Category: Photoshoots

Comedy Actress A-List in Raunchy, R-Rated Roundtable

“So, what’s your policy on ‘pussy’?” inquires a polite Amy Schumer regarding what can and can’t be said during THR’s annual gathering of Emmy-contending comedy actresses. If the ensuing conversation — held inside a Manhattan studio where, at one point, one of the six women offers another oral sex — is any indication, nothing is off limits when feminism and comedy collide: From rape and death threats on Twitter to the absence of women in late night (“Les Moonves is asleep in a cave somewhere far away,” offers Lena Dunham as an explanation) to hanging their hopes on Hillary Clinton, Schumer, 34 (Inside Amy Schumer); Dunham, 29 (Girls); Gina Rodriguez, 30 (Jane the Virgin); Ellie Kemper, 35 (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt); Tracee Ellis Ross, 42 (Black-ish); and Kate McKinnon, 31 (Saturday Night Live), prove they are as fearless as they are (f—ing) funny.

What was your most mortifying moment performing comedy?

KATE MCKINNON I did stand-up at the Aspen Comedy Festival once, a tight two and a half minutes. I asked the booker afterward, “What did you think?” She said, “There wasn’t enough for me to judge, but what I saw, I didn’t like.” I went to a Starbucks and cried.

LENA DUNHAM But look at you now!

AMY SCHUMER I was opening for [comedian] Dave Attell at an Improv in Washington, D.C., and was walking past the White House. This woman came up to me; she had kind eyes. I’m like, “She’s a fan!” I was like, “I’m a comedian,” and she goes, “These people are on a hunger strike; would you perform for them?” I then noticed there were 40 people there with signs showing how long it’d been since they’d eaten. I called some friends, and I was like, “I shouldn’t do this, right? [Comedian] Jim Norton was like, “You gotta take the gig.” (Laughs.) So I tried to write hunger-strike jokes. These people looked like everyone in The Exodus.

TRACEE ELLIS ROSS You have such a good soul.

SCHUMER So I performed, and no one laughed.

GINA RODRIGUEZ They were hungry!

SCHUMER I made jokes like, “Hey, at least no waitresses will be distracting you here!” But I bombed. They put a video of it online, and I found out later they were a known terrorist organization. Making people laugh is what I can do to give back.

Check out the rest of the videos and interview at The Hollywood Reporter

Gallery Links:
Photoshoots & Portraits > 2015 > Session 13 | The Hollywood Reporter

Gina staying grounded despite ‘Jane’s’ success

The night she won the Golden Globe for her warm, funny and versatile work as the kindhearted title character in the CW comedy “Jane the Virgin,” Gina Rodriguez brought her whole family — Mom and Dad, her two older sisters and their husbands — to the celebrity-filled InStyle after-party at the Beverly Hilton. They hung out for about an hour, people watching, but Rodriguez mostly sat with her parents while her sisters Iveliss and Rebecca tracked down Channing Tatum for a selfie.

Once that mission was accomplished, Rodriguez and her parents headed back to her one-bedroom Santa Monica apartment, where the 30-year-old actress made up her couch (“Of course, my mom and dad get dibs on the bed”) and conked out early. She had to be on set at 5 a.m. the next day.

“The reason I got the Golden Globe was because of my job, so I needed to make sure I wasn’t a hot mess the next day,” Rodriguez says. “Yes, they probably would have cut me a little slack, but I didn’t want to disappoint.”

You could chalk up Rodriguez’s refreshing humility and lack of pretense to the fact that she’s just now establishing herself eight years after graduating from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and hasn’t had time to hone a diva attitude. But that wouldn’t take into account the moment at that InStyle party when “Jane” creator Jennie Snyder Urman, fresh from crying like a baby over Rodriguez’s Globe win, made a beeline to meet the actress’ father so she could pick up parenting tips. “I want my daughter to turn out like Gina and her sisters,” Urman says. “So I was asking: ‘What did you say?'”

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Marie Claire Photoshoot

Earlier this year Gina did a photoshoot for Marie Claire and I’ve added outtakes from the shoot to our gallery.

Gallery Links:
Photoshoots & Portraits > 2015 > Session 11 | Marie Claire

Photoshoot Section Update

Gina has done several photoshoots lately of which we’ve added outtakes to our gallery. We’ve added photos from the Coco Eco Magazine photoshoot, the Paper Magazine photoshoot, photos of a photoshoot Gina did for the SAG Foundation as well as an additional outtake from the People Magazine photoshoot. Massive thanks to my friend Claudia, who is the webmaster of The McDonnell Rule, for donating many of these.

Gallery Links:
Photoshoots & Portraits > 2015 > Session 04 – People Magazine
Photoshoots & Portraits > 2015 > Session 08 – Coco Eco Magazine
Photoshoots & Portraits > 2015 > Session 09 – Paper Magazine
Photoshoots & Portraits > 2015 > Session 10 – SAG Foundation

Gina for Kipling USA

Gina is the new face of the Summer 2015 campaign of Kipling USA.

We’d like to extend a warm welcome to Gina Rodriguez, as the new face of the Kipling Summer 2015 campaign!

The Kipling family is proud to announce that the Jane the Virgin star and 2015 Golden Globe Award winner is our new ‘Make Happy’ brand ambassador for Summer 2015. About the new relationship, Gina says, “To me, Kipling has always embodied the perfect blend of comfort and femininity. When I was a teen, I saw my first Kipling bag with the cute monkey and wanted one so bad but couldn’t afford it. I saved my allowances and eventually bought my first one all by myself. I kept that bag for over 10 years. Now I get to be a part of this beautiful movement. I love the way life works itself out – it’s full circle.”.

Julie Dimperio, President of Kipling North America, comments, “Welcoming Gina as brand ambassador for our Make Happy movement is an absolute delight. Gina’s approachable personality and carefree style align perfectly with the Kipling brand, and we’re honored to have her join the Kipling family.”

Please join us in welcoming Gina to the Kipling family, and look for some great fashion tips and tricks this summer as we continue to Make Happy with Gina as a part of our team!
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Gallery Links:
Other Projects > Kipling USA (2015) > Promotional Images
Other Projects > Kipling USA (2015) > Kipling Summer 2015 Campaign – Screen Captures

Gina covers Adweek

Even before her headline-making Golden Globe win in January, there were already signs Gina Rodriguez was going to be a big star.

At its annual screenings for the global TV market in Los Angeles last year, executives with CBS Studios International noted the personal touch Rodriguez had with some 1,500 programmers from around the world. More importantly, the buyers were entertained by Rodriguez’s CW series, Jane the Virgin—for which she won the Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy Series, beating out the likes of Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Lena Dunham.

Networks in some 170 markets have bought the series so far, and it is expected to pick up more heat at the MIPTV event in Cannes, France, next month.

In the opinion of Armando Nuñez, president and CEO of CBS Global Distribution Group, the series (which originated in Venezuela) has proved to be so successful across geographic borders because of its “strong writing and great acting, making its outrageous but heartwarming premise believable. It gives a nod to the telenovela format, which also makes it an attractive show for buyers in many countries.”

For Rodriguez, who has appeared in films, on television and on the stage, her career slowly gained traction, first in New York and then Los Angeles, before it really caught fire with Jane. Here, the actress talks about joining her father on picket lines in Chicago, what she learned from Rita Moreno and the annoying part of social media.

(Warning: Some spoilers below if you haven’t watched Season 1 of Jane the Virgin yet.)

Adweek: When you first were given the script for Jane the Virgin, was it love at first read?
Rodriguez: One hundred percent, and that probably happens one out of every 200 scripts that you read. In the first five pages, I was like, “Who is this woman that wrote this?” [U.S. series creator, producer and writer Jennie Snyder Urman] is just brilliant. She’s my muse. I am absolutely in love with this woman because she’s writing about a girl who’s a Type-A personality, who’s super planned-out and who is able, in my opinion, to transcend the cultural boundaries that Latinos tend to have in the industry. Jenny continues to surprise me with each script. We read them about a day before the shoot. We don’t get to know anything about the future of our characters until then. She’s gained all of our trust beyond belief.

Gallery Links:
Magazine Scans > 2015 > Mar | Adweek
Photoshoots & Portraits > 2015 > Session 05 – Adweek
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