10 Questions for Selenis Leyva

Medically Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD on February 23, 2017
3 min read

I think you’ll definitely see what happens when people feel injustice. Do we stick together? Do we continue fighting the powers-that-be segregated, or do we unite?

It really has been life changing. I’ve been an actress for 20-plus years and ... I never in a million years thought that I would be part of something like this.

When I went to a performing arts high school, I was made to feel that there was something wrong with me for having curves. That brought up a lot of insecurities.

I try to make sure that my daughter gets that beauty is not just when you look at yourself in the mirror and think, “Wow! I have great cheekbones.” No, beauty comes from within and we should nurture that.

This industry is all about waiting for the next gig, being told you’re not good enough, being rejected. So when you have a different outlet, for me it’s the best thing that could have happened.

I saw her at such an early age -- at 17, 18 -- begin her transition, when that was not something that was talked about. And when I saw that she, even with all those obstacles, said, “I am who I am. I’m going to step out of the house today as who I was born to be” -- that to me was so courageous.

I work with the Stonewall Community Foundation. I’ve been working with The Anti-Violence Project. I’m going to set up a tour where I’m going to visit a lot of facilities that cater to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth community.

To be part of the Marvel world is incredible. I play Ms. Warren. She’s the physics teacher. In the comic books she’s Mr. Warren. I love the fact that they made her a woman and gave it to a Latina actress.

Everything in moderation makes me happy. I make sure I exercise just enough, I eat just enough, and if I need to have a drink every once in a while, I do so.

When my daughter climbs into bed and the cat and the dog do the same. And they’re all just there. I look around and I think, “I’m really lucky.”

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