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C.   /   09.41.2017   /   0 Comments

Gina is gracing the cover of the October issue of Shape magazine. She looks absolutely phenomenal on the cover and outtakes. Be sure to check out part of the interview below as well as the video that was shot during the shoot. Shape will be on newsstands September 12!

“I’m the strongest I’ve ever been,” says Gina, 33. “Doing Muay Thai taught me so much about my body. Now I view it as an engine that keeps me active and healthy.”

This way of thinking has been a revelation for Gina, who was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease—an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the thyroid and causes symptoms such as fatigue and muscle pain—right after she filmed the pilot for Jane. Once she started practicing Muay Thai regularly, however, “I felt very stealthy and quick,” Gina says. “It was an amazing transformation.”

The extra energy she gets from pushing her body is powering up the rest of her life too. In addition to working on Jane, Gina is shooting a movie in Mexico and is the voice of Una in the animated film Ferdinand, which is out in December. Add to that the role of CEO and president of her own production company. “I’m living my dream,” she says. “I want to say to women who are reading this story, try anything you want. You’re strong and durable.”

Here’s how Gina taps into her grit and how you can too.

Find what drives you.
“My go-to workout has always been a form of fight training. My father was a boxing referee. He taught my sisters and me how to box at a very young age, which was fantastic for our confidence, athleticism, and discipline. This past year, I learned how to do Muay Thai. I went to Thailand with my boyfriend, Joe, for a month, and we trained with champions. To do Muay Thai, you have to build up your strength and stamina. It’s mind over matter; you’re pushing yourself. What I like best about it is the sense of inner strength it gives me. Knowing I can protect myself is a powerful feeling.” (Gina‘s on our list of badass celebrities who will inspire you to take up martial arts.)

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C.   /   09.26.2017   /   0 Comments

Gina’s production company I Can & I Will Productions is developing two immigration centered dramas according to THR.

Gina Rodriguez’s production banner is ramping up for development season.

The Golden Globe winner has sold immigration dramas to CBS and The CW through her I Can & I Will Productions shingle, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

At CBS, Have Mercy is based on the German format Dr. Illegal. The hourlong follows a Latina doctor unable to practice when she immigrates to Miami who begins work as a nurse’s assistant, but risks everything when she opens a makeshift clinic in her apartment to serve the community.

Rodriguez optioned Dr. Illegal when she signed her multiyear overall deal with CBS Television Studios in January.

Queen of the South co-executive producer Dailyn Rodriguez will write the script, and exec produce alongside Intrigue Entertainment’s Tariq Jalil and Lucas Carter, as well as Gina Rodriguez and her producing partner Emily Gipson. CBS TV Studios will produce.

Dailyn Rodriguez’s credits include The Night Shift, The Glades and Lie to Me. She is repped by Rothman Brecher Ehrich Livingston and Jackoway Tyerman.

At The CW, the light hourlong Illegal centers on 16-year-old Rafael, a charming but bumbling high school student just trying to survive puberty. But when this all-American teenager discovers that he is not American at all, his perfect honor roll world is turned upside down.

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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.”

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C.   /   04.06.2017   /   0 Comments

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.

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