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It represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes
—Rodriguez's Golden Globes speech

Gina Alexis Rodriguez is an American actor, producer, entrepeneur and director. Rodriguez portrays protagonist Jane Villanueva on Jane the Virgin.

Early years

Gina Alexis Rodriguez was born in Chicago, Illinois, the youngest daughter of Puerto Rican parents, Magali and Genaro Rodríguez, a boxing referee. She is the youngest of three sisters and has an older brother. She was raised in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood on Chicago's Northwest Side.

At the age of seven, Rodriguez performed at the salsa dance company Fantasia Juvenil. Rodriguez was raised Catholic, and attended high school at St. Ignatius College Prep. She continued dancing salsa until age 17.

At the age of 16, she was among thirteen teenagers to be accepted into Columbia University's Theatrical Collaboration. She attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She trained for four years at the Atlantic Theater Company and Experimental Theatre Wing, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2005.

She 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.

Career

Rodriguez made her screen debut appearing in an episode of Law & Order in 2004. She later has appeared on Eleventh Hour, Army Wives and The Mentalist. On October 19, 2011, Rodriguez landed the recurring role, Beverly, in the soap opera series The Bold and the Beautiful. She received a role in the musical film Go for It!, for which she received a 2011 Imagen Awards nomination.

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Rodriguez's Golden Globes Speech – 2015 CW Emmy for your consideration

In 2012, Rodriguez played young hip-hop artist Majo Tenorio in the independent musical-drama film Filly Brown, for which she won an Imagen Award. She received good reviews for her performance in film. She also was the recipient of the Best Actor Award at the First Run Film Festival in New York. On June 9, 2013, Gina won the Inaugural Lupe Award. On April 16, 2013, during an interview, she revealed she was offered a role in the Lifetime television series Devious Maids, but turned it down. On October 16, 2013, she joined the cast of the movie Sleeping With The Fishes.

On February 27, 2014, Entertainment Weekly announced that Rodriguez would play the titular role of Jane Villanueva in Jane the Virgin, for which she went on to win a Golden Globe Award. On June 4, 2014, Rodriguez joined the cast of the upcoming drama film Sticky Notes. In August 2015, she co-hosted the 2015 Teen Choice Awards with Ludacris and Josh Peck. She voiced Mary in the animated film The Star, which was released in November 2017, and played Anya in the science fiction thriller film Annihilation, opposite Natalie Portman. She also voices Carmen Sandiego in the Netflix animated series Carmen Sandiego which premiered on January 18, 2019. In March 2018, Netflix announced that they had acquired the live-action film rights for Carmen Sandiego and that Rodriguez would star as Sandiego in the film.

Rodriguez owns the production company "I Can & I Will Productions". She developed projects at CBS and The CW that are centered around the Latino community. In 2018, it was announced that she would produce and star in Netflix romantic comedy film Someone Great, which was released on April 19, 2019.

In 2019, Rodriguez starred as the titular character in Miss Bala.

Personal life

In an interview, Rodriguez revealed that she has suffered from Hashimoto's disease, a thyroid condition, since the age of 19. In a 2014 interview, she said, "I grew up Catholic. I have Jewish in my family and I attend a Christian church in Hollywood. I am basically all over the place".

She began fellow actor Joe LoCicero in 2016. On August 7, 2018, Rodriguez confirmed in an interview with "Us Weekly" that she and LoCicero are engaged. On May 6, 2019, Gina announced on her Instagram profile, that they got married on May 4, 2019. Justin Baldoni officiated the ceremony.

#MovementMondays

In January 2016, Rodriguez launched 'Movement Mondays', a call to celebrate Latinx performers and their work, by tweeting a favorite artist with #movementmondays, every Monday. Rodriguez encourages people to support their favourite actors to influence the money flow of the industry, creating a place for the 55 million Latinos in the U.S. to see themselves reflected in the arts by supporting one another.[2]

Awards

2015 Golden Globes Winner for Best Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical[3]

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2019 Someone Great Jenny Young Lead
2018 Annihilation Anya Thorsen
2017 The Star Mary
2017 Ferdinand Una Animated film
2016 Deepwater Horizon Andrea Fleytas
2016 Sticky Notes Natalia
2014 C'est Jane Jane Main role (short film)
2013 Sleeping With The Fishes Alexis Fish
2013 Enter The Dangerous Mind Adrienne
2012 Filly Brown Majo Tonorio Title role
2012 California Winter Ofelia Ramirez
2011 Go For It! Gina
TELEVISION
Year Title Role Notes
2014–present Jane the Virgin Jane Villanueva Protagonist
2013 Rizzoli & Isles Lourdes Santana Episode: "Built for Speed"
2013 Longmire Lorna Dove 1 episode
2012 No Names Megan 3 episodes
2011-2012 The Bold and the Beautiful Beverly 17 episodes (11 uncredited)
2011 The Mentalist Elvia Episode: "Pink Tops"
2011 Happy Endings Rita Episode: "Why Can't You Read Me?"
2010 Army Wives Marisol Evans 3 episodes
2010 10 Things I Hate About You Danica 1 episode
2009 Eleventh Hour Robin 1 episode
2004 Law & Order Inez Soriano/Yolanda 2 episodes

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