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During the Deadline’s Contenders Emmys Panel Jennie Snyder Urman and Gina discussed what’s next for Jane this season.
Jane the Virgin EP/showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman and star Gina Rodriguez were on hand at the CBS TV Studios panel at Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys on Sunday, along with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creator/executive producer/showrunner Aline Brosh McKenna and The Late Late Show with James Corden executive producer Rob Crabbe.
The first panel was for Jane the Virgin, moderated by Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva. Rodriguez plays Jane Villanueva, a devout Latina virgin who is artificially inseminated by mistake and left to grapple with the challenges of motherhood at a young age. In Season 3 of the series, Jane endeavors to complete her graduate thesis, while dealing with the unexpected death of her husband, Michael (Brett Dier). The big question of the day was: “Why did Michael have to die?”
“It was always part of the journey that I envisioned at the beginning about a woman who really believed in fantasy and the magic of romance and had big dreams in her life. And things don’t work out like that all the time,” Urman told the audience. “It’s always been about the balance, the shift from leaving her relationship between fantasy and reality. Michael’s death — the show started with such a big earthquake for Jane when she found out she was unexpectedly pregnant, and Michael’s death was always going to be the midpoint of the show where everything changed again in her life and everything changed for everyone around her.”
Adding that in a telenovela you want to build to an ending and have that ending in sight, she continued. “Our show is about how do you go on. … Loss is always something that we all face … and I wanted to explore that and figure out how we could find the comedy and the joy after an event like that.”
Gina teamed up with LUNA to raise her voice for pay equality. Check out the video and the essay below!
As a little girl, my father instilled in me an important mantra: “I can and I will.” As Latina woman growing up in a low-income part of Chicago, there were challenges and limitations everywhere. My father’s powerful refrain helped me to push past challenges, ask for more, and create change. It’s this drive that energizes me to take a stand with LUNA to champion women, and demand equality. We are raising awareness for one of the most longstanding inequalities facing women: the gender pay gap. Together, we CAN and WILL champion change.
On average, there is a 20 percent pay gap that women face for doing the same job compared to their male counterparts—a gap that often grows larger for different ethnicities. To me, equal pay isn’t just about a dollar amount. It’s about knowing what you’re worth and a strength in knowing what you deserve. It’s about fairly and equally recognizing hard work and talent, no matter gender, ethnicity or religion. Equal pay is necessary because it tells women that they are valued, they are capable and they will be treated like anyone else doing the exact same job.
You can’t be what you can’t see, which is why I want to be a role model for girls demonstrating for them that they can do it. My hope is that they see a reflection of themselves in me and other female role models, and that they see themselves on TV and movie screens, billboards, and magazines. I want to be part of spreading the knowledge that girls CAN and WILL be CEOs, entrepreneurs, coders, athletes, and hold the lead role on a TV show. I want them to know that they can direct instead of taking direction. The more we show women in these roles, the more we empower girls and women to take action.
Gina did an interview and photoshoot for Yahoo Style. Check out the interview below. Outtakes have been added to our gallery!
“If we want to talk about real life, I slay, OK? Like, slaaayyy!” says Jane the Virgin actress Gina Rodriguez to Yahoo Style’s Joe Zee. But that’s not an answer anyone should be surprised by. At only 31, Rodriguez has already made a name for herself in the television industry, is the co-founder of Naja — a lingerie line with a female empowerment cause — and has won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.
In this episode of I Yahoo’d Myself, Rodriguez touches on everything from “how freaking stoked” she was to dance and sing with Britney Spears during an episode of her show to why makeup should be used “to just enhance our inner beauty” and how even she has fallen into Hollywood’s dangerous body image trap.
Photoshoots & Portraits > 2016 > Session 01 | Yahoo Style
Gina was a guest on Live with Kelly and Michael yesterday to promote the second season of “Jane the Virgin”. Check out the interview below.
Gina was a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night to promote the new season of “Jane the Virgin”, which starts next week. Check out the clip from the interview below.
A scan from a June issue of People Magazine has been added to our gallery. Gina was interviewed about her relationship with her dad. Massive thanks to my friend Lindsey, who is the webmaster of Rachel McAdams Online for donating the scan.
I also added a scan from the current issue of Entertainment Weekly which talks about Gina’s Emmy nomination snub. Massive thanks to my friend Claudia, who is the webmaster of The McDonnell Rule for donating the scan.