Golden Globe winner GINA RODRIGUEZ's (Mary) 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, Rodriguez continues to be noticed
for her incredible acting ability, philanthropy, producing, and Movement
Mondays. The Los Angeles Times has referred to her as "forthright and
formidable, a festival ingĂ©nue 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 and awarded
Variety's Humanitarian Award.
Rodriguez can currently be seen playing the title role on the CW series "Jane
the Virgin," which recently returned for its fourth season. It is for her work
on the show that Rodriguez won the Golden Globe for Best Actress - Television
Series Musical or Comedy in 2015. "Jane the Virgin" has also gained recognition
and been honored with Golden Globe nomination for Best Television Series -
Musical or Comedy in 2016 and 2017 and a Critics' Choice Award for Best Comedy
Series in 2015 and 2016 as well as an America Film Institute Award, People's
Choice Award and Peabody Award. The show is based on the successful Venezuelan
telenovela "Juana la Virgen," the series centers on Jane, a hard-working
religious girl who, due to a series of outrageous events, is accidentally
arterially inseminated. The series is from writer Jennie Snyder Urman and
executive produced by Ben Silverman, Gary Pearl, and Jorge Granier.
Rodriguez will also lend her voice to Twentieth Century Fox's animated film
Ferdinand in which she will play a hedgehog named Una alongside John Cena, Kate
McKinnon, Anthony Anderson and Daveed Diggs. Based on the beloved children's
story about a bull who would rather smell the flowers than fight, the film is
scheduled to be released on December 15.
She will soon be seen in Paramount's Annihilation alongside Natalie Portman,
Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tessa Thompson. Written and directed by Alex Garland
(Ex Machina), the film will tell the story of a biologist that signs up for a
dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don't apply. The film will
be released on February 23, 2018.
She recently wrapped production on Catherine Hardwicke's Miss Bala, to be
released next year.
Rodriguez was recently seen on the big screen in Peter Berg's Sept. 2016 release
Deepwater Horizon opposite Mark Wahlberg. The film details the 2010 explosion on
the BP rig that resulted in the biggest oil spill in U.S. history. Gina
portrayed Andrea Fleytas, the 23-year-old, who was monitoring the oil rig's
safety systems in the moments before the explosion.
In addition to acting, Rodriguez is a leader in supporting and empowering women
and diversity. This passion led Rodriguez to create, with her production
company, I Can & I Will Productions, the first annual Marie Claire's Young
Women's Honors. Young Women's Honors is a global platform that discovers, honors
and celebrates women who demonstrate confidence, intelligence and leadership,
that will inspire others to follow. The second annual installation of the awards
show is scheduled for 2018.
Additionally, Rodriguez created another passion project, Movement Mondays which
has her highlighting artists of diversity each Monday to her social media
Currently, Rodriguez is working on a book being published by Simon & Schuster
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 in 2018.
Rodriguez 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.
Born and raised in Chicago, Gina currently lives in Los Angeles, and is a
graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
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