Latina actress and vegan/animal activist Justina Adorno, stars in the bold and provocative ABC drama series “Grand Hotel”, opposite Roselyn Sanchez and Academy Award-nominee Demian Bichir; where she plays ‘Yoli,’ the black sheep daughter of the extravagant Mendoza family who owns the luxurious Miami Beach (Riviera) Grand Hotel.
Justina is a woman who fuels, drives, and propels game-changing vegan and animal-rights initiatives. She leads a purely vegan life and prides herself on being a fantastic chef. While living in NYC, she volunteered at local animal shelters and organizations such as Little Wanderers NYC and Animal Lighthouse Rescue NYC. Although a plant-based diet might seem daunting, her Instagram account – @justinaveganjourney – shows how there’s inspiration everywhere by showing how creative a vegan diet can be.
Women Fitness joins Justina in an intriguing conversation about her vegan journey, fitness favourites and lots more, right below!
You star in the bold and provocative ABC summer drama “Grand Hotel”. What was it like to work with such a diverse cast? What was it like to work on a set with Eva Longoria?
It was super refreshing to work with a diverse cast because it felt like home. My family is very diverse; we have a range of ethnicities, ages, sexual orientation – you name it. I grew up functioning better in a diverse type of environment, so I feel comfortable and open to do my best work on set.
It’s all happening because of Eva. It’s been incredible working with her. She is very inspiring, and she is proof that you can do it all in the right ways and make a difference. She is one of my biggest role models now and I am so grateful that I met her.
Your love for acting landed you some great roles, one of them being a crime drama on Netflix and now “Grand Hotel.” What factors attracted you towards acting?
What attracted me to acting was several things but mainly it was the story telling. To be able to step into someone else’s shoes and get to know them without judgement and tell their story as honestly as possible was so appealing to me. I love learning the psychology behind it. Why do people say what they say or do what they do? Acting gave me that opportunity take a step back from my perspective and live someone’s else’s.
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