Gina is currently my favourite actress. I’ve been binge-watching Jane the Virgin and she’s completely adorable as the character of Jane Villaneuva. If you haven’t already checked out Jane the Virgin, please do, it’s intensely enjoyable and you will never be bored. Her acting chops aren’t even the most impressive thing about Gina, she is also an advocate for diversity, women’s rights, empowerment and education.
She’s been acting since 2004 and seemed to really pick up steam from 2008 onwards. Gina is highly educated, attending NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, the Atlantic Theater Company and Experimental Theatre Wing where she graduated with a BA in Fine Arts. GIna has won several awards; Rising Star of the Year (Young Hollywood Awards), Best Actress – Comedy (EWwy Awards), Best Actress – Television (Imagen Awards), Rising Star Award (Dorian Awards) and Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy TV Series (Golden Globes). If her acting in Jane the Virgin is any indication, she deserves all those awards and more.
Gina is from Chicago, the youngest daughter of Magali and Genaro Rodriguez. She was born Virginia Ernestine Rodriguez and is of Puerto Rican descent. Education was very important in her family and she’s carried that forward to try and help others achieve their educational dreams. Gina is a member of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s Board of Directors which supports higher education for American Hispanics. She helped to raise money for the “Be Good to Each Other Campaign” with The Parental Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights. She is also part of Naja, a lingerie line that shares its profits to pay for school supplies, uniforms, etc. for the children of employees. The company primarily employs single mothers and gives them a flexible work environment to care for their families. The company also produces lingerie for women of all shapes and sizes with an emphasis on body positivity.
Gina started the We Will Foundation to give less fortunate students access to scholarships and empower young people through the arts while being inclusive of all races, genders, body types and socioeconomic statuses.
This is only the beginning for Gina (at least I hope) and I can see amazing things in her future. She’s bringing a lot of light to the world and I can’t wait to see what she does next.
“Today is going to be a great day; I can, and I will.” – Genaro Rodriguez, Gina’s father.
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