"There is nothing different or strange about having anxiety."
And recently, she shared a clip on Instagram of her posing for a 10-second portrait filmed in LA by her photographer friend Anton Soggiu, featuring her makeup-free and in casual clothes.
In the caption, Rodriguez wrote: "It's always great to be in front of his lens but this time it was just me. Bare and exposed in the streets of LA. No makeup. No styling. Just me."
She went on to talk about her experience with anxiety—something that affects roughly 3.3 million American adults every year, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
“I suffer from anxiety," she explained. "And watching this clip I could see how anxious I was but I empathize with myself. I wanted to protect her and tell her it’s ok to be anxious, there is nothing different or strange about having anxiety and I will prevail. I like watching this video. It makes me uncomfortable but there is a freedom I feel maybe even an acceptance. This is me. Puro Gina.”
Rodriguez is one of many celebrities who have talked openly about their anxiety. Kristen Bell, Kendall Jenner, and Selena Gomez have all gone public to share that anxiety is something they suffer from, stressing that it is nothing to be ashamed of.
Previously, Rodriguez has spoken out about her struggles with body acceptance. In 2015, she revealed in an Instagram caption that she has Hashimoto's disease, an autoimmune condition that affects the thyroid and can cause chronic fatigue and weight gain.
"As a woman with Hashimoto's, my struggle with health and weight and body acceptance in this industry has been a loving, painful, growing, exposing, vulnerable and incredible journey," Rodriguez wrote. "And to come to a place where I love the skin I am in and it isn't defined by anyone's expectations or limitations is beyond freeing. I love this picture because I feel like young Gina finally made herself her own hero."
Here's hoping more women will open up about the health issues they suffer from so we can start to dissolve the stigmas associated with them.