Andrea Navedo

How Difficult Times Make You Stronger

Andrea Navedo didn’t get to see many positive portrayals of Latinas in the media growing up. So when she had the chance to play a starring role on Jane the Virgin, a role that cast her as a complex, flawed, and genuine Latina single mother, she jumped all over the opportunity. Now she focuses on making the most of her ability to influence and inspire others who grew up the same way she did. On this episode of Women of Impact with Lisa Bilyeu, Andrea Navedo tells her story of surviving abusive relationships, dealing with endless rejection, and eventually triumphing in the entertainment industry. She also talks about how to listen compassionately to your own internal dialogue, discusses why fame and validation did not make her feel better about herself, and explains why she never plays the victim.



Andrea and Lisa discuss the pressure to fit in and reject your own culture [3:51]

Andrea explains why she needed to see positive role models on TV as a youth [6:59]

Andrea used to believe that being an actress was a very selfish career [10:39]

Andrea talks about being in an abusive relationship and why she eventually left [13:31]

How to listen to the internal family dialogue in your own mind [17:28]

There is an essential part of you that is pure and doesn’t need fixing [20:21]

Andrea talks about her first acting gig on a soap opera [24:15]

Andrea explains why she needed to take a temporary break from acting [30:09]

Andrea feels she has a responsibility to inspire people who are similar to her [36:33]

The curated, money-driven images you see of celebrities are pretty much BS [39:20]

Fame, money and validation did not help Andrea feel better about herself [41:00]

Why you should not numb out the emotions that you feel [44:10]

It doesn’t matter what other people say about you. It matters what you say about you [45:36]

Andrea explains why she never plays the victim [47:29]












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