In The CW’s Golden Globe nominated comedy series Jane The Virgin, Gina Rodriguez stars as Jane Villanueva, whose meticulous life plans are suddenly turned upside down when she is accidentally artificially inseminated.
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, Rodriguez continues to be noticed by many due to her incredible acting ability, philanthropy, producing and Movement Mondays. 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 and awarded Variety’s Humanitarian Award.
Jane The Virgin 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.
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 nominations 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 American Film Institute Award, People’s Choice Award and Peabody Award.
Next, Rodriguez will lend her voice to Sony’s animated film The Star, which is an original take on the Nativity story as told from the point of the donkey. Rodriguez will star as Mary opposite Zachary Levi’s Joseph and Steven Yuen’s Bo, a small but brave donkey who, along with his friends, becomes the accidental heroe of the greatest story ever told. The film is scheduled to be released on November 10.
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, 2017.
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, a remake of the Mexican entry for Best Foreign Film Oscar in 2011. Rodriguez stars opposite Ismael Cruz Córdova as Gloria, who after her friend goes missing in Tijuana, finds herself a pawn in a dangerous game being played by the CIA, the DEA and a charismatic young crime boss. The film is slated for a 2018 release.
Rodriguez was recently seen on the big screen in Peter Berg’s September 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. She 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 following.
Currently, she 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, she currently lives in Los Angeles, and is a graduate of New York University, Tisch School of the Arts.