GINA RO­DRIGUEZ

Albuquerque Journal - Parade - - WALTER SCOTT'S PERSONALITY -

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.”

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