and quick,” Gina says. “It was an amazing transformation.”
The extra energy she gets from pushing her body is powering up the rest of her life too. In addition to working on Jane, Gina is shooting a movie in Mexico and is the voice of Una in the animated film Ferdinand, which is out in December. Add to that the role of CEO and president of her own production company. “I’m living my dream,” she says. “I want to say to women who are reading this story, try anything you want. You’re strong and durable.”
For more Gina Rodriguez, including some seriously badass fighting pics, pick up the October issue of Shape on newsstands now.
Jane the Virgin premieres October 13 on the CW.
Photography: Nino Muñoz