When The CW premiered its Monday night comedy Jane the Virgin last fall, they introduced a fresh new face: Gina Rodriguez, 30, who won a 2015 Golden Globe for her role as a young, single woman who gets pregnant when her doctor artificially inseminates her by mistake.
When you were a struggling actress, why did you turn down roles that you felt were stereotypes for Latina actresses?
“It was important to reflect the life on screen that I had inside my home. I just had to be patient. Luckily, I waited.”
What was your Chicago childhood like?
“We grew up in the ‘hood. I wore my sister’s clothes until I was, like, 15 years old. That isn’t woe-is-me, that was just reality. But my eldest sister started her own private equity firm, and my other sister took out loans to go to medical school. And our parents worked nonstop to make sure we had the best education.”
Do you think Jane opens the door for conversations about sex between parents and kids?
“It definitely opens up a door not only on sex, but sexual orientation, immigration and the way we treat one another.”
What do you do in your downtime?
“I love to travel. Every second I get, I want to go somewhere new, learn a new language and a new culture. I want to be exposed to as many things I don’t know as possible.”