Q: The tagline of your fashion line is "Work what you got." How can we work what weve got?
A: Everybody has something. Somebody has a good pair of legs, even though her midsection is a little chunky. So then you can wear tights with miniskirts or you wear tight leggings. And if you have nice cleavage, wear things that enhance that.
Q: Was there a time you didntlove how you looked?
A: Oh, of course! Not everybodys confident their whole life. For a long time, I thought that my boobs were too big and I was, like, 14 years old, and I already had these huge boobs. I was very skinny also. And now that Im almost 40we always have our insecurities as women. Were never happy!
Q: Can you remember the day you started realizing, "Wait a minute, I think Ive got it going on!"
A: In Latin America we do learn to be more comfortable with our bodies. Women are not shy to be in a bathing suit, in a G-string. But I also did a TV commercial for Pepsi when I was 17 on the beach in a bathing suit. And after that, everybody was like, "Oh my god, that body." And you know, you start to feel a little bit more confident if you have people thinking that youre so fabulous! [Laughs]
Q: I guess it helps to have a cheerleading squad.
Of course, of course! When I moved to America, I was more voluptuous, and I felt a little different. And one time, years ago, I remember my publicist [at the time] told me, "I think you should just reduce your boobs because nobodys going to take you seriously here." My mother almost had a heart attack. She was like, "God is going to punish you! You cant cut your boobs!" I dont regret not doing it, because now its become a big part of Gloria.
Q: What made you realize, "Im going to keep my body the way it is"?
A: My mother screaming at me that God was gonna punish mewhat else do you want! [Laughing]
Q: Oh, right, that would do it! Are you anti–plastic surgery in general?
A: Im not against it at all. But I think that you should go into it more thinking that you want to look beautiful than trying to look young. Because I dont really think that plastic surgery can make you look young. It can make you look prettier, but if you go with the mentality of being young, I think thats where accidents can happen.
A: Yeah, about five years ago I was auditioning with this body and the attitude of a Latin woman, and it didnt match the stereotype of the Latin women in Hollywood. I made it dark for a screen test and everybody really liked it. They didnt give me the movie, but I kept the hair color!
Q: Do you ever feel like people stereotype you?
A: Oh yeah, of course. But I dont mind it. I mean, it is the reality. I am a Latin woman: Im voluptuous, Im loud, Im exactly what a Latin woman is [laughs]. I mean, what am I going to go against it? No. I dont think theres anything bad in being a Latin woman. What is it? That we are loud, that we are passionate, that we are voluptuous? I prefer to be called that than, "Youre boring; you have a flat ass!" [Laughs]
Q: Do you have any stay gorgeous tricks that arent from a bottle?
A: My mother always told me to make the last water in your shower really cold. Ive always done it.
Q: How are you most healthy? And not so healthy?
A: I dont smoke, Ive never done drugs. I think the most unhealthy thing is that Im obsessed with dessert. And its verrry hard for me not to eat it at least once a day.
Q: What are your favorites?
A: All of em. I mean, I cannot…its like you saying, "Which one of your kids is your favorite?" I cant do that! Oh….God…[her voice is wavering like its Sophies Choice] its so difficult. Tiramisu maybe? Or just a plain vanilla cake thats homemade and warm and just out of the oven? I love that.
Q: You talked to Health a few years ago about how you beat thyroid cancer in 2000. How does going through a health scare at such a young age change you?
A: It changes your priorities. Its a good thing when it comes out with a happy ending because it does make you appreciate things more. But, you know, you live your life as healthy as you can. I was twentysomething and I had never smoked, I hadnt eaten red meat in years, so why did I have a cancer? No one knows.
Q: Whats your biggest health regret?
A: You know what I wish? My face is so much better, because Ive been putting sunblock since I was young on my face. Nobody ever told me that I needed to put it in my decolletage! And so it is more sun-damaged than my face. It wouldnt have been difficult to put a little bit there.
Q: Is it true youre not afan of gyms?
A: Just working out! [Laughs] Its paaaaaainful. I hired Gunnar Peterson, which is really fun. Because I mean, if I go alone, Ill sabotage myself. Ill do half of the workout. So I need somebody to force me to do it.
Q: Do you complain thewhole time or do you justshut up and do it?
A: Ohhh, the whooooole time!I cry, I get on the floor, Im like,"Im gonna throw up, enough!" I mean, he doesnt care.
Q: How do you motivate yourself to work out if youre too tired?
A: Oh my God, I look at myself inthe mirror. And Im like, Im almost 40 years old and I need to go!
Q: So seeing your face inthe mirror is justinspiration enough?
A: No, Im more looking at my ass! [Laughs] Or my legs, not my face!
Q: What is your favoriteway to de-stress?
A: To be with my son and my boyfriend [Nick Loeb], just doing nothing. And I love lunches with my friendsjust talking and gossiping.