Why do you keep fit?
Obviously I'm an actress, so the way you look is important for the roles you want to play, especially for a lead role. You have to maintain a look. And emotionally, [exercising] keeps me in a better state. It helps me release negative energy when I go sweat.
What's your workout routine?
It varies. When I'm in the zone, I go five times a week: spinning, shadowboxing and doing The Bar Method, which is for strength based on ballet and yoga. Spinning is my most common [activity], and I do it for 45 minutes. Boxing is for an hour, and Bar Method is an hour. I don't do weightlifting. Bar Method is what I go to for my muscles.
Do you do any recreational activities that are fitness related?
I live in Los Angeles so every once in a while I go hiking like everyone else here.
Are you physically active on your TV shows?
I did a role on [NBC's] "Chase," where I played a fugitive on the run. I did a lot of running through the woods, a stunt jumping off a cliff, shooting people. It was definitely physically active.
Does your acting lifestyle make it easy or tough to keep in shape?
My schedule varies a lot, so it's hard to find [workout] classes. And I tend to have a lot of visitors, so you tend to go out and eat and drink a little more. So when that happens, I try to walk everywhere, be active some way. It's hard to sneak in the routine. That's definitely something I'm learning how to balance.
Did you play any sports in school?
I did ballet for 10 years, was a cheerleader and was on the dance team. Cheerleading is definitely a sport. I joined cheerleading for fun in high school, and it was way more intense than I'd realized. I went to Our Lady of Lourdes Academy and was a cheerleader for [Christopher Columbus High School in Miami].
When I was younger I used to water ski and went to sailing camp in Coconut Grove.
Do you have a personal fitness philosophy?
If I can release negativity while I'm doing it, that's great.
Does your family keep fit?
My two sisters are definitely active. And my dad. He lives in San Juan, [Puerto Rico], and swims and jogs around San Juan. And my sisters jog in Tropical Park. I hate jogging but we live close to Tropical Park so sometimes I go with them. Both of them did a half-marathon.
What's your typical daily diet?
I like to do all my shopping at the farmers market and try to eat organic fruits and vegetables, fish. That's during the week. And during the weekend, I like to splurge. I definitely eat more sweets, go to brunch with friends and don't worry what I'm eating. I love to go out to dinner with friends and have a bottle of wine, so I let myself go.
I try to figure it all out, a balance with fitness, but I'm still figuring it out.
What do you drink typically?
A lot of water. I don't have a problem with water. I try for 3 liters a day, room temperature. I don't drink soda or juices. Every once in a while I'll have a fresh-squeezed juice. And red wine. I keep it very biblical.
Do you take any vitamins or sports nutrition products?
A women's multivitamin, and I take a tablespoon of flaxseed oil because it's good for your skin. And I recently discovered an acidophilus probiotics thing for your stomach.
Where did you acquire your fitness and nutrition knowledge?
Definitely not from my family. I think, honestly, living in L.A. you can't help but be surrounded by all these health gurus, and all your friends have worked with a nutritionist so it becomes a way of life. You try things and see how your body reacts.