Shot by DeWayne Rogers and styled by Casey Billingsly, actress and singer Christina Milian covers the latest issue of Rolling Out Magazine. In the accompanying interview, Milian talks her career, her fitness routine, and balancing work and family.
On her choice to do a reality show
Production companies have been approaching my family for over 10 years. I was pretty much down for it, but it took me a long time to convince my mom to do it. To me, I thought it would be great for branding, and it would be a great opportunity for fans to really, truly get to know me. I would also have my own voice. Sometimes, you do an interview and only a portion of the interview is included and people [form] assumptions. You read blogs all day and they think they know your life based off of what other people are stating about you. I felt like by doing “Turned Up,” it was something for my fans. It would be a great outlet for me to come out musically, and really step up my game. It’s been fantastic … I think it’s great to show vulnerability; it’s great to show your mistakes: how you get through them, and how you make them better. I’m a strong believer in evolving, [and] I think I’m just like any other woman when it comes to a lot of things. I wasn’t afraid to show it.
On Her Fitness Routine
I just try not to overthink it. What I tend to do when I’m ready to get back in shape and tighten up is to cut the carbs. French fries and rice are two of my weaknesses, so when those things start kicking in, your stomach makes space for more food. When I cut those things out, my appetite goes down, I listen to my stomach: if it says I’m full, I’m full. When you can fit in a workout, do it … even if it’s outdoors. I like to go hiking in the hills, just any kind of movement. I like to do a good 20-30 minutes of cardio and sit-ups (do them until you’re tired). I used to do like 100 a day.