Gina Rodriguez Biography | Who Is Gina Rodriguez?
Gina Rodriguez (Gina Alexis Rodriguez) is an American actress best known for her lead role as Jane Villanueva in The CW comedy-drama series Jane the Virgin (2014–present), for which she has received three Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy, winning once, in 2015.
She began her career in theater productions and made her screen debut in an episode of Law & Order. Her breakthrough came in 2012, in the independent musical-drama film Filly Brown.
Rodriguez has gone on to star in the disaster drama film Deepwater Horizon (2016), the animated comedy adventure film Ferdinand (2017), the science fiction horror film Annihilation (2018), and the action thriller film Miss Bala (2019). As of January 2019, Rodriguez is the voice of Carmen Sandiego on the TV series bearing the same name.
Gina Rodriguez Education
She attended high school at St. Ignatius College Prep. At the age of 16, Rodriguez was among thirteen teenagers to be accepted into Columbia University’s Theatrical Collaboration. She then attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Rodriguez trained for four years at the Atlantic Theater Company and Experimental Theatre Wing, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2005.
Rodriguez portrayed Frida Kahlo in the world premiere of Casa Blue in the United Kingdom, in the play called The Last Moments in the Life of Frida Kahlo at the American Stage Theatre.
Gina Rodriguez Age
She was born on 30 July 1984 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. She is 34 years old as of 2018.
Gina Rodriguez Height
She stands at a height of 5 feet 3 inches (160 cm) weighing 58 kg (128 pounds).
Gina Rodriguez Family | Gina Rodriguez Parents
Rodriguez is the youngest daughter of Puerto Rican parents, Magali Rodriguez and Genaro Rodríguez, a boxing referee.
Gina Rodriguez Sister
She has two older sisters Ivelisse Rodriguez Simon, Rebecca Rodriguez.
Gina Rodriguez Boyfriend | Gina Rodriguez Husband | Gina Rodriguez Dating | Is Gina Rodriguez Married?
Rodriguez is in a relationship with boyfriend Joe LoCicero whom she has been dating since 2016. On August 7, 2018, Rodriguez confirmed in an interview with Us Weekly that she and LoCicero are engaged. The two met in 2016 when he appeared on an episode of her hit CW show.
Gina Rodriguez Book
- 2005: I Bite Into the Apple
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Gina Rodriguez Movies And Tv Shows
Gina Rodriguez Movies
Calling It Quits
Ten: Thirty One
Our Family Wedding
Go for It!
Enter the Dangerous Mind
The Price We Pay
Sleeping with the Fishes
Una Y Otra Y Otra Ve
Since I Laid Eyes
Untitled Miranda July project
Gina Rodriguez Tv Shows
Carmen Sandiego (voice)
Episode: “Jake & Amy”
Gina Alvarez (voice)
Elena of Avalor
Princess Marisa (voice)
Lip Sync Battle
Episode: “Gina Rodriguez vs. Wilmer Valderrama”
Jane the Virgin
Episode: “Party’s Over”
Rizzoli & Isles
Episode: “Built for Speed”
Episode: “Why Can’t You Read Me?”
Episode: “Pink Tops”
The Bold and the Beautiful
Recurring role; 15 episodes
10 Things I Hate About You
Episode: “Meat Is Murder”
My Super Psycho Sweet 16: Part 2
Law & Order
Episode: “La Familia”
Law & Order
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Gina Rodriguez Twitter
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Gina Rodriguez Interview
LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, Interviewer:
Gina Rodriguez is having a moment. Her leading role on TV’s “Jane The Virgin” is ending. It earned her a Golden Globe in 2015. But she’s now graduated to a lead in a major motion picture, which opens Friday. It comes at long last and with some stage fright.
Gina Rodriguez: It is scary. It’s – I can be very transparent and say it is very scary.
Interviewer: The film is “Miss Bala,” where Gina Rodriguez plays Gloria Fuentes, a young Hispanic-American makeup artist who gets involved with a drug cartel in order to find her missing friend.
(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, “MISS BALA”)
Gina Rodriguez: (As Gloria) I grew up in the States. I’ve lived here for a few years. My father is American. And he owned a factory of (speaking Spanish) here.
ISMAEL CRUZ CORDOVA: (As Lino) I can help you find your friend. But you have to do something for me first. You do that, and I’ll help you find Suzu. You mess around, and I’ll kill you both.
Gina Rodriguez: I was actually more intrigued by this role because of what it meant and what they were creating. So when I was approached with it from Sony, they told me they were reimagining the original Mexican film “Miss Bala.” And they wanted to do it with an all-Latinx cast and crew. And they wanted to make sure that the American girl was Latina. I was very excited about that prospect. It has never – that – I’ve never been approached with that opportunity in my life.
Interviewer: Like, the explicit opportunity to be who you are in a film (laughter).
Gina Rodriguez: Yes, the explicit opportunity to be who I am in the film as well as make it with my community in front of and behind the camera. And I then read the script. And what was beautiful was the open conversation of making sure that this young girl who goes from an ordinary woman to an extraordinary woman and really solidifies her power and finds her strength was going to have agency, was going to have an agenda, was going to work consistently at every opportunity she had to save herself and to save her loved one. And that you don’t see often in action movies. And you definitely don’t see it reflecting in action movies led by women, which felt like a really great opportunity.
(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, “MISS BALA”)
Gina Rodriguez: (As Gloria) La bala – in the end, the bullet settles everything.
Interviewer: Gina Rodriguez grew up in Chicago salsa dancing and learning from her Puerto Rican parents the importance of confidence and hard work. Rodriguez made it big late for an actress. She was 29 when she landed “Jane The Virgin.”
Gina Rodriguez: I was in first class for, like, the first time ever.
Gina Rodriguez: I was making sure I wrote down every feeling, make sure I was sitting in – all that hard work, all those nos, all that failure, all that rejection, sitting there and appreciating it because it got me to this point.
Interviewer: And now she’s starring in “Miss Bala.”
Do you feel like it has to be a success because you represent so much to so many people because you are trailblazing?
Gina Rodriguez: Oh, man. Well, now I’m going to take that one.
Gina Rodriguez: If I wasn’t thinking about that before…
Gina Rodriguez: Thanks, Lulu. No, I’m kidding (laughter).
Interviewer: Yeah, my pleasure.
Gina Rodriguez: But, you know – no, you know what it is? – is that if this is a success, then they will make more. That’s the pressure. I just want the studios to see, see. You made your money back. Now go make more. Now stop acting like we’re such a risk, you know? And, like, that’s what I want.
Interviewer: Do you say that when you go into the room with executives?
Gina Rodriguez: Yeah, of course I do (laughter).
Interviewer: I mean, you are so outspoken in public. But I’m wondering if behind closed doors, there has to be a different kind of conversation.
Gina Rodriguez: No.
Interviewer: Or do you think that that works?
Gina Rodriguez: No, the conversation is the truth. We call a spade a spade. And it’s very real to me. I was just having a conversation the other day with a possible line producer for a TV show that we just sold – who happens to be a white male. And we’re doing an interview. And he says, you know, I would do this. And I would do that. And I would do that. And I was like, OK. I won’t allow that. And he was like, excuse me. I said, I won’t allow that. We’re doing 50 percent females at the head of department. He said, well, makeup and hair – I said, no. I want a female DP. I want females in the art department and in construction. I want women everywhere. And I want it intersectional. So if you’re down for that, then you can jump on board. If you’re not, there are plenty of productions out there.
Interviewer: She’s been pushing for representation consistently, but it hasn’t been without controversy. Two years ago, she tweeted, Marvel and DC are killing it in inclusion and women. But where are the Latinos? – asking for a friend. She was referring to the movie “Black Panther.” Black Twitter said Rodriguez was ignoring Tessa Thompson and Zoe Saldana’s roles in other Marvel movies that year. Both are Afro-Latinas. And she’s received criticism for other things – comments about pay equity, not inviting enough Afro-Latinas to a brunch at her house – prompting think pieces asking if she’s anti-black.
I’m going to ask you about a controversy. You’ve been criticized for what some people see as the erasure of Afro-Latinos. What are your thoughts now on that?
Gina Rodriguez: But where have I erased anyone? You’re telling me that people’s opinions about my advocacy makes them feel a certain way, which is unfortunate for me because that’s not my intention. But that has never happened. So it’s – so I – personally, it’s very difficult to have a conversation about people’s opinions that haven’t read or understood the factual words that have come out of my mouth. I’ve never said anything controversial about anyone in particular – period. I am not against anyone. I create opportunities for everyone. So I think we often – like, we’re living in a culture and in a climate where this is where we’re getting our factual information. But they’re not facts. They’re opinions. So I can’t live my life based off of social media opinion. Like, that’s unfair for me. And that’s unfair for me to have a legitimate conversation with a journalist about something that I don’t believe is a – is fair. I don’t believe that the context was taken correctly. And if I hurt anyone, I apologize.
Interviewer: You’ve mentioned this. And you’ve been very public about your anxiety and your mental health and how that’s escalated with your success. Now that you’re busier than ever, how are you handling it? How are you sort of taking care of yourself but also doing all the things you need to do?
Gina Rodriguez: I’m figuring it out one day at a time with each interview. Because of my words being taken out of context, it has definitely prevented me from wanting to have interviews and speak up and speak out, which is unfortunate because that was so much of who I am. I am currently in search of a therapist that understands this world because it’s a very specific experience and not too many people know it. It draws me to speak about it because I felt so alone and afraid and embarrassed because I used to feel so strong in my ability to stand up for what I wanted and what I believed. And to think that it debilitates me is interesting and different as I evolve, as I get older and remember that the – you know, at the heart of everything is family and love. And that’s most important. So that’s what you do, I think. I guess. I’m still learning, though.
Gina Rodriguez: I’m definitely still learning.
Interviewer: How would you describe this moment in your life? If you had to say, you know, this particular moment that you’re living through right now, what would you say?
Gina Rodriguez: It’s a mix between feeling 13-year-old Gina say, one day, I’m going to be in an action movie, and I’m going to be the lead – and that only took 21 years to get here – and kind of scared. Those two feelings at once make for a crazy, little ying yang (ph) in your body.
Interviewer: Gina Rodriguez – her latest film is “Miss Bala.” Thank you so much.
Gina Rodriguez: Thank you, Lulu – appreciate it.
Gina Rodriguez News
Gina Rodriguez Kept Jane the Virgin’s Massive Twist a Secret for More Than a Year
It’s been a rough couple of years for Team Michael fans, and quite honestly for Jane the Virgin fans overall. Following the shock death of Jane’s beloved husband Michael midway through season three, Michael made an even more shocking return in the closing scene of season four, setting up a dramatic final run for the CW dramedy when it returns in late March. And while actor Brett Dier’s role was kept strictly under wraps for the year and a half before Michael’s surprise revival, star Gina Rodriguez knew that he’d be back.
“At first it was like, Michael’s going to die, and that was really huge and really difficult, because we love Brett Dier,” Rodriguez said during the show’s Television Critics Association press day on Thursday in Pasadena. “It was really, really devastating to me, and then [Jane the Virgin showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman] said, ‘But he’s coming back!’ I had just stopped sobbing and was like, Okay! And then it’s like, ‘But you can’t tell anyone for a year and a half.’ And I didn’t!”
Urman noted during the panel that resurrections are a major trope in telenovelas, to which Jane the Virgin has always paid overt homage, and so the decision to bring Michael back felt organic. “We have a telenovela writer in the writers room, and I asked her Can we do this?, and she said, ‘Jenni, you have to. You must do that. That is what would happen in a telenovela, he would come back.’”
Gina Rodriguez’s movie ‘Miss Bala’ makes strides for Latinx representation
You probably know Gina Rodriguez as the star of the hit show Jane the Virgin, but there’s so much more sabor to this Latina celeb than meets the eye. As she prepares to say goodbye to the TV role that made her famous, Rodriguez is making major strides in Hollywood with her new movie Miss Bala.
In the film, Rodriguez plays a woman who tries to take down a Mexican drug cartel after her best friend is kidnapped. For the actress, this movie was an important step forward for Latinx representation in Hollywood (95 percent of the cast and crew in Miss Bala were Latinx). “Now we get to see this new girl, this new woman, that I don’t feel is often portrayed, especially in the Latino culture,” she said. As of 2018, Latinas made up 7 percent of speaking roles across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms, according to the report “Boxed In.”
Her role as Jane earned Rodriguez a Golden Globe for Best Actress. The win launched her into a new level of stardom — one she truly appreciates, especially as a Latina. “This award is so much more than myself. It represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes,” she said in her acceptance speech.
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What’s up next for Rodriguez? Two words: Carmen Sandiego. She’s playing the fedora-wearing icon in two Netflix projects: a live-action feature and an animated series, proving that she can do just about anything she sets her mind to.