Galilea Montijo left Guadalajara, Jalisco to conquer the capital. She became an icon of the showbiz in Mexico. She is comfortable in front of the cameras. She performs masterfully as entertainer, actress, and model. Now, she is in the United States as the host of the show “Va pot Ti”, at the Univision network every Sunday. She is an idol for all Spanish speakers.
Being funny and fun
As spectators, we can assume that Galilea is a fun person. We could describe her as bubbly. Her sense of humor seems to go further than a script for a show. She is a natural, and it reflects as a way of life.
How hard is it to make people laugh?
Galilea Montijo: It’s been said that making people laugh is harder than making people cry. I don’t consider myself a comedian but I like to get to people and for them to identify with me. It is rewarding to make them laugh.
When you were little, did you have a vocation for comedy? Were you the class clown?
GM: Not at all!! I insist, I am not a comedian. I am a woman who loves entertaining and I will face any challenge at work. Humor is a skill I have developed with discipline. I am passionate about conduction, and my personality has helped me make people laugh.
Could you give us advice on how to become a fun person, like you?
GM: I would say that you must be spontaneous, in the first place. The point is to act naturally. It sounds easy, and it is easy to do.
Conduction and dramatic Art
Galilea has been involved in dramatic productions in Televisa. She starred in “La Verdad Oculta” (The Hidden Truth), and also participated in “Hasta que el Dinero nos Separe” (Until money do us apart). Recently, producer Carmen Armendariz created a series just for her, called “Cásate Conmigo, mi Amor” (Marry me, my love). These series were inspired in Galilea’s own love life and her resistance to getting married. It is also normal to see her conducting contest shows and the daily morning magazine “Hoy” (Today).
Out of all the shows you have participated in, which one do you remember with the most affection and why?
GM: All the shows have a place in my life, it’s been many years doing this work. But, I believe “Hoy” has really marked my career. It is very rewarding to feel the public’s response and feel their love every day. Those things are priceless.
What did it mean to you to be part of the series “Cásate conmigo, mi amor”?
GM: It was a fabulous experience. I had been away from acting for many years, but when Mexican producer Carmen Armendariz told me about the project, I thought it was incredible. I jumped on it and I don’t regret it a bit. It was a great experience to get back into acting. And I also enjoyed it a lot, also because the cast was a great group of friends.
In “Pequeños Gigantes” (Little Giants) you made us cry. Your maternal instinct was visible. How much being in that show helped you to be a mom?
GM: “Pequeños Gigantes” was a show that changed my life. Being around the children was unforgettable to me. I saw them growing and I understood how they see the world. It was a very enriching experience for me.
Wife and mother
Finally, in 2011, Galilea decided to get married. And she married businessman Fernando Reina. From their union was born Manteo, who just turned 4. There have been speculations about more pregnancies, but evidence has shown they were not true. What is true is that Galilea has said in social media that she would love to have more children. If she has a girl, she wants to name her “Kika”.
What is the most important lesson you want Mateo to learn?
GM: I want him to clearly know that he must pursue his dreams.
When will you fulfill his wish of having a little sister?
GM: Hahaha, I hope very soon…
Elegant and fit
At her 43 years of age, Galilea is at the peak of her professional and personal life. As time goes by, she is considered one of the most beautiful women on the small screen. She is the image of countless beauty brands. But she is also an example of discipline to stay fit. And it is not all about the beauty creams she recommends. Her best beauty advice is to have a good self-esteem.
¿What is the best beauty advice you can give us?
GM: In my daily routine there is always face creams. I use them in the morning and the afternoon. And it is a must to remove all makeup.
How do you maintain your beautiful hair?
GM: Washing it every other day.
Is there any secret to stay fit?
GM: The number one thing without any doubts is to eat healthy food. I eat more than three times a day, at set times, in an organized manner. Following a food routine helps my body. Believe it or not, I indulge every now and then, too.
Can you share some of those indulgences?
GM: I have to confess that I am crazy about pozole. I eat it, and I am not sure if it is good for me or not.
But, what is the biggest secret for your beauty?
GM: To me, beauty has to do with being happy with yourself. You must accept yourself, including your flaws. Beauty is a matter of self-esteem.
“Va por ti”
Galilea once again is the conductor of “Va por ti.” She feels like fish in the water when conducting this show. She has conducted several reality shows and she has been a contestant in a few others. She won “Big Brother” in Mexico. And she was a finalist in “Bailando por un Sueño” (Dancing for a Dream), and “Hazme reir y serás millonario” (Make me laugh and you will be a millionaire). Her empathy with contestants at “Va por ti” is noticeable on the screen.
What do you like the most about the show’s new season?
GM: The talent of the participants is unparalleled. The production team did a big search for great voices. It is also a lot of fun to discover who we have every week. I don’t know it before hand, so I share the same sensation as the audience, as I find out who the participants are, right on the spot. I love the anticipation. And it will remain like that throughout the season.
Why shouldn’t we miss any episodes for this season?
GM: You will get hooked from day one. There is too much talent in the participants. The leaders are professionals and do their jobs. And Alejandra and the other judges do a fabulous job. It is a show to watch with the family and have fun.