Ms. Namita Nayyar: In 2002, you won the title of “Miss Puerto Rico of Orlando”. Tell us about this milestone achievement of yours?
Ms. Betsy Landin: Before doing Miss PRO, I was really shy. I could get up and perform in a play or sing. I could step onstage as someone else, but I was afraid when it was just me and I had nothing to hide behind. When I moved to the states from Puerto Rico, it was a huge culture shock and I think that led me to being an introvert. The pageant helped me to overcome that. I learned to believe in myself and to walk proudly and speak confidently. Many people hate pageants because all they see is the glamour aspect, but it was the best decision I ever made. I still use all of the skills I learned during my time as queen.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: What exercises comprise your fitness regime or workout routine?
Ms. Betsy Landin: I love to change up my exercise routine. I think it’s important to keep the body guessing and that’s how I’ve seen the best results. California is known for its awesome hiking spots and I love getting a good workout outside so I do different hikes all the time. Bikram and hot yoga incorporating weights is amazing too! There’s nothing like a good sweat! I also do cardio barre for long lean muscles. I have an athletic build so keeping my weights between 1 and 5 lbs with high repetition is key to tone up without
Ms. Namita Nayyar: What does your diet consist of that allows you to remain healthy and physically fit?
Ms. Betsy Landin: Five years ago I decided to become vegan. That lasted a month after I realized that I didn’t want to live without cheese. Since then, I’ve found a happy balance being pescetarian. I make sure to keep my house full of fresh fruits, nuts, legumes, and veggies. I rarely keep bread in the house and use quinoa and quinoa pasta a lot. I believe 80% of our grocery shopping should be done in the produce section and farmer’s markets. I don’t really ever get sick anymore. Diet is key.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You have glowing skin and gorgeous hair. What is your skin regimen that keeps it looking young and glowing? What you do use for your hair?
Ms. Betsy Landin: Thank you! In order to maintain healthy skin, I make myself drink a lot of water, even when I don’t want to. It’s super important in overall health and when I’m dehydrated my skin is the first to show it. I also take off my make up every night no matter how tired I am and make sure I wear moisturizer day and night. For my hair, I use sulfate-free products to maintain my color and I don’t blow dry my hair if I don’t have to. I also take vitamins to ensure I’m getting proper nutrients to my hair, skin, and nails.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You are reprising your role of dolphin trainer Kat in the hit Disney family drama “Dolphin Tale 2” opposite Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, and Kris Kristofferson. Tell us about your experience working with such leading Hollywood co-stars?
Ms. Betsy Landin: It was the best experience I’ve had as an actor thus far. Harry was super sweet and so funny! I worked with him the most and I must say there was never a dull day. We all had so much fun. Kris Kristofferson was amazing. He’s such a legend. I remember talking to him about his start in music thinking, “This guy knew Johnny Cash. He wrote Me and Bobby McGee. Somebody pinch me.” Morgan Freeman was… well the man has played God. I mean, everyone has such respect for him and he is such a humble and approachable man. Every time we’d chat I learned something new. He’s truly a living legend.