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Gina Rodriguez
Gina Rodriguez at 2014 PaleyFest.jpg
Rodriguez at the 2014 PaleyFest
Gina Alexis Rodriguez

(1984-07-30) July 30, 1984 (age 34)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma materTisch School of the Arts (BFA)
Years active2004–present
Partner(s)Joe Locicero (2016-present; engaged)

Gina Alexis Rodriguez[1] (born July 30, 1984)[2][3] is an American actress. She is best known for her starring role as Jane Villanueva in The CW comedy-drama series Jane the Virgin (2014–present), for which she has received three Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy, winning once, in 2015.[4]

Rodriguez began her career in theater productions and made her screen debut in an episode of Law & Order. Her breakthrough came in 2012, in the independent musical-drama film Filly Brown. She has gone on to star in the disaster drama film Deepwater Horizon (2016), the animated comedy adventure film Ferdinand (2017), and the science fiction horror film Annihilation (2018).

Early years[edit]

Gina Alexis Rodriguez was born in Chicago, Illinois, the youngest daughter of Puerto Rican parents, Magali and Genaro Rodríguez, a boxing referee.[5][6][7] She is the youngest of three sisters.[8] She was raised in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood on Chicago's Northwest Side.[9][10]

At the age of seven, Rodriguez performed at the salsa dance company Fantasia Juvenil.[11] Rodriguez was raised Catholic, and attended high school at St. Ignatius College Prep. She continued dancing salsa until age 17.[5]

At the age of 16, she was among thirteen teenagers to be accepted into Columbia University's Theatrical Collaboration.[11] She attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.[5] She trained for four years at the Atlantic Theater Company and Experimental Theatre Wing, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2005.[11][12]

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.[11]


Rodriguez at the 2014 Alma Awards

Rodriguez made her screen debut appearing in an episode of Law & Order in 2004. She later has appeared on Eleventh Hour, Army Wives and The Mentalist. On October 19, 2011, Rodriguez landed the recurring role, Beverly, in the soap opera series The Bold and the Beautiful.[13] She received a role in the musical film Go for It!, for which she received a 2011 Imagen Awards nomination.[11]

In 2012, Rodriguez played young hip-hop artist Majo Tenorio in the independent musical-drama film Filly Brown, for which she won an Imagen Award.[3] She received good reviews for her performance in film.[14] She also was the recipient of the Best Actor Award at the First Run Film Festival in New York.[11][15] On June 9, 2013, Gina won the Inaugural Lupe Award.[16] On April 16, 2013, during an interview, she revealed she was offered a role in the Lifetime television series Devious Maids, but turned it down.[17][18] On October 16, 2013, she joined the cast of the movie Sleeping With The Fishes.[19] She is also working on an album.[3][when?]

On February 27, 2014, Entertainment Weekly announced that Rodriguez would play the titular role of Jane Villanueva in Jane the Virgin.[20][21] On June 4, 2014, Rodriguez joined the cast of the upcoming drama film Sticky Notes.[22][23][24] In August 2015, she co-hosted the 2015 Teen Choice Awards with Ludacris and Josh Peck.[25] She voiced Mary in the animated film The Star, which was released in November 2017,[26] and played Anya in the science fiction thriller film Annihilation, opposite Natalie Portman.[27] She will also voice Carmen Sandiego when Netflix releases the show in 2019.[28]

Rodriguez owns the production company I Can & I Will Productions.[29] She developed projects at CBS and The CW that are centered around the Latino community.[30] In 2018, she will produce and star Netflix romantic comedy film Someone Great.[31]

In March 2018, Netflix announced that they had acquired the live-action film rights for Carmen Sandiego and that Gina Rodriguez, who is already set to voice the character in an animated series, would star as Sandiego in the film.[32]

Personal life[edit]

In an interview, Rodriguez revealed that she has suffered from Hashimoto's disease, a thyroid condition, since the age of 19.[33][34] 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". Rodriguez and her partner Joe LoCicero have been dating since 2016. On August 7, 2018, Rodriguez confirmed in an interview with Us Weekly that she and LoCicero are engaged.[35]


Rodriguez has been increasingly involved with various charities and philanthropic efforts, made possible by her rising visibility as a film and television actress.[36] 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.[37][38]

Gina Rodriguez at the Miami premiere of Filly Brown

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.[39] 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.[40] 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.[39]

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".[37] 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.[41] 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.[37][42]

Also in October 2015, Rodriguez was announced as a partner of Naja, a lingerie line founded in 2014 with 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.[38] 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.[43] 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.[44] 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.[38]

In 2016, Rodriguez was named to Oprah's SuperSoul 100 list of visionaries and influential leaders.[45] In 2017, Rodriguez, among several other artists, sang on the single "Almost Like Praying". Sparked by Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of Broadway's Hamilton, all proceeds from the song benefited those affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.[46]



Year Title Role Notes
2008 Calling It Quits Day player
Ten: Thirty One Neighborhood Girl Short film
2009 Osvaldo's Ana Daisy
2010 Our Family Wedding Bridesmaid
Little Spoon Mandy Short film
2011 Go for It! G
2012 Filly Brown Majo Tenorio
California Winter Ofelia Ramirez
2013 Interstate Nayeli Short film
Enter the Dangerous Mind Adrienne
The Price We Pay Medic (voice) Short film
Sleeping with the Fishes Alexis Fish
Una Y Otra Y Otra Ve Girlfriend Short film
2014 Since I Laid Eyes Ilene
C'est Jane Jane
2016 Sticky Notes Natalia
Deepwater Horizon Andrea Fleytas
2017 The Star Mary (voice)
Ferdinand Una (voice)
2018 Annihilation Anya Thorensen
Smallfoot Kolka (voice)
Sharon 1.2.3. Cindy
2019 Miss Bala Gloria Meyer Post-production
Someone Great Also producer; Post-production
Untitled Miranda July Project Post-production


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"
2018 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Alicia Episode: "Jake & Amy"
2018 Animals. Narrator (voice) Episode: "Pigeons"
2018 Big Mouth Gina Alvarez (voice)
2018 Elena of Avalor Princess Marisa (voice) 2 episodes
2019 Carmen Sandiego Carmen Sandiego (voice) Lead role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2011 Imagen Award Best Supporting Actress - Feature Film Go for It! Nominated [47]
2012 Imagen Award Best Actress - Feature Film Filly Brown Won [48]
2013 ALMA Award Achievement in Film (with Edward James Olmos, Michael D. Olmos, and Lou Diamond Phillips) Won [49]
2013 Inaugural Lupe Special Achievement Award Honoree Gina Rodriguez Won
2014 Imagen Award Best Actress/Supporting Actress - Feature Film Sleeping with the Fishes Nominated [50]
Young Hollywood Award Rising Star of the Year N/A Won [51]
2015 Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Jane the Virgin Won [52]
Critics' Choice Award Best Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated [53]
EWwy Award Best Actress – Comedy Won [54]
Television Critics Association Individual Achievement in Comedy Nominated [55]
Gold Derby Award Breakthrough Performer of the Year Won [56]
Comedy Lead Actress Nominated
Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actress - Comedy Nominated [57]
Choice TV Breakout Star Nominated
Choice TV Liplock (with Justin Baldoni) Nominated
Imagen Awards Best Actress – Television Won [58]
Online Film & Television Association Award Best Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated [59]
Women's Image Network Award Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated [60]
Dorian Award Rising Star Award N/A Won [61]
2015 Girl Power Media Role Model Honoree Jane the Virgin Won
2015 NHMC Impact Gala Award Honoree Jane the Virgin Won
2015 Feelies Award Best Actress Jane the Virgin Won
2016 Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Jane the Virgin Nominated [62]
NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated [63]
Critics' Choice Award Best Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated [64]
Satellite Award Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated [65]
Imagen Award Best Actress – Television Won [66]
CinemaCon Award Female Star of Tomorrow N/A Won [67]
2016 Unite 4 Humanity Award Honoree Gina Rodriguez Won
2016 Lip Sync Battle Award Performer Gina Rodriguez Won
2016 Feelies Award Best Actress Gina Rodriguez Won
2016 T.V. Line Performance of the week Hnoree Gina Rodriguez Won
2017 Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Jane the Virgin Nominated [68]
People's Choice Award Favorite Comedic TV Actress Nominated [69]
Black Reel Award Outstanding Actress, Comedy Series Nominated
MTV Award Best Actor in a Show Nominated [70]
Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actress - Comedy Nominated [71]
2017 Icon Hispanic Heritage Month Honoree Won
2017 ACLU Social Bill of Rights Award Honoree Won
2017 Tell Tale Award Best Actress Won
2017 Tell Tale Award Jane and Petra Friendship Won
2018 MTV Award Best Kiss (with Justin Baldoni) Nominated [72]
Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actress - Comedy Won [73]
Choice TV Liplock (with Justin Baldoni) Nominated
2018 Tell tale Award Best Actress Jane the Virgin Won
2018 Eva Langoria Foundation Award Honoree for Activism Gina Rodriguez Won

See also[edit]


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