Actress Jennifer Freeman is best known for her portrayal of Damon Wayans’ daughter on My Wife and Kids. The show ran for five seasons and garnered Jennifer a Teen Choice Award nomination. Jennifer also served as one of the fresh young faces of beauty giant Neutrogena. As a humanitarian, Jennifer considers it her mission to empower women. And as a mother, she feels an innate responsibility to validate the young artists of the world and assist them in realizing their own dreams and goals. Freeman currently resides in Los Angeles with her lovely daughter Isabella Amora, born in October 2009. You can follow her on Twitter @msjenfreeman.
What was the ah-ha moment that made you start taking your health seriously?
My mom was diagnosed with lupus. After that kind of reality check, I wanted to change my lifestyle to a healthier one.
Do you have a secret habit that is part of your healthy lifestyle?
I drink a lot of water overall. I drink a lot of it when I first wake up. I have to have four bottles of water by the bed at night.
If you could get a free pass forever with one bad habit, what would it be?
Eating sweets. Cupcakes, cakes. Especially birthday cakes.
What is your greatest health achievement or milestone?
Consistently working out. For the past two years I've been pretty confident, making it a part of my lifestyle. I feel strong and beautiful — from the inside — when I workout. Sweating and working hard makes me feel strong.
What is your biggest health hang-up in others?
I don't think I have one. Everyone has what works for their body. What works for mine may not work for theirs.
Run, walk, ride or swim?
Ride. I love riding a bicycle. It's good for your abs and feels so good on a summer day with the wind going through your hair. There's something relaxing about it.
If you were a fruit or vegetable, what kind would you be?
I would be strawberries. And dipped in white chocolate.
If you could superpower one of your five senses, what would it be, and why?
Sight. I'd like to intensify the way I see things. Especially if I'm having one of those days — so I can see how beautiful the world is.
If you could break a world endurance record, what would it be?
Two things. First: Yoga. I'm flexible and I could beat anyone in the heat. The second would be patience. It takes a lot to be the mother of a two year old. She's shown me that I have a lot more than I had thought.
If you could tell one thing to your adolescent self, what would it be?
That she is valuable and worth so much more than she knows.