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Gina Rodriguez

Gina Rodriguez

Birthday: 30 July 1984, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Birth Name: Virginia Ernestine Rodriguez
Height: 161 cm

Named the "next big thing" and one of the "top 35 Latinos under 35," by The Hollywood Reporter, Gina Rodriguez's profile has been rising steadily since her breakout performanc ...Show more

Gina Rodriguez
I don't want the Latino community to think I think the reason Latino films are not doing well is bec Show more I don't want the Latino community to think I think the reason Latino films are not doing well is because of us. It is not fully our responsibility. Hide
I love relatable stories. I love relatable stories.
I felt very vulnerable after 'Sleeping with the Fishes'; I gained weight for the role. I felt a bit Show more I felt very vulnerable after 'Sleeping with the Fishes'; I gained weight for the role. I felt a bit out of my skin in the movie, and it was hard to watch. Hide
What makes characters real are details, and if you're crafting a person from scratch, you're probabl Show more What makes characters real are details, and if you're crafting a person from scratch, you're probably not going to pay as much attention to a question like, 'Does this person bite their nails?' Hide
I try to keep in mind that it's a long journey. It's not a race. It's about staying focused, continu Show more I try to keep in mind that it's a long journey. It's not a race. It's about staying focused, continuing to do good work, make my family and community proud; that's all I really want to do... and pay my bills. Hide
I've specifically decided to say no to projects that weren't advancing Latinos, that weren't showing Show more I've specifically decided to say no to projects that weren't advancing Latinos, that weren't showing us in a positive light, roles that were gratuitous and spreading untruths. Hide
I can live in L.A. as a struggling artist. I cannot live in New York as a struggling artist. I can live in L.A. as a struggling artist. I cannot live in New York as a struggling artist.
I started salsa dancing with a few different companies and started touring the country. It was fanta Show more I started salsa dancing with a few different companies and started touring the country. It was fantastic, but I realized that I really wanted to talk every time we were performing. That's a problem because when you're dancing, if you stop to talk, that's not really cool to the other dancers. Hide
I'm not messing with skiing. You can't get this Puerto Rican on the slope. Uh-uh. I'm not messing with skiing. You can't get this Puerto Rican on the slope. Uh-uh.
It's clear to me that execs need to step outside of their office and really look at life. We are in Show more It's clear to me that execs need to step outside of their office and really look at life. We are in interracial relationships. We speak multiple languages. We're multiple religions inside of that. I have Jewish ancestors. My sister converted to Judaism. I have Christians and Catholics and Buddhists in my family. I have multiracial, multiethnic relationships. We need to start casting color-blind because there is no specific anymore. Hide
I dream big, baby. I want to do thrillers, I want to do smart David Lynch-type mysteries. I dream big, baby. I want to do thrillers, I want to do smart David Lynch-type mysteries.
When I got out of college, I booked a movie called 'Go for It!' with Lionsgate, came out here, and I Show more When I got out of college, I booked a movie called 'Go for It!' with Lionsgate, came out here, and I've been acting ever since - or trying, constantly trying. Hide
'Filly Brown' gave me the wings to fly, but red carpets are still very uncomfortable. 'Filly Brown' gave me the wings to fly, but red carpets are still very uncomfortable.
I will play the characters with last names like Sanchez and Gonzalez until the day I die, but I also Show more I will play the characters with last names like Sanchez and Gonzalez until the day I die, but I also want to play the 'Michelle Smiths.' Hide
Acting is how I'll be able to change how Latinos are viewed in media and change how little girls see Show more Acting is how I'll be able to change how Latinos are viewed in media and change how little girls see and talk about themselves. Hide
This industry is all about work, and just because Sundance exposed me to the world, it is my job to Show more This industry is all about work, and just because Sundance exposed me to the world, it is my job to stay deserving in that world. The work never ends; the hustle just get harder, and you get stronger! Hide
I think all Latino actors want to be storytellers first. I want to be an actor first, and then I wan Show more I think all Latino actors want to be storytellers first. I want to be an actor first, and then I want to be Latina. Hide
I grew up in Chicago, so hip-hop has always been a part of my life. I grew up in Chicago, so hip-hop has always been a part of my life.
I went to college at NYU for acting, since acting was my dream from very young. I did a lot of hip-h Show more I went to college at NYU for acting, since acting was my dream from very young. I did a lot of hip-hop courses while I was there. I helped co-write a hip-hop production for the main stage of NYU, but I never touched rap. Hide
I like to peel it and share it with friends. You can spread the love with an orange. I like to peel it and share it with friends. You can spread the love with an orange.
I do not devalue the role of a maid or nanny, or the stereotypical roles that some members of our fa Show more I do not devalue the role of a maid or nanny, or the stereotypical roles that some members of our family have actually done to feed our families in real life. Hide
I've learned a lot about what kind of actor I want or do not want to be while being on set. I sit ba Show more I've learned a lot about what kind of actor I want or do not want to be while being on set. I sit back and observe how other actors treat the totem pole of set politics. Hide
I think when you work really hard and you help others, God helps you get what you want. I think when you work really hard and you help others, God helps you get what you want.
Latinos don't go out and support their own films, but at the same time, it's not their responsibilit Show more Latinos don't go out and support their own films, but at the same time, it's not their responsibility. Hide
I love telling stories that allow people to be less afraid to tell theirs. I love telling stories that allow people to be less afraid to tell theirs.
I was a salsa dancer for the majority of my life, from, like, 7 to 17, and did the World Salsa Congr Show more I was a salsa dancer for the majority of my life, from, like, 7 to 17, and did the World Salsa Congresses. I realized that I wanted to continue obviously to be a performer. But in my household, being an actor and jumping into acting is not really accepted. Hide
Every morning, my dad would have me looking in the mirror and repeat, 'Today is going to be a great Show more Every morning, my dad would have me looking in the mirror and repeat, 'Today is going to be a great day; I can, and I will.' Hide
What I will not do is continue to perpetuate stereotypes. I'm the daughter of a maid; why do I have Show more What I will not do is continue to perpetuate stereotypes. I'm the daughter of a maid; why do I have to also play a maid? My mom was a maid so I didn't have to be a maid. Hide
Being an actress wasn't realistic. I knew that I was going to have to do it in a way that would spea Show more Being an actress wasn't realistic. I knew that I was going to have to do it in a way that would speak to my parents. So I went to NYU Tisch School of the Arts for theater, and I studied at the conservatory. Hide
I've been very lucky; God has done amazing things for me. I've been very lucky; God has done amazing things for me.
With each dream accomplished, bigger ones are put in their place. With each dream accomplished, bigger ones are put in their place.
I started performing very young as a salsa dancer, and every time I was on that stage dancing, all I Show more I started performing very young as a salsa dancer, and every time I was on that stage dancing, all I knew was that I wanted to speak. I wanted the music to stop, and I wanted to speak. Hide
I am not going to take a role because there's money. It might extend my checkbook, but not my integr Show more I am not going to take a role because there's money. It might extend my checkbook, but not my integrity. Hide
I learned a lot from Ana Ortiz, who plays my sister in 'Sleeping with the Fishes'. I learned a lot from Ana Ortiz, who plays my sister in 'Sleeping with the Fishes'.
I started small with commercials and print. I started small with commercials and print.
I grew up dancing salsa - you know, a traditional Puerto Rican dance. I grew up dancing salsa - you know, a traditional Puerto Rican dance.
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