Mexican singer and actress Eiza González has been slowly making a name for herself in Hollywood and in a recent interview with The Coveteur to promote her upcoming film Hobbs & Shaw (of the Fast & the Furious franchise) she opened up about her struggles with mental health. After sharing that therapy as a teen following her dad’s death wasn’t very helpful, she opened up about how effective it’s been for her now that she’s older.
This approach to self-care comes after years of bullying, which she’s addressed in the past when she was attacked on social media by trolls criticizing her body image.
This attention to her body and how she’s treating it is a significant shift from how she handled her diet in the past having previously shared in an Instagram post that she was a compulsive eater battling depression following her father’s death from the time she was 15 till she was 20 years old.
As a public figure, she’s had to deal with her fair share of scrutiny when it comes to her physical appearance as well as her relationships. She garnered negative attention when photos of her making out with Liam Hemsworth were released a day after his split with Miley Cyrus was confirmed over.
She shared with The Coveteur that she has no intention of sharing details about her personal life especially in the face of rumors because “there are always lies and speculation, and even more if you don’t give in, because it feeds it; it makes them mad.”
Instead, González is putting her energy into uplifting other women and considering how few Latinas are represented on the screen, it’s this show of support that helps other women of color in Hollywood.
“I was raised by a woman who was very sure of who she was and never felt like competing, so she never really embedded that in me. It excites me to see other women strive and kill the game, and I think that the more we elevate each other, the more we can really have a sense of success,” she told the magazine.
Some of her high-profile projects include the 2017 film Baby Driver with Ansel Elgort where she played Darling and the Robert Rodriguez’s television series, From Dusk till Dawn: The Series, where she played Santanico Pandemonium, a role which Salma Hayek made famous in the original film. She recently wrapped Godzilla vs. King Kong and she’s set to start in Paradise Hills with Awkwafina and Emma Roberts later this year.
With all this success, she’s also had to deal with stereotypes about Latinas in the industry and she opened up about her efforts to counteract that.
“I know that the industry has changed and all that, but there’s still this idea that if you’re from Mexico, you can’t speak perfect English or all these stereotypes that stuck with me,” she said. “That made me really motivated to start choosing characters that would broadcast Latinos under a different light and not necessarily this typical stereotype.”