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Posted by Girl Jay on February 26, 2018

Lots of updates done today in the backend of the gallery. I’ve started replacing the small Jane the Virgin episode stills with hiqh quality ones as well as adding missing episode stills, promotional images, posters and cover art, and on the set photos. I’ve also added high definition screencaptures of Gina from all of season 4’s episodes. On top of that, I’ve replaced many low quality photo sessions of Gina throughout the years with high quality ones as well as a couple scans. I have lots more photos to add in all 3 categories: Jane the Virgin, Photo Sessions, and Magazine Scans, so be sure to check back. Big thanks to my friend Kayla for her help with getting the Jane the Virgin screencaptures. Check out the updated categories below as listing them all would take ages. Enjoy!

Posted by Girl Jay on February 21, 2018

The actress is taking on Hollywood, taking over her health, and taking it one day at a time.

When I spoke to Gina Rodriguez on a recent Wednesday night, I was still pumped from attending a press screening of her latest movie, Annihilation, earlier that day (a fact that Rodriguez met with delighted laughter, admitting that even she hadn’t seen it yet). I have very high standards for sci-fi and horror films—I expect to startle and gasp and cover my eyes—and this movie didn’t just clear my very high bar; it vaulted over it. But to be honest, even if it had failed to register on my scare-o-meter, I would have loved it for what it is at its heart: in Rodriguez’s words, “a human story and…bad bitches going into action.”

In the film, which lands in theaters nationwide on Friday, February 23, Rodriguez plays Anya Thorensen, a paramedic who has volunteered to explore The Shimmer, a mystifying, dangerous, ever-expanding territory. Those who go into The Shimmer often don’t return.

Venturing into the force field alongside Anya are women toting guns, ammo, and advanced degrees in STEM: biologist Lena (Natalie Portman), physicist Josie (Tessa Thompson), geologist Cass (Tuva Novotny), and psychologist Dr. Ventress (Jennifer Jason Leigh). Together, they’re determined to do what practically no one else has: enter The Shimmer, discover what it is, and return unscathed.

The role fit Rodriguez like Anya’s well-worn fatigues. “The classic roles that are afforded to me—here, Gina, this is what you’re capable of doing—are usually roles I don’t even relate to,” she says, explaining that she identifies more with layered parts like the main character in Lady Bird than with parts inscribed by one-dimensional Latina stereotypes. Playing Anya? “It felt like butter.”

When I spoke to Gina Rodriguez on a recent Wednesday night, I was still pumped from attending a press screening of her latest movie, Annihilation, earlier that day (a fact that Rodriguez met with delighted laughter, admitting that even she hadn’t seen it yet). I have very high standards for sci-fi and horror films—I expect to startle and gasp and cover my eyes—and this movie didn’t just clear my very high bar; it vaulted over it. But to be honest, even if it had failed to register on my scare-o-meter, I would have loved it for what it is at its heart: in Rodriguez’s words, “a human story and…bad bitches going into action.”

In the film, which lands in theaters nationwide on Friday, February 23, Rodriguez plays Anya Thorensen, a paramedic who has volunteered to explore The Shimmer, a mystifying, dangerous, ever-expanding territory. Those who go into The Shimmer often don’t return.

Venturing into the force field alongside Anya are women toting guns, ammo, and advanced degrees in STEM: biologist Lena (Natalie Portman), physicist Josie (Tessa Thompson), geologist Cass (Tuva Novotny), and psychologist Dr. Ventress (Jennifer Jason Leigh). Together, they’re determined to do what practically no one else has: enter The Shimmer, discover what it is, and return unscathed.

The role fit Rodriguez like Anya’s well-worn fatigues. “The classic roles that are afforded to me—here, Gina, this is what you’re capable of doing—are usually roles I don’t even relate to,” she says, explaining that she identifies more with layered parts like the main character in Lady Bird than with parts inscribed by one-dimensional Latina stereotypes. Playing Anya? “It felt like butter.”

At first, Rodriguez says, Hashimoto’s felt like “the curse of a lifetime,” especially in an industry that places so much emphasis on size. The disease, though treatable, has no cure. For years after being diagnosed with hypothyroidism at 19 and Hashimoto’s at 26, and putting on weight that wouldn’t budge, Rodriguez preferred to deny what she was going through rather than focus her efforts on doing whatever she could to feel better. “To the core of my being, I know what it’s like to feel like there is no way I can win this, so where do I even begin,” she reflects.

She tried to rebel against what she knew her body needed by not taking her medicine on time, eating foods that she knew would make her feel terrible (looking at you, dairy), or deciding working out wasn’t worth it if it wouldn’t change her body. Eventually, she realized something had to give: “[Hashimoto’s] affects so many aspects of your life. I’ve had it for so many years…that rebellion of not taking care of myself can’t exist anymore.”

Over the years, she started taking her treatments seriously, changing her diet, and working out for health instead of weight loss. Though weight comes off naturally as a result of all her efforts combined, it’s also complicated by what roles she’s working on at a given time. To prepare for her intensely physical role in Annihilation, she weight trained and went vegan, so naturally, her body changed. When she spends 16-hour days on-set playing the titular character in the CW series Jane the Virgin—a role for which she’s determined not to lose weight—she’s at what she calls her “comfortable” weight, which she can maintain without an intense workout regimen and diet changes.

“I’m OK in both of those,” she says. “I’m not less than because I’m 10, 15, 20 pounds more.” On the flip side, she knows it’s not inherently better—that she’s not inherently better—when she happens to weigh less, and that her handling of weight doesn’t say anything about her other than that she’s human.

Five months ago, Rodriguez started working with “a great new nutritionist,” who identified a bunch of common foods that were getting in the way of her health. When she stays away from them, she says, “so many of my ailments are gone. It feels like freedom. This is new. I’m 33. It’s taken me a while.”

She qualifies: “I can’t say I’m on point, always on it, because, man, I’m flawed.” A raft of most-craved foods rolls off her tongue with ease. “I want the burger and the ice cream and the red velvet cupcakes. I want the croissant with my coffee, even though gluten doesn’t do me justice.” But it helps to remember it’s all about baby steps, about making healthy living a daily, or even hourly, decision. “When you say, just today, I’m going to choose this because I know it’s going to make me feel better, that’s not such a crazy Mount Everest.”

Her boyfriend of one and a half years, Joe LoCicero, has been a cornerstone of the network of friends and family supporting her as she navigates the choppy waters of chronic illness. An actor and martial artist who practices Muay Thai (Thai boxing), LoCicero traveled to Thailand with Rodriguez in late 2016 so they could train in the sport together.

“[He] has really helped me have a healthier perspective on [weight], that stupid number that can destroy us and feel like it’s equivalent to our self-worth,” she says. “This love is so easy,” she adds, describing her relationship with LoCicero as one of “respect and kindness, and generosity, and compromise, and sacrifice.”

It bothers her that another symptom of Hashimoto’s—memory troubles—can make it seem like she doesn’t always appreciate the little details that make their relationship so great. While she says that her forgetfulness hasn’t interfered with memorizing lines, an important part of her job, “I can’t remember maybe a sweet thing my boyfriend has said to me a week ago. Or what we ate yesterday,” she laments. “It makes me feel shame. I don’t want him to think that I’m not remembering our special moments together. And that stinks.”

Rodriguez rose to fame in 2014 on Jane the Virgin (where she and LoCicero met). The show introduced enthusiastic swaths of America to the delicious drama of Latin American soap operas known as telenovelas. It has everything: murder, romance, and Jane’s accidental artificial insemination as a virgin, to boot. After its first season, the series won a People’s Choice Award and a Peabody, and Rodriguez took home a Golden Globe for best actress in a TV comedy or musical.

“Jane is just the greatest thing that ever happened to me,” Rodriguez says. But she is quick to point out that she works her ass off to help it—and herself—succeed.

“I didn’t know my worth [at the start of my career] because the industry had such a specific perspective on what it should be as a brown woman,” Rodriguez says. “I had to start saying, ‘Well, I know if I work hard, I can show my worth,’ and I have been doing nothing but that.”

Rodriguez, who studied film at NYU, recently directed her first episode of the show, now in its fourth season. She also started a production company, I Can And I Will Productions, through which she is developing multiple projects with CBS Studios that portray the Latino experience. Stepping behind the camera, she realized it wasn’t some immutable force deciding what she was capable of and what she deserved. It was just other people. That knowledge primed her to advocate for herself. “Especially women, and especially women of color, really have to fight for equal pay,” she says. “My white sisters definitely have a higher starting point, my black sisters as well. Latinos really do live in the lower end of pay.”

A vocal advocate of the Me Too and Time’s Up movements, Rodriguez is harnessing her power to help fight for women not just in her industry, but in all of them. “It’s empowering and encouraging and viscerally stimulating to be a part and lend the little voice I have to this giant cause of beautiful change towards a more fair world, a more fair environment,” Rodriguez says. “It doesn’t take away from anyone or anything. It just makes everything easier and clearer and kinder and makes room for more possibility.”

When I ask about her biggest professional goals, she doesn’t hesitate. “I’m ready to do my movie,” she says, meaning that she wants to direct a feature she’s “been mulling over for a while.” “Whether that means success or failure, I’m ready to go for it.” Other items on the list: producing more, along with creating more positions—both in front of and behind the camera—for women and Latino people, a cause she takes particularly seriously amidst today’s political tensions.

“Obviously I come from a very specific lens and a very specific perspective,” she says. “I of course would love to see Latino communities uplifted and celebrated in a positive light, because our administration loves to show us in such a negative light. That’s going to be a part of my fight.”

Whatever she’s fighting for (or against)—whether it’s better representation in media, chronic illness, fair treatment for women in low-wage service jobs, or a terrifying evil force swallowing people and cities and mutating the world as we know it—Rodriguez is learning that you’ve gotta look out for number one, too.

“I’ve just recently started getting really debilitating panic attacks and anxiety,” she tells me. At various times, she’s pinned them on first-time-director nerves and the pressure to strike the right tone in her show, on stress and life changes, on “balancing reality with fiction, and reality with the bullshit of social media, the kind of psychological change that’s happening in our climate, period.” But she also realized she was taking too much thyroid medication, which was causing heart palpitations that spiraled into anxiety attacks. She lowered her dosage, and the attacks went away.

“It is really important for us to be super self-aware,” she says. “I wasn’t banking on that. I wasn’t like, hey, yeah, let me get a disease that makes me have to be super aware. I don’t want to be super aware of myself all of the time.”

After our call, I think about how Rodriguez describes Anya: “She was that person, the one that pays the bills and gets shit done and fixes the car and fixes the leak.” I think about bad bitches going into action, both on and off the screen. But most of all, I think about Rodriguez’s reminder that every woman determined to make things happen—herself and Anya included—is really just a human, after all.
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Posted by Girl Jay on February 16, 2018

Onscreen in the sci-fi odyssey “Annihilation,” an expedition ventures deep into a foreboding terrain known only as Area X, carrying guns and harboring mounting suspicions about one another.

These soldiers — a psychologist (Jennifer Jason Leigh), a biologist (Natalie Portman), a paramedic (Gina Rodriguez), a physicist (Tessa Thompson) and an anthropologist (Tuva Novotny) — enter what is about to become a living, breathing nightmare, an environmental disaster zone without scientific explanation, as filtered through the mind of “Ex Machina” director Alex Garland, adapting the first book in Jeff VanderMeer’s “Southern Reach” trilogy.

The fact that they’re all complex and dimensional female characters is at once trailblazing and, refreshingly, perfectly normalized.

“Each of the women have their own destructive behavior,” said Portman, who brings steely intensity to the role of Lena, the biologist with her own reasons for volunteering for the dangerous mission, in the Feb. 23 release. “I find that so beautiful. That’s the greatest science fiction, when the psychological becomes externalized.

“And to have five women at the center of this expedition — we’re so used to seeing five men going and doing something together, it’s not even questioned why it’s always all men. To give that same kind of attitude to five women is really unique.”

The sisterhood struck on the London set of “Annihilation” is still strong between Portman, Rodriguez and Thompson, reunited in a suite at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel ahead of the film’s Los Angeles world premiere. Sitting side by side on a couch with their legs curled up, the camaraderie came flooding back in waves of laughter and mutual admiration.

“I feel like [‘Annihilation’] is the kind of movie where if you’ve seen it only once you haven’t seen it,” said Thompson. “One of Alex’s references for this film was [Andrei Tarkovsky’s] ‘Stalker,’ which I watched a couple times in anticipation of making this movie, trying to figure out what that film is, and means. It felt like being inside of a meditation.”

“Ooooh!” gasped Rodriguez. “That’s poetic. It’s like being inside of a meditation.”

“But you know what I mean? It’s a very meditative, lyrical film and we don’t have a lot of practice as audience members with that kind of content, particularly in American film,” Thompson continued.

“I feel like we reject it quickly too, the way they did with Darren Aronofsky’s ‘mother!,’ which I loved,” added Rodriguez, gesticulating to the sky. “I thought it was Jennifer [Lawrence]’s best performance. It made me think for hours. Art that moves you in any which way, whether it’s positively or negatively — it’s working.”

Part philosophical sci-fi, part psychedelic-existential fever dream, “Annihilation” pulses with the looming unease of the unknown. That unknown lurks in the darkness of the vast swamplands and marshes of the Southern Reach, marked by the beauty and horrors of nature run amok, and perhaps more disturbingly in the disquiet of confronting those same mysteries within oneself.

Self-destruction is in our DNA, the film posits. Its approach, however, is one of empathy. And the journeys the three stars went on in search of their characters, expanded in collaboration with Garland from the sparsely detailed counterparts in VanderMeer’s book, had profound and lasting effects.

Portman, who moved her family near the Pinewood Studios production during filming, responded to the melancholic interrogation Lena embarks on as she pushes farther into Area X while reflecting on a broken marriage (Oscar Isaac, reuniting with “Ex Machina” helmer Garland, plays her husband).

“Alex brought the [idea of] self-destructive behavior, and defining the destruction of a marriage as part of that,” she said. “You could call it moralistic, but I found it very moving — that it is destructive, hurting someone that you love very deeply.”

The physicality of the shoot demanded Portman know her way around a military-issue machine gun and train with visionary dancer Bobbi Jene, whom Garland hired on Isaac’s recommendation to choreograph a memorable third-act sequence of movement.

“She would give me directions like, ‘Feel like you’re like an octopus stuck to the wall,'” raved Portman. “I wish someone was always giving me that kind of physical imagery. It was really cool.”

Thompson found a deep connection to her character Josie’s growing link with the mutations the group encounters as they get closer to the inexplicable veil of energy known as “The Shimmer.”

“There was something in it that I was really struck by in the destruction of the Earth, of how we treat the other things that are not human — the planet,” she said. “At a certain point with the destruction that we do, we will not have the technology to undo it or to even understand it.”

The project, she added, also forced her to consider her own mortality. “I don’t spend a lot of time contending with the fact that time is not endless,” she said . “I really live in that fallacy, personally. I’m getting older, my parents are getting older… I actually looked forward to spending some time thinking about that.”

Rodriguez’s character Anya, a paramedic with a physical swagger, has an outgoing personality that masks her own addictive personality and deep-seated fears — a theme that resonates in Rodriguez’s own life.

“I didn’t realize how much of my personal draw to the character was her reason for going into The Shimmer,” she admitted. “Her reason for going on a suicide mission was running away from her past and her addictive personality, her addictions, and her fear of mental illness, and her fear of losing control of herself.

“I’m always battling the idea of mental health,” Rodriguez continued. “My fear of it personally, the history of mental health in my family, and not ever really facing it because in my culture we don’t really talk about mental health. I got to actually enter my own fear as an actor.”

Also tantalizing for Rodriguez was the chance to step outside her popular “Jane the Virgin” TV alter ego. “Being able to play this very outwardly unafraid badass … was so dope,” she said. “As an artist you want to transform, you want to be anything, you want to be able to be capable of doing anything, and I felt like Alex was telling me I could.”

There was one caveat: She had to shave her head for the role just three days after wrapping on “Jane the Virgin.” “It was very fun to do and also really awful and scary,” she laughed. “It felt like night and day. They cut all my hair off and I was like, ‘Who am I?’ And then Alex was like, ‘Let’s go on a journey of wondering who we are!’ Oh man, it was crazy.”

“She had beautiful long hair,” Portman said , smiling at Rodriguez. “She was hair commercial-perfect. I shaved my head for ‘V for Vendetta’ and I loved it. The first time you feel rain or a shower on your bare head, it’s so magical. You looked so awesome with it! But it was very brave.”

“I was very lucky I had them saying that the whole time,” Rodriguez grinned, pointing to her cast mates, “because I needed to hear it.”

Thompson smiled slyly. “And a huge contingent of the internet were convinced that she and I were lovers in the movie.”

“I’m not gonna lie — I kind of wanted this,” Rodriguez teased.

“There are at least 15 tickets being sold because they think Gina and I are in a lesbian relationship,” added Thompson.

Rodriguez: “More than 15!”

Portman, laughing: “I’d buy tickets to that!”

It was almost two years ago that the cast of “Annihilation” assembled in London to shoot the ambitious and heady film. Their lushly immersive sets commandeered one corner of the historic Pinewood Studios as another sci-fi flick, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” shot on neighboring stages.

The material was physically and mentally demanding, and Garland’s decision to film chronologically meant that the longer production went on, the more exhausting it became.

When it came time to shoot one of the film’s most harrowing scenes, the feeling on set was palpable. With three of the cast tied to chairs inside a dimly lighted abandoned house and Garland himself operating a massive animatronic bear head menacing his stars, the scene felt real.

“In that moment it was about truly facing our mortality, and because we shot the film in sequence, by then we were tired and had lived in this for a little bit,” said Thompson. “By then we really had this bond.”

They formed that bond under tents in the rain between takes, by going out to sushi dinners and becoming friends. Thompson and Portman tease Rodriguez, then newly out of what she describes as a “nail-in-the-coffin” relationship, about how she went full-on “Eat, Pray, Love” on their weekends off.

“I was jealous because you had fun adventures,” Thompson said, turning to her. “I’d be like, ‘Where are you?’ because we were neighbors and we lived one flight away from each other, when I was bored or wanted a sandwich, and she’d be like, ‘I’m on a yacht!’ She was ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ every weekend and I was training for ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ doing sword work.”

A group night out at a Radiohead concert arranged by Portman was, Rodriguez said, “the gift of the century.”

“Whatever,” Portman demurred. “It was because I was with you guys! We were like, ‘This is normal! I’m not a suburban mom of two! I’m, like, a cool person!’ ”

The trio found themselves linking up again after “Annihilation” with a very different goal: Combating sexual harassment across industries, including their own, as founding signatories of the Time’s Up movement this year.

“I feel like it’s a continuation of the sisterhood we started on this movie,” Portman said of her friendship with Thompson and Rodriguez. “It was really awesome to get to experience each other in a new light; as colleagues, and then friends, and then fellow activists.”

Thompson has been heartened to see Time’s Up take hold in the culture, and by the importance her peers have placed on intersectional activism.

“Any measure of success that Time’s Up specifically has had has to be connected to what’s outside of our industry,” she said. “It began with a call to arms from the Farm Workers’ Alliance, from the women who literally put food on our table, to say, ‘We stand with you because we understand what we’re going through, and it happens in our industry.’ So it’s bigger than us.

“Having worked in the industry for as long as I have and particularly as a young woman of color, it’s hard to gain access — even when you gain a measure of a platform to really get your voices heard,” she added. “It’s important to have sisters to make sure your voice is as vital.”

Both Thompson and Rodriguez cheer Portman’s Golden Globes moment this year when, presenting the director category during the live telecast, she went off script to point out the absence of any female directing nominees

“I’ve got a video of it, girl!” said Rodriguez.

But Portman downplayed her onstage gesture as just one of the many ways the hundreds of members of the Time’s Up movement are trying to effect change: “If you look around the room and everyone looks like you, there’s a problem and not only should it feel weird, but you need to do something about it.

“I think a lot of us have had our eyes opened,” she added. “I speak for myself; I haven’t always had my eyes open. And it’s an amazing, energizing, incredible feeling to be awakened to this, even though it’s a lot of ugly truths to try to change — to change myself first and try to be part of this cultural shift.”

All three women have used their successes to advocate for various causes important to them. But Time’s Up has given many of Hollywood’s artists a focus to pool their platforms with Voltron-esque force.

Rodriguez has for years pushed for greater Latino representation in entertainment. “What you end up realizing is that things don’t get done alone,” she said. “To know that I finally have somewhere to funnel my energy with the power and the strength of these ladies … you just don’t feel alone anymore.”

Last week Rodriguez added directing to her arsenal by helming her first episode of “Jane the Virgin,” joining Portman, who made her feature directing debut in 2015’s “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” behind the camera. This week Thompson announced that she will produce a film about jewelry thief Doris Payne, which she will also star in for Codeblack Films and Lionsgate — and says she’s working up to one day directing, as well.

After the female-led “Annihilation,” Portman, Rodriguez and Thompson hope more films will follow suit as Hollywood sees long overdue change in the way stories are told.

One vital next step, Rodriguez notes, will be getting more underrepresented voices hired behind the camera, and more diverse projects backed, in a Hollywood that remains risk-averse when it comes to making inclusive choices.

“In so many of these meetings I feel like I’m trying to sell a story about oranges to people who have never had oranges before,” said Rodriguez, notes of hope and frustration in her voice. “They know it’s profitable-ish, but they’re afraid of it because they don’t understand it.

“It’s exciting and discouraging at the same time. I celebrate the fact that I’m in that room. Hopefully at one point it’s going to work — and I’m going to be able to get even more people in the room.”
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Posted by Girl Jay on September 10, 2017

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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Posted by Girl Jay on June 18, 2017

Gina did a beautiful photoshoot session for Los Angeles Times, photos have been added to our gallery!

Photoshoots & Portraits > 2017 > Session 02 | Los Angeles Times
Posted by Girl Jay on April 11, 2017

Gina attended The Contenders Emmys Presented By Deadline to talk about “Jane the Virgin” on Sunday. She also did a portrait session with Jennie Snyder Urman.

Public Appearances > 2017 > Apr 09 | The Contenders Emmys Presented By Deadline
Photoshoots & Portraits > 2017 > Session 01 | Deadline