Gina Rodriguez Opens Up About Her ‘Horrendous’ Anxiety Battle And Being A ‘Broke, Starving Artist’ Before ‘Jane The Virgin’

Gina Rodriguez discusses everything from her battle with anxiety to her humble beginnings as an actress in a new interview with Cosmopolitan magazine.

The 34-year-old admits she was a “broke, starving artist for years” before she got her part on “Jane the Virgin”.

She shares, “It’s interesting. As a performer, you have to quite literally bury your life. At the same time, every day on-set I’m like, ‘How the hell did I get this lucky?’ To live out your dreams is a really surreal experience.”

Rodriguez adds of her battle with panic attacks, “The anxiety started coming, like, two years into ‘Jane’. I had my first panic attack at a sushi restaurant. All of a sudden, I thought I was going to die, and people are taking pictures. It was horrendous.”

Credit: Jason Kim
Credit: Jason Kim

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“There are a lot of things in the manual of living out your dreams that you don’t know about. Like you don’t have any more friends. You never go out to eat. You never see your family, your boyfriend, girlfriend, or whatever you have….”

Rodriguez also talks about her fiancé, actor Joe LoCicero, admitting she never put herself first before meeting the one.

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She says, “For so long, I put every man in front of me. As a successful woman, it is so hard because of our cultural norms that, like, the man has to be the breadwinner! And the man has to be the more powerful one.”

“It was so difficult for me to find a man who didn’t want me to dim my light for his ego.”

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