Eiza González Gets Real About Mental Health Struggles


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. “I go to therapy, which I am so open about because even though I didn’t do well [with therapy] when I was younger, I continued to find the right type of therapy for myself. Therapy is something that is super important to me — mental health is super important to me,” she said.

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.

“At the minimum, I have had the ovaries to accept everything I do,” González tweeted back in 2014. “I don’t have a double moral like the majority, like the time I admitted that I had a nose job. Do you know how many people a day have that intervention? They don’t even live off of their image and I am not saying that I didn’t do it like many people.”
At the time she was known for her debut work as Lola Valente in the Mexican musical telenovela Lola, érase una vez and in the same Twitter thread she called out those who mentioned her weight loss reminding them it had been seven years since the show debuted. “I broke into the industry when I was 12 [years old], and you know how brutal people can be with child stars,” she told The Coveteur.
“How funny that people think they offend me when they tell me I was fat in ‘Lola,'” she tweeted. “Get over it! That was 7 years ago. Do you think people don’t grow? I don’t need to go under the knife to not have cheeks and to look how I do. It’s called maturing, growing, losing weight and I die to see your photos at 16. For sure I will only see models. We all have bad stages, the only difference is that nobody exposes you and you didn’t grow in the public eye.”
Now she’s telling the publication that she’s immersed herself in therapy to have a better understanding of her trauma and how to cope with it. “I’m very [connected] with my body — I’m always curious of how I can understand more. I have this incredible guy that I’ve worked with for a while, who does my blood work and teaches me how to feed myself and be more balanced. [He finds what] I’m lacking or what chemicals I’m putting in my body that are bad. I’m always in constant awe of the discovery of what your own body can do, so I’m very self-aware in my skin, and I listen to my body. I feel anxiety, so that has helped me a lot to sort of manage it,” she explained.

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.”

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