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Interview: Robert Piper

Robert Piper: What is the hardest obstacle you have had to overcome in your life?

Andrea Navedo: I grew up on welfare in the South Bronx; I had a very tough upbringing in that neighborhood. Reading books like The Four Agreements, A Return to Love, and The Power of Now helped me to overcome many internal battles. Had I not worked on myself, put value in myself, I would not have the loving and supportive people that I have right now in my life, including my husband and children. My life would be a reflection of my childhood, but it isn’t; it is a reflection of the dreams that I had as a child for a better life. When I look around and see the beautiful people and wonderful surroundings that are now my reality, I know that I have overcome so much. I still have plenty of fight left in me.

RP: What inspires you?

AN: I am inspired by positive people who have overcome difficult obstacles, motivational/spiritual books, nature, and my kids.

RP: How do you stay healthy?

AN: I try to get seven to eight hours of sleep. Wash my hands a lot, take a few supplements, like omega-3 and vitamin D. When I feel a cold coming on, I pop some zinc. I do my best to eat a low-sodium, high-fiber diet. I drink mostly water or coconut water. I don’t smoke, no drugs, and drink red wine occasionally.

RP: How do you stay balanced?

AN: To stay balanced, I exercise by walking and taking private Pilates lessons and salsa dance lessons. I also meditate and spend quality time with my kids by baking or doing crafts, hiking, going to the theater and movies.

RP: What projects are you currently working on?

AN: I am a series regular on the Golden Globe-nominated show Jane the Virgin, on The CW. Also, this year, I have a movie due in the theaters called Superfast! It’s a spoof on The Fast and the Furious; I play the Michelle Rodriguez character. And out now on DVD is a movie called Once upon a Time in Queens in which I play opposite Paul Sorvino.

Andrea Navedo is a series regular on Jane the Virgin and has appeared in Law & Order, Remember Me, and Washington Heights.

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