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Updated: Jul 13, 2022

By Sandy Rodriguez

You could say it’s a fantastic time to be a strong woman in Hollywood. And you would be right—especially if by that you mean a physically strong, fictional woman.

Toned, muscular female characters in movies and TV definitely appeal to today’s audiences. Last year’s animated Disney offering Encanto featured a swole bodybuilder called Luisa Madrigal, who ended up delighting children more than any of the other, “prettier” and more traditionally feminine characters in the film, including the main one.

As a weight training enthusiast, a Los Angeles resident, and someone who works in a court setting, I’m counting down the days to TV series She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, set to be released on August 17th. Popular Orphan Black actress Tatiana Maslany will play Jennifer Walters, a thirty-something West Coast attorney. She happens to receive a blood transfusion from her cousin, Bruce Banner, a.k.a. The Hulk, played by Mark Ruffalo.

The hilarious trailer has an action movie-meets-romcom feel and shows Jennifer both as a normal woman and after her transformation into the title character.

Despite how fun the show looks, many comic book fans criticized the CGI (which, to be fair, is probably still being fine-tuned)— and the fact that this very tall, very jacked She-Hulk is, in their view, too traditionally feminine and not buff enough.

In this issue you will find a number of women in entertainment and related fields who are strong in different ways, in their resilience, in their drive, in their confidence, in their power. (One of them is our very own Heart Of Hollywood CEO, Giovanna Salas, a uniquely creative woman with a will of steel.)

We are also featuring plenty of multitalented men including the wonderful Halas Wilbourn. Our cover model flew in from Georgia to L.A. not only for photo and video shoots, but also for a unique Hollywood experience. Hope you enjoy our coverage of his journey.

Cover Model Halas Wilboun and Sandy Rodriguez Heart Of Hollywood Magazine Editor

Halas, who has worked on different projects, was one of the executive producers for a video series based on my book, Choose to Prevail. This is a self-help-without-any-toxic-positivity book. If you’d like a signed copy, get one at .

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