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Latina Actress Eiza González Talks About Her Non-Negotiable for Future Romantic Partners: ‘They Must Attend Therapy

Latina Actress Eiza González Talks About Her Non-Negotiable for Future Romantic Partners: ‘They Must Attend Therapy’ 
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She’s graced the silver screen with her captivating performances in blockbusters like “Baby Driver” and “Ambulance,” but Eiza González isn’t just a Hollywood starlet. The Mexican actress is also an open book when it comes to matters of the heart. 

In a recent interview with InStyle magazine, the 34-year-old actress peeled back the layers of her love life, diving into her past experiences and how they’ve shaped her current perspective on relationships. 

González revealed that she has a specific condition for her future partners: they must have attended therapy. But why has this become her new non-negotiable, and what led her to this revelation?  

The Latina star’s stance on therapy is crystal clear: “If you haven’t been to therapy, I won’t date you.” However, she wasn’t always so certain. González admitted to once resisting therapy, particularly during her youth, partly due to the difficulty of discussing her feelings and the lingering impact of her father’s tragic death. Over time, however, her perception shifted, especially as she realized the introspective work was essential for both acting and personal growth.  

For the Mexico City-born star, therapy is a tool for confronting traumas and it’s also a vital foundation for building healthy relationships. “Therapy is completely normal! The preconceived negative notion about therapy seems absurd to me,” she emphasized, highlighting the importance of mental health. 

That’s why, as González herself confirmed, she resumed therapy at the age of 20 and hasn’t looked back since. 

What Led Eiza González to This Mentality?

Reflecting on her adolescence, González recalled a significantly painful event: discovering, through a magazine cover, that her then-boyfriend had filmed an intimate video with another woman. This revelation served as a turning point, inspiring her to seek positive change and focus on her career and personal well-being. 

The actress underscored the crucial role of her mother, Glenda Reyna, in her healing process and how, despite the pain, this moment opened doors in the United States, gradually allowing her to establish herself in the film industry. Despite achieving professional success, González hinted that her love life hasn’t been smooth sailing since that episode. She shared how, in her quest for love, she’s gone to extremes like taking red-eye flights for just 24 hours with someone or staying on FaceTime all night. 

“I’m telling you: when I fall in love, I fall deeply, and it’s hard for me to get over it,” she explained about her approach to relationships. “I dive in and give it my all. I’m not going to do anything halfway,” she detailed, highlighting a facet of herself that she says becomes more complex as the years go by. 

The Latino Community Is Starting to Warm Up to Mental Health

In Latino communities, mental health has long been viewed with skepticism and often regarded as taboo, particularly among older generations. For a long time, any mention of psychological help or intervention was seen as “cosas de locos.” Families, if they acknowledged mental health issues at all, would often dismiss them as mere “nervios,” a term that often obscured proper diagnosis and treatment by mental health professionals. Consequently, there was a pervasive lack of education and awareness on the subject, with some individuals resorting to risky behaviors like self-medicating with unprescribed Xanax to alleviate their “nervios.”  

However, a significant shift is underway as younger Latinos increasingly recognize the benefits of therapy and actively seek to destigmatize it. With a growing understanding of the importance of mental well-being, younger generations are spearheading efforts to break down barriers and foster open conversations about mental health within their communities. 

It’s good to know that more people within the Latino community, such as Eiza González, are openly talking about therapy. This will turn the needle in the right direction and allow others to seek mental health help, should they need it. (But let’s be real, everyone can use therapy nowadays.)

Taking care of your mental health should be as important as your physical health – in fact, it can be lifesaving for many.  

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