Justin Baldoni On Being ‘Man Enough,’ Porn And A Traumatic First Time

He played bad boy Rafael on ‘Jane The Virgin.’ In his debut book ‘Man Enough,’ he says he doesn’t subscribe to that version of masculinity.

Justin Baldoni
Photo by John Russo / Image by Victor Lim
Justin Baldoni
Photo by John Russo / Image by Victor Lim

Justin Baldoni On Being ‘Man Enough,’ Porn And A Traumatic First Time

He played bad boy Rafael on ‘Jane The Virgin.’ In his debut book ‘Man Enough,’ he says he doesn’t subscribe to that version of masculinity.

Justin Baldoni says vulnerability is strength and he has the receipts to back it up.

“We’ve all had the experiences as young boys where our emotional sensitivity, our vulnerability, our compassion, our empathy were then used as a weapon against us,” Baldoni said on Art of Power.

“We’ve all been there. We just don’t want to talk about it. Why? Because talking about it makes us weak.”

Baldoni is the actor, director and producer best known as Rafael, the bad boy heartthrob from The CW’s Jane The Virgin TV series.

And his debut book, Man Enough, is a definitive exploration of masculinity, grounded in specific, concrete examples from his life. Baldoni digs into the trauma he experienced when he lost his virginity, his battle with pornography, and his insecurities while working with actor Gina Rodriguez during the first seasons of the show that made him famous.

“The more I talk about myself, the more I teach, the more I share this stuff, the more I become also self-aware and recognize things in the moment,” Baldoni told host Aarti Shahani. “It’s liberating.”

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