05/30/2017 05:17 pm ET Updated May 30, 2017

Gina Rodriguez Opens Up About Her Anxiety

"It’s OK to be anxious. There is nothing different or strange about having anxiety."

One of the many reasons we love Gina Rodriguez: She’s not afraid to get real with her fans. 

The “Jane the Virgin” star posted a video on Instagram this weekend in which she indicated that she has anxiety. The clip, part of a project called “Ten Second Portraits” by her friend Anton Soggiu, features a fresh-faced and smiling Rodriguez.

“Bare and exposed in the streets of LA. No makeup. No styling. Just me,” the caption reads. “I suffer from anxiety. And watching this clip I could see how anxious I was but I empathize with myself. I wanted to protect her and tell her it’s ok to be anxious, there is nothing different or strange about having anxiety and I will prevail. I like watching this video. It makes me uncomfortable but there is a freedom I feel maybe even an acceptance. This is me. Puro Gina.”

The 32-year-old often takes to social media to talk about matters that are important to her ― feminism, body positivity, politics ― but this mediation on mental health is particularly great, as there’s frequently a stigma surrounding the topic.

And, as Rodriguez notes, there shouldn’t be. Studies have shown that people with anxiety actually perceive the world differently ― so why not speak out about individual experiences? 

Kudos to you, Gina, for being such a warrior. 

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