How to Get Away with Murder actress Aja Naomi King is on the cover of Shape Magazine’s September 2018 Issue.
In the issue, she talks about staying committed to tough workouts and causes that matter. She talks about how she wants other women and girls to know what it feels like to be just as powerful.
On focus: “Working out has become my time to reflect on my life and the things that matter to me. I think it’s so important for us to quiet the noise around us. As women, we are constantly thinking ahead and trying to solve every problem. We are so worried about tomorrow that we barely have time to experience and enjoy what is happening right now. Exercise lets me appreciate where I am in this moment.”
On working out: “I’ve been doing a lot of weight lifting, and I’m proud of myself. It’s exhilarating because I’m able to see the difference in my power so quickly. It makes me feel really strong. When I’m in my 90s, God willing, I want my body to be active—I don’t want someone else to have to take care of me. Exercise is a commitment to my independence in the future.”
On her passion: “For two years, I’ve mentored a young woman through Opening Act. The group works with schools that have a low graduation rate and gives kids a safe space in which they can play, create, and communicate their feelings. Opening Act has given my mentee confidence, and I’m so happy to be a part of that. I’m also very excited to be working with the Center for Reproductive Rights. They deal with policymakers to create legislation. Now they’re working on a bill called the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would prevent states from enacting laws that could deprive women of the reproductive health care they need. I hope to help amplify that message and visit Congress with them to present the bill.”
On happiness: “I eat healthy, but I also love desserts. I have a passion for crème brûlée, chocolate cake, and ice cream. I feed my body for energy, but I also want to feed my spirit with things that make me happy. It’s important to have a positive relationship with food. For me, there’s no such thing as a cheat day because eating isn’t cheating.”