In the new issue of Shape, Eiza González, currently starring in Godzilla vs. Kong, reveals that she not only embraces her body—cellulite and all—but celebrates it. "So happy to share the May issue for Shape," she captioned a photo of the magazine's cover on Instagram. "We spoke about how the fat on my hip is my favorite part of my body and why I feel sexier than ever when I see my thighs and butt jiggle. Something I never felt in my 20s. A self love journey to womanhood." Read on for 5 key takeaways from the Shape interview, and to see the splashy red swimsuit she wears on the cover.
She Embraces Her Body
González exudes self-confidence—but she wasn't always so embracing of her body. "Maybe four years ago, I went on a trip with my then boyfriend and got photographed by paparazzi at the beach. You could see cellulite on my leg in the photos, and I was so embarrassed," she confessed to Shape. "Now I feel so sexy when I see my cellulite or my butt — that it's big, with little dimples. I feel so sexy just having a jiggle, or when I sit and my legs create that little fat on the side of my hip. I really do. I feel like a woman, I can move my body, and it makes me feel really empowered, something that I never would have felt in my 20s."
She Trains Hard
González is a fan of traditional weight and interval training. "This body needs to be happy by exercising, because I feel so good when I exercise. I go between three workouts," she said to Shape. "I do a lot of weight lifting with high weight, low reps — that's something that this Latina butt needs to get toned. I'm also training for a movie"—she's starring in Michael Bay's Ambulance with Jake Gyllenhaal—"by doing a lot of intervals: cardio mixed with movement."
She Has One Cheat Day Per Week
González has one major diet trick: one dedicated cheat day per week. "One day a week, I eat whatever I want. That's my one rule," she said to Shape. "I'll eat brownies. I'll eat pizza. I'll eat all the foods I want to eat because that's what this body needs to be happy."
She Cooks Her Own Food
She also fuels her body with food cooked by her own hands. "This past year, I started finding new recipes and trying to learn how to cook. That really motivated me. I realized that I'm cleaning my system from the inside out, and it really began to show. It was beautiful because I've never felt as healthy as I feel right now," she admitted to Shape.
She Also Does Pilates
González is also a fan of this celeb-endorsed workout. "I swear by Pilates, and I die by Pilates," she told the magazine. "It works out muscles that I don't work out ever. Like this little one…between my fourth and sixth left ribs."
For more from González, see the full interview at Shape.