Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez’s profile has been rising steadily since her breakout performance as the titular character in Filly Brown at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. Named the “Next Big Thing” and one of the “Top 35 Latinos Under 35,” by The Hollywood Reporter, Gina continues to be noticed by many due to her incredible acting chops, raw talent and addicting personality. The Los Angeles Times has referred to her as “forthright and formidable, a festival ingénue who deserves to be discussed in the same breath as Elizabeth Olsen and Jennifer Lawrence.” She was recently named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Gina can currently be seeing playing the title role on the CW series Jane The Virgin on Mondays at 9 p.m. The show was recently picked up for its third season. It is for her work on the show that Gina won the Golden Globe for “Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy” in 2015.
In addition to filming, Gina is currently working on publishing a book encompassing all of the lessons she has learned from her father, Genaro Rodriguez. The book titled, I Can And I Will: Tools My Daddy Gave Me, is expected to be released later in 2016 by Simon & Schuster.
Growing up, Gina started performing at age seven with the Chicago-based salsa dance company Fantasia Juvenil. She went on to work with other companies including Los Soneros Del Swing, performing at several Salsa Congress’ in Chicago, California, New York and Puerto Rico. At 16, Gina was one of thirteen teens to be accepted into Columbia University NY- Theatrical Collaboration taught by Richard Niles. She wrote, directed and performed original work with 12 other kids from around the world. She fell in love with New York and NYU called her name—she was accepted into the Tisch School of the Arts, and the calling was clear: theatre was it.
Gina is a grand supporter of the Latino community and is actively involved with the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, NCLR, CHCI, NALIP and Votolatino. Additionally, she recently established her We Will foundation, which is designed to focus on arts education and scholarship funding for the less fortunate, with the aim of empowering young woman.