Spotlight: Gina Rodriguez

Born in Chicago Illinois, Gina Rodriguez is the Latina everyone is talking about. Puerto Rican daughter of Genaro and Magali, Rodriquez is the youngest of three sisters. She was always one to be on stage, and, at the young age of seven, her love of salsa led to dancing her way into college until the age of 17. Attending NYU’s Tisch School of the arts, Rodriguez continued four years of training with the Atlantic Theater Company and Experimental Theatre Wing. Soon after she had her first lead role in a feature film, Tiny Dancer, she had the role of Frida Kahlo in “Casa Blue: The Last Moments in the Life of Frida Kahlo” at the American Stage Theatre.

Prior to being cast as Jane Villanueva in the comedy Jane the Virgin, she played the role of Beverly in the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. She has also worked in movies such as Our Family Wedding (2010), Go for It!(2010), Filly Brown (2012), Enter the Dangerous Mind (2013) and Sleeping with Fishes(2013) among other television and short films.

Jane the Virgin is a network success, which is attributed to Rodriguez and the energetic cast. The Venezuelan Telenovela inspired show has seen great amount of success, winning an AFI award for program of the year, a Dorian Award for Campy TV Show of the Year and a People’s Choice Award for Favorite New TV Comedy all in 2015.  Gina won her first Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a television series musical or comedy for her role as Jane. In her moving speech, she mentions “…this award is so much more than myself it represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes…”

Although Jane the Virgin has been her most successful role, she has appeared in other television shows, which include  Law and Order (2004), 10 Things I Hate About You (2010), Army Wives (2010), Happy Endings (2011) and Longmire (2013), among other shows.

Rodriguez’s success extends to the film industry. She has also won an Imagen Award for Best Actress for the film Filly Brown and also an ALMA Award of Special Achievement for the same film.

Speak Your Mind