Lead actress in the CW comedy-drama series, Jane the Virgin and Founder of I Can & I Will Productions, Gina Rodriguez truly fits the mold of being a WorkParty starter.
Coming from a childhood in Chicago, Gina stays humble with her success and is passionate about offering other women opportunities every chance she gets. One of our favorite quotes of the day?
As the keynote at the Fossil Pop-Up, Gina’s passion for female empowerment was contagious. When speaking on the success of Jane the Virgin, Gina mentioned, “What is so amazing about Jane the Virgin isn’t JUST that Jane is a Latina, but she’s a woman.” Growing up, Gina noticed the lack of representation in the media and looked at it as an open opportunity to show what she can do in the industry. Reflecting on the success of the recent box office hit, Black Panther, she said moments of representation so powerful like this, prove that you can never tell us that we are not profitable. You can never tell us that people do not want.
Gina’s recent directorial debut was a game changer. Reflecting on the many second chances that men in the entertainment industry are often provided, she knew that when her opportunity arose, it was now or never.
And she did. The episode of Jane the Virgin that Gina directed did numbers.
“I do not do anything alone. I have an amazing group of people on my team who lead me and follow me.”
“I’ve never arrived, I’m constantly a student. I’m very humbled by that.”
“I want to create art that liberates people.”
“With art, we have the ability to create tolerance and opportunity and spread love.”
“The blessing of the journey is the reminder that there are human beings trying to rise above all the hate in the world.”
“Kindness goes a long way.”
Ahead of delivering the keynote speech for Create & Cultivate’s Austin conference, the Golden Globe winner talked family, Time’s Up and her “Movement Mondays” series.
Though there were many films premiering at SXSW, Gina Rodriguez was not in town for any of them.
The day after speaking on a panel for Bumble, the Golden Globe winner was the keynote speaker at the Austin conference for Fossil and Create & Cultivate, the online platform and conference series for women “who want to create and cultivate the career of their dreams,” as the company says.
Given her noted passion for female empowerment and advocacy for representation of women and minorities in the film industry, Rodriguez seemed a no-brainer choice.
“Both of the panels I chose to do at SXSW are female empowering, female-led, female entrepreneurs, and that what I’m about,” Rodriguez says, ahead of her address. “I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths.”
Growing up, she didn’t have to look further than her own household to find women who inspired her.
“I was raised by incredible women. My two older sisters, my mother, my grandmother: I was in a house filled with women. My father was the odd man out. And he definitely always empowered us and was an ally of female empowerment and feminism — and back then those weren’t the terms that they used,” she says. “But those women. Those are definitely the women who stand out the most, when I think about the way in which I want to live my life, the way in which I made steps and decisions in my life.”
Rodriguez has long used Instagram as a platform for spreading positivity; she does a weekly series called “Movement Mondays” where she profiles an inspirational figure for her followers.
“I’ve been trying to expose under representation with minority groups. So it’s nice to start fueling the energy into new environments that want to do the same,” she says. “I think that what’s great about what’s happening in our climate right now is that everybody is participating and it just allows you to not only be uplifted by everybody’s excitement and their desire for change for gender role change, for these conversations to be happening, for you to do the same. With Time’s Up, I finally had a space where you can feel all the energy, all the excitement, all that energy for change. It’s really lovely to see that crab in a barrel social norm go away: everybody clawing at each other to get to the top, because for so long there was only one seat at the table for a woman.”
“The beautiful opening of education and knowledge showed us that there is more than one seat, and we are stronger when we work together,” she continued. “And that the reason that the boys’ club happened was because they had one. So we need a f–king girls’ club, and a girl gang. It’s just lovely to see everybody rise up and utilize their power for positivity. Because it doesn’t hurt anybody; on the contrary, it just helps everyone.”
I’ve added HD screencaps of last night’s episode of Jane the Virgin. Enjoy.
I’ve added HD screencaps of Gina from her appearance in the 2016 movie Sticky Notes. Enjoy!
A couple of days ago Gina was in attendance at the EYEspeak Summit. I’ve added HQ photos to the gallery. Her jacket looked very cool. Enjoy!
I’ve added HD screencaps to the two most recent episodes of Jane the Virgin that were missing from the gallery. Sorry for the delay. I’ve also added some missing episode stills from season 4. Enjoy!