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Maranda Pleasant: What makes you come alive or inspires you?

Betsy Landín: For me, it is being close to nature, either by the beach or near the ocean. When I look around and see how small I am in comparison to all that surrounds me, it fuels me.

MP: What makes you feel vulnerable?

BL: As actors, we have to be able to keep ourselves open to feel, and that’s a life lesson I think many people don’t get a chance to learn. In my personal life, I’ve learned to carry this lesson with me. Many people see vulnerability as weakness when it’s the only way to truly grow and truly love. Love makes me feel vulnerable. It’s like saying, “I’m an open book. Here are my flaws, my strengths, where I fall short, my dreams—and I’m choosing to share them with you.”

MP: If you could say something to everyone on the planet, what would it be?

BL: “If everyone chose love, this world would be magnificent. Always choose love.”

MP: How do you handle emotional pain?

BL: Talking to someone, meditating, praying, or just plain crying it out helps. The most important thing after doing any of these things is to let them go. I focus on all of the many blessings surrounding me and all those I love, instead.

MP: How do you keep your center in the middle of chaos? Do you have a daily routine?

BL: My pups are the first to keep me in a morning routine, but I also take time to pray and read the daily devotional book Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. I also take time to work out by going to Bikram Yoga five to six times a week and hiking. Eating healthy and keeping hydrated does wonders; it centers my mood and helps me keep a sharp mind.

MP: What’s been one of your biggest lessons so far in life?

BL: Everything happens for a reason, and sometimes, that might be difficult to understand, especially when things don’t go the way we plan or expect. If we choose to see things positively and trust in God, he will fulfill his purpose in our lives.

MP: What truth do you know for sure?

BL: As Leo Buscaglia once said, “The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be.”

MP: What causes or organizations are you passionate about?

BL: I’m working alongside my friend Dr. Juli Goldstein on the Stryder Cancer Foundation, whose mission is to provide emotional and financial support to animals and their humans during diagnosis and treatment of canine cancer. Later this year, I’m also hoping to get the opportunity to go to Africa to work with a local orphanage. It’s been something that has been in my heart for a long time.

MP: Tell me about your latest projects.

BL: I’m so happy to be back as Kat in Dolphin Tale 2! The movie opens nationwide September 12. I also got to work on this season’s Ray Donovan.

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