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Jane Villanueva in “Jane The Virgin”
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, who has picked up her life after the tragic death of her husband, Michael, has fallen in love with her baby-by-accidental-insemination-daddy, Rafael and is a most importantly a published author.
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 artificially 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.
Rodriguez next stars as the title character in “Miss Bala,” an action thriller about a woman who gets pulled into the violent world of organized crime in Mexico. The film, directed by Catherine Hardwicke, and also starring Ismael Cruz Cordova and Anthony Mackie, notably includes a 95% Latinx cast and crew. Sony Pictures will release February 1st.
On the small screen, Rodriguez produces and lends her voice to the Netflix animated series “Carmen Sandiego,” playing the title character and reviving the popular character which audiences fell in love with in the 1980s and 1990s. The series debuted January 18th.
Rodriguez recently wrapped production on Miranda July’s independent “Unititled Heist Thriller” starring opposite Evan Rachel Wood and Richard Jenkins. The film, which is in post-production, will be released later this year. In April, Rodriguez stars and produces “Someone Great,” starring opposite Lakeith Stanfield, Britney Snow, Dewanda Wise and Rosario Dawson. This film tells the story of a woman who travels with her two best friends to New York City after a nasty break up.
Other film credits include Paramount’s “Annihilation,” opposite Natalie Portman for director Alex Garland; Lionsgate’s “Deepwater Horizon,” opposite Mark Wahlberg and Kurt Russell for director Peter Berg; Twentieth Century Fox’s animated film “Ferdinand,” and Warner Bros. animated film “Smallfoot.”
In addition to acting, Rodriguez is a leader in supporting inclusion and the empowerment of women. This passion led her to create her production company, I Can and I Will Productions, with a mission to create art that tells stories from the traditionally unseen and unheard. She also established the We Will Foundation with her family, which focuses on arts education and scholarship funding for the less fortunate, with the aim of championing and lifting up young women and men.