Adam Rodriguez on the Role of a Lifetime

Actor Adam Rodriguez has appeared in everything from Magic Mike to Jane the Virgin, but his favorite act of all time is being dad to his daughter, Frankie.

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Do you worry at all that your 2-year-old daughter, Frankie, will eventually watch Magic Mike one day?

That’s going to be a great laugh when she’s old enough to watch that. It’s one of the jobs I’m most proud of. I’m hoping that I’ll still be looking halfway as good as I did in that movie so that it’s not, like, “Oh my god, Dad, you looked like that?” 

Is passing on body confidence to your daughter important?

Oh yeah, without a doubt. The reason to eat the way you do and exercise is that you want to take care of this vessel you’ve been given. By making that the focus, I hope that a healthy and confident outlook on her body [comes naturally]. 

How differently is Frankie being raised from the way you were brought up?

I was really lucky. I have a pretty big extended family, and I lived with my grandmothers, and aunts and uncles from time to time. There was always so much love around. Fortunately, my daughter is growing up in a very similar environment. The difference is that my wife and I are able to spend a lot more time with our daughter than my parents did with me, because they both worked long hours. I wanted to achieve certain things in my career and have worked hard to get to a place where I could have the kind of time with my family that I want.

What kind of dad are you—fun or a disciplinarian?

Both. I don’t think you have to be one or the other. I do my best to find a balance between the two. You have to have some rules and boundaries and respect for each other. Not that I want to bark orders all the time, but my kid has to know that when I say it’s time to do something, there’s a reason for it, and a lot of that comes from trust. 

You’re Cuban and Puerto Rican; do you identify with one more than the other?

No, not at all. The more emphasis you put on being one thing more than the other, the more time it’s going to take us to progress as Latino people. I love my Cuban roots, I love my Puerto Rican roots, but most important, I am Latino because I want [to identify with] as many people as possible.