Gina Alexis [48] Rodriguez (born July 30, 1984) [49] [5] is an American actress, and model. She is best known for her role as Jane Villanueva in the CW comedy-drama series Jane the Virgin , for which she has been nominated for three Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy, winning once in 2015. [6] She also portrayed roles as Majo Tenorio in musical-drama film Filly Brown , as Beverly in the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful , and as Andrea Fleytas in Deepwater Horizon .

Early years

Gina Alexis Rodriguez was born in Chicago, Illinois, the youngest daughter of Puerto Rican [7] parents: Magali and Genaro Rodríguez, a boxing referee. [8] [9] She is the youngest of three sisters. [55] She was raised in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood on Chicago's Northwest Side. [13] [48] At the age of seven, Rodriguez performed at the salsa dance company Fantasia Juvenil. [15] Rodriguez was raised Catholic, and attended high school at St. Ignatius College Prep. She continued dancing salsa until age 17. [7] At the age of 16, she was among thirteen teenagers to be accepted into Columbia University's Theatrical Collaboration. [15] She attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. [7] She had four years of training at the Atlantic Theater Company and Experimental Theatre Wing, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2005. [15] [48] 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. [15]

Career

On October 19, 2011, Rodriguez landed the recurring role, Beverly, in the soap opera series The Bold and the Beautiful . [48] She received a role in the musical film Go for It! , for which she received a 2011 Imagen Awards nomination. [15] She appeared in Filly Brown , for which she won an Imagen Award. [5] She also was the recipient of the Best Actor Award at the First Run Film Festival in New York. [15] [48] On June 9, 2013, Gina won the Inaugural Lupe Award. [48] On April 16, 2013, during an interview, she revealed she was offered a role in the Lifetime television series Devious Maids , but had turned it down. [48] [48] On October 16, 2013, she joined the cast of the upcoming movie Sleeping With The Fishes . [48] She is also working on an album. [5] On February 23, 2014, Entertainment Weekly announced that Rodriguez would play the titular role of Jane Villanueva in Jane the Virgin . [48] [49] On June 4, 2014, Rodriguez joined the cast of the upcoming drama film Sticky Notes . [49] [49] [49] In August 2015, she co-hosted the 2015 Teen Choice Awards with Ludacris and Josh Peck. [49] She played Mary in the animated film The Star , which came out in November 2017. [74]

Personal life

Her older sister, Ivelisse Rodriguez Simon, is an investment banker, [49] [49] [49] and her middle sister, Rebecca, is a doctor. [49] In an interview, Rodriguez revealed that she had suffered from a thyroid condition since the age of 19. [32] [33] 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." [12]

Philanthropy

Rodriguez has been increasingly involved with various charities and philanthropic efforts, made possible by her rising visibility as a film and television actress. [34] Most notably, she became involved with various organizations in 2015, ranging from CustomInk to Naja Lingerie, all of which Rodriguez has stated have a special connection to her life and experiences. [35] [36]

On March 16, 2015, she was announced as a new member of the HSF’s (Hispanic Scholarship Fund) Board of Directors. The HSF is the United States’ biggest non-profit organization which supports Hispanic American higher education. Because attaining an education was the biggest priority in Rodriguez’s household, coupled with her determination to work towards a degree, she was able to work towards receiving a HSF scholarship. [37] For her placement on the Board of Directors, Rodriguez will help to support HSF in a matchless and meaningful way, therefore making sure that HSF’s mission will continue to support the original values and commitment to education. [38] Rodriguez has stated that this is a great opportunity to say thank you [to the HSF] and to help open doors for Latino students to follow. [37]

Later in 2015, PACER's (The Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) National Bullying Prevention Center teamed up with CustomInk and enlisted the help of various celebrities, Rodriguez among them, to raise money for their fifth annual "Be Good to Each Other Campaign". [35] Throughout the month of October 2015, people were encouraged to purchase a celebri-tee from CustomInk, who would donate all the proceeds from bullying prevention t-shirts to PACER. [87] Rodriguez, in designing a celebri-tee which featured the phrase "Kindness Is Always In Style" in cursive print, took a stand for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion in support of bullying prevention, and stated that her parents always taught [her] the power of thinking positively and treating others with respect. She also hopes that through the Be Good to Each Other Campaign, such a message could be continued to be spread to younger generations. [35] [88]

Also in October 2015, Rodriguez was announced as a partner of Naja, a lingerie line founded in 2014 with major ambitions to help women and the environment. Because Naja is vertically-integrated, thereby shortening manufacturing lead times by up to eighty percent, it allows the company’s savings to go towards school books, lunches, and uniforms for employees’ children, and there’s also an emphasis on a flexible work environment. [36] Having seen the hardships of single mothers through a close friend from college, Rodriguez wanted to support a company that primarily employed single mothers and allowed them to work from home and provide for their families. [6] She also cites Naja’s commitment to creating lingerie for women of all shapes and sizes and encouraging body confidence as a factor for becoming involved with the lingerie line; admitting that it was a process for her to fall in love with her own body, Rodriguez also spoke on the importance of empowering women to love their own bodies and what they wear. [6] Naja is also environmentally-conscious in its production, as more than half of all of its pieces are made of synthetics (like nylon)—that have been fabricated from recycled plastic bottles—and makes use of digital printing as a more environmentally-friendly measure. [36]

In 2017, Rodriguez, among several other artists, sang on the single " Almost Like Praying ". Sparked by Lin-Manual Miranda, creator of Broadway's Hamilton , all proceeds from the song benefited those affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. [6]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Calling It Quits Dayplayer
2008 Ten: Thirty One Neighborhood Girl Short film
2009 Osvaldo's Ana Daisy Short film
2010 Our Family Wedding Bridesmaid
2010 Little Spoon Mandy Short film
2011 Go for It! Gina
2012 Filly Brown Majo Tonorio
2012 California Winter Ofelia Ramirez
2013 Interstate Nayeli Short film
2013 Enter the Dangerous Mind Adrienne
2013 The Price We Pay Medic (voice) Short film
2013 Sleeping with the Fishes Alexis Fish
2013 Una Y Otra Y Otra Ve Girlfriend Short film
2014 Since I Laid Eyes Ilene Short film
2014 C'est Jane Jane Short film
2016 Sticky Notes Natalia
2016 Deepwater Horizon Andrea Fleytas
2017 The Star [74] Mary Voice
2017 Ferdinand Una Voice; in post-production
2018 Annihilation Anya Thorensen In post-production
2018 Smallfoot Kolka [6] Voice; in development
TBA Sharon 1.2.3. Cindy In post-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Law & Order Yolanda Episode: "Enemy"
2005 Jonny Zero Rose Episode: "La Familia"
2008 Law & Order Inez Soriano Episode: "Illegal"
2009 Eleventh Hour Robin Episode: "Subway"
2010 10 Things I Hate About You Danica Episode: "Meat Is Murder"
2010 Army Wives Marisol Evans 3 episodes
2010 My Super Psycho Sweet 16: Part 2 Courtney Ramirez Television film
2011 Happy Endings Rita Episode: "Why Can't You Read Me?"
2011 The Mentalist Elvia Episode: "Pink Tops"
2011–2012 The Bold and the Beautiful Beverly Recurring role; 15 episodes
2012 No Names Megan 3 episodes
2013 Longmire Lorna Dove Episode: "Party's Over"
2013 Rizzoli & Isles Lourdes Santana Episode: "Built for Speed"
2014 Wild Blue Pilar Robles Movie
2014–present Jane the Virgin Jane Villanueva Lead role
2016 Lip Sync Battle Herself Episode: "Gina Rodriguez vs. Wilmer Valderrama"
2019 Carmen Sandiego [6] Carmen Sandiego Voice; pre-production

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2011 Imagen Award Best Supporting Actress - Feature Film Go For It! Nominated [6]
2012 Imagen Award Best Actress - Feature Film Filly Brown Won [6]
2013 ALMA Award Achievement in Film (w/ Edward James Olmos, Michael D. Olmos and Lou Diamond Phillips) Won [6]
2014 Imagen Award Best Actress/Supporting Actress - Feature Film Sleeping with the Fishes Nominated [6]
Young Hollywood Award Rising Star of the Year N/A Won [6]
2015 Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Jane the Virgin Won [45]
Critics' Choice Award Best Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated [46]
EWwy Award Best Actress – Comedy Won [265]
Television Critics Association Individual Achievement in Comedy Nominated [49]
Gold Derby Award Breakthrough Performer of the Year Won [36]
Comedy Lead Actress Nominated
Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actress: Comedy Nominated [50]
Choice TV: Breakout Star Nominated
Choice TV: Liplock (shared with Justin Baldoni) Nominated
Imagen Awards Best Actress – Television Won [107]
Online Film & Television Association Award Best Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated [52]
Women's Image Network Award Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated [44]
Dorian Award Rising Star Award N/A Won [53]
2016 Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Jane the Virgin Nominated [8]
NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated [8]
Critics' Choice Award Best Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated [8]
Satellite Award Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated [8]
Imagen Award Best Actress – Television Won [8]
CinemaCon Award Female Star of Tomorrow N/A Won [8]
2017 Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Jane the Virgin Nominated [8]
People's Choice Award Favorite Comedic TV Actress Nominated [8]
Black Reel Award Outstanding Actress, Comedy Series Nominated
MTV Award Best Actor in a Show Nominated [8]
Teen Choice Award Choice TV Comedy Actress Nominated [8]