Exclusive Interview: Regina King Doesn’t Disappoint

February 4, 2011  |  

We want to talk about ‘Southland’ and its success, being picked up for its third season. We understand who Lydia is at this point, how do you relate to her?

I think media is representing such a huge group of women that were born in the 60’s and 70’s, that are independent women, super, super successful women, but in order to obtain that level of success they’ve given up other things. One thing first and foremost is nurturing a relationship with a partner. I think Lydia just represents so many women and that’s something that’s not a color thing. It’s a female thing. And I think that’s what’s special about playing her is being able to play some people that I know.

So switching gears a little bit, we’ve heard you say that you got your arms from your father. What’s your workout routine? How do you maintain the balance of making sure your arms are toned but not body-builder toned?

It’s kind of rough. If I do work them out, they do start get really big. That’s like totally opposite from any direction that most women would be trying to go. I do, from time to time, make sure that I can still do at 3 sets of 20 regular push ups. At this point it’s more important for me to maintain my  strength as opposed to trying build my body.

I’m always constantly trying to build my legs. My legs are smaller, so that’s one of things I’m focusing on in the gym. I’m always doing squats and leg presses. I think all women have that part of their body; where that’s their weak spot. For me it’s my legs.

Has your role in ‘Southland’ influenced or increased your work out routine?

I ran track in high school, so I’ve always been athletic. I never was the girl that sat on the sideline. I always wanted to play.

Once I started consciously saying ‘Oh my God I gotta go to the gym’ it was after I had my son. So if you would date it back to a certain place that I started working out so that my body would look a certain way, it would be about 15 years ago because I had to get 40 pounds off. But prior to that, weight or being fit was never really an issue. It was never something I had to think about or go to the gym to do.

Your body changes once you have kids and your body changes the older you get, especially for women. And depending on genetics or your culture or your ancestral beginnings, we have different places that are problems for us.

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