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2010 Interview with Self

Make It Or Break It star Cassie Scerbo works hard to maintain the appearance of an elite gymnast for the ABC Family show. Go behind the scenes with her to find out how she stays fit and healthy on set!

Make It Or Break It star Cassie Scerbo works hard to maintain the appearance of an elite gymnast for the ABC Family show. Go behind the scenes with her to find out how she stays fit and healthy on set!

“We’re not gymnasts; we’re actresses, but we try our best.” says Scerbo, who plays Lauren Tanner on the show. Although she’s often busy on the set, Scerbo makes it a point to work out five to six times a week. Her favorite way to break a sweat? “I always find sports-related ways to stay in shape,” she says. A “super tomboy” at heart, Scerbo played soccer for nine years and is really into boxing.

“Ever since [watching] Rocky when I was ten years old, I wanted to be a boxer. I wanted to compete,” Scerbo says. But with acting and boxing not necessarily going hand-in-hand, her mom said she needed to choose one or the other. So Scerbo chose acting, but still gets her boxing fix in, with a no-hitting-on-the-face policy. The actress’s passion for the sport is still strong. “Honestly, I love boxing,” she says. “There’s no feeling like it. [With] boxing you can get all your anger, all your stress, all of your emotions out.”

When it comes to motivation, Scerbo points to one thing immediately–her wardrobe. Though she loves the scenes where she gets to dress up, the vast majority of the time, she and her castmates wear leotards–sometimes up to 14 hours a day! Though she credits a healthy diet and active workout routine with helping her look the part, Scerbo also realizes the impact a positive attitude can have. “As long as you feel confident you’re going to look beautiful,” she says. “You don’t need to be a stick figure to be beautiful.”

Since long days can make getting a full workout in difficult, Scerbo fits in some moves, such as lunges, squats, abs and tricep work in throughout the day, before she goes on set and in her trailer.

Although Scerbo has a weakness for both pizza and her mom’s meatballs, she also has a healthy habit of loving vegetables and salads. Plus, she always has a water bottle on hand. Instead of eating three meals a day, Scerbo aims for five mini meals a day. “Your body is your machine–you need your fuel,” she says. With the help of the other girls on set, Scerbo steers clear of potatoes, pastas and bread, and instead tries to eat very lean. She likes tuna fish, grilled chicken, vegetables and fruits.

When Scerbo isn’t boxing, working out with her personal trainer or the trainer on set she pops in a P90X video. According to Scerbo, the workouts and intensity of the videos are varied, with activities ranging from yoga to kickboxing. “It’s like having a personal trainer in your house,” she says.

This busy actress is also working hard to give back to the gymnasts she admires so much, with a non-profit called “Nothing’s Impossible.” Though she’s just starting it up, Scerbo has traveled to gyms to spread the word and raise awareness. She said that she’ll probably start fundraising in August and in the future wants to help out the L.A. and Miami Children’s Hospitals as well. “There are so many things I want to help out with and give back to,” Scerbo says. “As my career enhances, I’m sure I’ll have greater opportunities and more to give, but as for now I’m going to try and help out with gymnastics.”


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2016 Interview with Give Me Mora

What I love most about my body…
My booty!

What makes me feel insecure about my body…
When I haven’t kept up with my work outs and eating healthy, my body can tend to change pretty quickly. Being that I’m a more petite woman, my frame is able to completely change in one week. I notice myself feeling less confident and taking way longer to sort out an outfit for the night!

I feel sexiest wearing…
A big sweater and boy shorts around my house. I love feeling cozy.

If I could eat one food for the rest of my life it would be…

I navigate this body-image heavy industry world by…
Embracing my curves. I’m an Italian girl, and most females of my culture aren’t bone thin. However, I love this about my body. I feel I’ve definitely learned how to embrace my curves as I’ve grown into a woman.

Do you or have you ever felt pressured to look a certain way?
Absolutely. Especially in the industry I’m in. I played a gymnast for years on Freeform, and being in a leotard all the time was definitely something I wasn’t used to. Knowing that millions of people would be tuning in each week watching us girls in barely nothing took a lot of work. We had to really watch our diets and training, as well as learning to just be confident and own our shapes.

Have you ever been bullied because of the way you look?
I’ve been more stereotyped than bullied. Stereotyping is unfortunately a very natural thing. However, as long as you know who you are and are comfortable in your skin that’s all that really matters.

The best advice I can give you on loving your body…
Population-wise, the world would be aesthetically very boring if we all looked the same. I think curves are gorgeous and your body is what makes you unique. It makes you YOU. I feel like beauty is way more than skin deep, it’s how you carry yourself. The way you carry yourself is ultimately the way people will perceive you. Confidence is the best accessory a woman can wear.