Jillian Rose Reed plays Tamara on MTV's hugely popular show "Awkward" and stars in "My Super Psycho Sweet 16: Part 3," a movie that premieres on the same network on Tuesday. In just a couple of years, the Coral Springs native has appeared in several movies and TV shows, including Showtime's "Weeds" from 2008 to 2009.
To maintain her figure and have energy for long days on a production set, Reed does cardio barre and burlesque workouts four days a week.
Q: Why do you keep fit?
A: Definitely for career purposes, to be at the top of my game for auditions. And for health. I know I'm young, but I want to take the steps now for a healthy lifestyle. I have a diabetic in the family, so I don't want to develop anything like that. And exercise gives more energy to perform as an actress when I'm on a set all day.
Q: What's your workout routine?
A: I do as many fun activities as possible. A lot of hiking, beach bike riding and walking. And cardio barre, which is a dance-based workout at a ballet barre. It's a full-body workout for one hour on Monday, Wednesday and Friday in a studio. I have a background in dance, so I know how to move my body in the way [instructors] want you to move it. I love cardio barre. I've been doing it for a year.
It has a short cardio section of 15 to 20 minutes and a section on arms that includes 10 minutes of free weights for biceps and triceps and shoulder. And midsection with a dance-based ab workout. At the end of class, we take it down to the ground and do a lot of leg lifts, more abs, inner thigh. Then the last five minutes are stretching.
A month and a half ago, I started burlesque workouts on Thursdays. We do a 20-minute exercise at the beginning to warm you up. It's like a jazz class but sexier and girlier. Burlesque is just dancing and abs.
Q: Does TV or film production affect your workouts?
A: With our production schedule for "Awkward," a lot of times I don't know how long I'll be on a set. Last season, I'd come home and if I wasn't exhausted I'd go to the gym, or work out in my apartment complex's gym. I'd do the elliptical and free weights. And I was working with a trainer for a while. I just filmed a movie in October and was working out in the hotel.
Q: Have you had any physically tough roles as an actress?
A: I haven't had a role yet that required a lot of physical activity. But I've always wanted an action-type role.
Q: Do you ever take breaks from exercising?
A: I try to listen to my body. If I need to take a week off, if I'm not in the zone, I will. But I try not to. I'll get a little crazy.
Q: Does your family keep fit?
A: I have two brothers, and my little brother is active in sports: football and baseball and skateboarding. And my mom was a dancer when younger, so I grew up motivated and dancing and all that. My dad works out — Bowflex machine and running. My mom doesn't do as much, but every morning she and I go up in the hills to get our morning going.
Q: Have you played competitive sports?
A: Just competitive in dance. I started when I was about 4 and grew up loving it. When I was 12, I was doing competitive jazz, tap and ballet in Michigan. The studio put the best dancers together and I joined that. We always did really, really well in local competitions. Then I moved to L.A. to get more into [entertainment]. I was at dance seven days a week.
Q: Do you have a personal fitness motto or philosophy?
A: My best friend and I work out a lot. Whenever we're feeling sluggish, we'll do this little rap song to keep each other motivated. "All day, every day…" That's all I can do now!
Q: What's your typical daily diet?
A: I try to be conscious but not stress myself. I basically say, "If I'm going to regret eating this, then I won't eat it." But I have my weaknesses.
Breakfast is Special K cereal. If I'm having a big meal, it's lunch instead of dinner. Some kind of wrap, like chicken for protein. For dinner mainly vegetables. I mix it up if I go out to eat. For a snack, I've been trying chia seeds. I try it a couple times a week. Boosts your metabolism.
Q: Do you take any vitamins?
A: I take natural fish oil.
Q: What do you drink typically?
A: I don't drink any soda. None at all. Just water with lemon. If I need something different: iced tea. I don't have anything like protein shakesCopyright © 2015, CT Now