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Luis Gerardo Méndez On How Failure Is a Part of Success, the Enemy in Our Head, Living Life in a Hurry, and the Exercise Routine That Keeps Him Fit

Interview: Robert Piper

Robert Piper: How do you stay healthy?

Luis Gerardo Méndez: I exercise three or four times a week. I try to stay outdoors, going to the park with a personal trainer; we do HIIT, TRX, etc. If I’m in LA, I sometimes surf, and I like running or cycling by the beach. I eat everything except dairy, but if I’m filming, I stay on a really strict alkaline diet.

RP: What is the hardest obstacle you’ve had to overcome in your life?

LGM: Myself. I think sometimes your worst enemy is inside your head. All your insecurities, your ego, your fears, your expectations. It’s a lifetime
effort, trying to understand the way our minds work, and make it work in your favor and not against you. It took a lot of time for me to understand that I’m not competing against anybody but myself. The most important thing for me to succeed in is day by day becoming a better and more prepared person.

RP: How do you deal with overcoming failure?

LGM: I try to learn the most I can from every mistake. I try to recover quickly and, most importantly, I have learned that failure is a part of success; it’s part of the learning curve. Sometimes you have to walk that road to achieve big things.

RP: What’s the best advice you could give someone about life?

LGM: My whole life I have been in a hurry, like running fast after a goal, and now I realize it’s nice to sometimes slow down a little bit and enjoy the ride.

RP: What projects are you currently working on?
LGM: I’m starring in the first Spanish Netflix original series, Club de Cuervos. It’s a dramedy about everything that happens in the world of soccer on the management level. A story about family, egos, and, most of all, about what happens when power ends up in the wrong hands. My character, Chava Iglesias, is the new president of the team Cuervos de Nuevo Toledo. He is a playboy with no experience but very hungry for fame and glory. Club de Cuervos is a satiric take on class and gender politics in Mexico, among other things. I’m really happy to be part of this show.

Luis Gerardo Méndez is an actor and producer who can currently be seen in Netflix’s Club de Cuervos.

PHOTO: Leo Manzo

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