On "Magic City," a Starz television drama set in a glamorous Miami hotel in 1959, Dominik Garcia-Lorido plays a Cuban-American housekeeper training to be a Pan Am stewardess. She sizzles as a young woman coming of age and falling in love.
In real life, the actress was born in Miami, the daughter of actor Andy Garcia, and spent summers in South Florida after her family relocated to Los Angeles. In August, she moved back down here for six months to shoot the show's second season.
The actress said she has sciatica in a leg and is both lactose- and dairy-intolerant. To enhance her figure, and keep healthy, she does Pilates and yoga and eats lots of vegetables.
Q: Why do you keep fit?
A: [Working out] makes me feel good — it's weird not being active. And obviously you want to look great in front of the camera. Whoever says they don't is lying. There's no negative to working out.
Q: What's your workout routine?
A: I do Pilates and yoga at a studio four or five times a week, depending on my schedule. If I'm filming, I'm really rigorous about my workout ... I have a bike and like to ride it recreationally. At home, maybe I'll speed-walk on the treadmill.
Q: Why so much Pilates and yoga?
A: I used to dance for 15 years. Pilates makes your body lean and flexible so it's similar to what dance would provide for me. And yoga is really good for your mind, keeping you centered. Calm. Yoga, you get a good workout as well, and you can lean out.
But with Pilates you're toning more specific muscle areas. Especially for me, in the butt area, that's the best area, and thighs and abs to get more definition. I like the constant flow of moving your body and having good balance. And it's good to keep your body flexible.
I have sciatica in my right leg, and yoga and Pilates are so good for that. But especially yoga because you're really stretching. With sciatica, you get the pain when you're sitting still.
Q: What was your physically toughest acting job?
A: I did a movie (2009's City Island) where I played a stripper and learned how to pole dance. Three weeks prior, I was working with a private teacher, learning all the tricks on the pole. I had a goal: I wanted to flip upside-down and hang by my ankles. It was hard. That's an amazing workout. The upper-arm strength is crazy.
Q: Played any sports?
A: Basketball from fourth grade to 10th grade. Also a cheerleader, dance captain. All of the ballerinas were cheerleaders. But basketball was my sport. And still is. All the time I play pickup games with my 10-year-old brother and dad.
Q: Does your family keep fit?
A: My dad does a lot of Pilates. And my brother plays every sport there is: soccer, basketball, swim, baseball. A lot of basketball. My dad's a big golfer, and my brother just started at a clinic.
Q: You mentioned sciatica. Do you have any other physical issues that hinder exercise?
A: I have a hyperextended back so I have to be conscious with my positions. When I danced ballet, I had to be careful. I can back-bend but have to be careful because my back curves in. It makes for a pretty shape.
I don't like to run because I get shin splints.