Whether your biggest health struggle is with body confidence, exercising when you’re away from home or finding the right birth control for your needs—you’re not alone. , the star of the hit show —talks about her health challenges and a new campaign she’s working on to help women take control of their sexual health.
Q: What has working on This is Us taught you about yourself?
It’s further shown how much I love being a part of a team. When I first started out and was in the music business, so much weight and responsibility rested on my shoulders. But when I moved to film and TV, it really is about teamwork. It’s lovely to see the response the show has gotten, but there are so many people involved. It takes this big group of 200 individuals to make it work and I feel like part of a family. We have our grips and lighting and sound and it doesn’t work if one group doesn’t show up that day.
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Q: What’s the best health advice you’ve ever received?
I don’t know. I’m a big proponent of listening to my gut and my intuition. I’m pretty good at going to the doctor. I go to the doctor and the gynecologist once a year. I’m quick to go if something’s wrong. I’m not someone who is like, “I’m sick and I’m going to wait a few days to see if it passes.”
Q: If there’s one breakfast you had to eat every day, what would it be?
I might have to go with a smoothie situation where you throw together what’s in the kitchen. Or plain old eggs and turkey bacon is my go-to order at work.
Q: How has birth control changed your life?
At this point, birth control is something that’s factoring in because I’m pretty laser-focused on my career and I just . That won’t necessarily be the case always. is all about encouraging women to talk to their doctors to figure out what their options are and if they have questions to go to the website.
Q: How do you squeeze in exercise when traveling?
It’s a difficult conundrum. I’m a big proponent of walking. It’s difficult in LA, but it’s a great way to explore a new city. I like having that sense of adventure. I also just try to pack my running shoes and squeeze in a workout at the gym if my hotel has one or even finding a park. I’m not always the best at it. I have the best intentions, but sometimes I just enjoy the trip and put the pedal to the metal when I get home.
Bonus Q: Do you have a favorite outfit to work out in?
Honestly, I used to cover myself up when I worked out. The older I am, the more confident I’ve gotten. I’m still not a shorts proponent, but I used to work out in T-shirts and now I like a sleeveless shirt and some leggings. Put on a cute little sleeveless top and you do feel strong. I should be able to show off my shoulders!
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