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People Magazine & Entertainment Weekly Scans

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.

Gallery Links:
Magazine Scans > 2015 > Jun | People Magazine
Magazine Scans > 2015 > Jul | Entertainment Weekly

Gina on the dangers of being an It Girl

“What you realize is you need to enjoy each experience and enjoy each project,” Golden Globe winner tells TheWrap

While “Jane The Virgin” won Gina Rodriguez her first Golden Globe and is unequivocally her breakout moment, the actress has had brushes with fame before.

In 2012, Rodriguez earned raves at the Sundance Film Festival for her lead performance in indie “Filly Brown,” and the actress admits she herself even bought into the hype.

“With ‘Filly Brown,’ I thought — it’s Sundance, and I’m going to be this It Girl, I’m going to be like Jennifer Lawrence. I was ready to play a superhero! I’m ready to do this!” Rodriguez told TheWrap. “And it didn’t look like that. What you realize is you need to enjoy each experience and enjoy each project, and everything comes to an end. It’s not about what that’s supposed to lead to, it’s not about what your career is then supposed to look like.”

How Rodriguez’s career looks like now is brighter than ever. The CW has embraced its risky pickup of a drama based on a Venezuelan telenovela — with all the crazy twists and turns to match — and even used Rodriguez’s own Golden Globe acceptance speech transcript as a cornerstone of the show’s Emmy campaign.

On top of the awards attention, Rodriguez also landed her largest film role to date, as one of the leads in Peter Berg‘s next movie, “Deepwater Horizon,” opposite Mark Wahlberg. She’s filming it now, in between seasons on “Jane.”

In an interview, Rodriguez discussed how far she’s come since “Filly Brown,” the pressures she faces now that she’s becoming a bigger star, and why she’s glad to be trading in Jane’s fake belly for a real baby next season.

We’ve known since “Filly Brown” that you were destined for a breakout at some point. Was there something about “Jane The Virgin” in the beginning that felt to you like this is the one?
I really learned a lot about myself after “Filly Brown.” I learned that everything that’s come across my path and every experience that I’ve had has contributed to my character as a human being and as an artist. Everything’s going to end, everything’s going to have an end chapter, so if you’re enjoying that experience, if you’re enjoying that project, you’re not worried about what the rest of it is going to look like or where you’re supposed to go from there. I learned a lot from that because that’s what I thought was going to happen.

Then with “Jane,” I was being told time and time again the premise is silly and the title, oh my god it’s a telenovela, but I felt the strength and I knew what she (creator and showrunner Jennie Urman) had written and I knew what we had done, and it was like the last thing people thought of this project. And this project has given me huge wings to fly, and I’m so grateful for that. But I’m going to do the same thing, I’m just going to enjoy it and learn from it. “Jane” will eventually have an end chapter and I want to make sure I’m not letting anything go by. I’m not going to worry about what it’s going to lead to but more what it’s doing for my life right now.
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Actors on Actors: Uzo Aduba & Gina Rodriguez

Gina covers Glam Belleza Latina

Gina is gracing the cover of the summer issue of Glam Belleza Latina. The cover and outtakes from the photoshoot have been added to our gallery.

Gallery Links:
Magazine Scans > 2015 > Summer | Glam Belleza Latina
Photoshoots & Portraits > 2015 > Session 14 | Glam Belleza Latina

Last summer I was invited to dinner with Gina Rodriguez and the mostly Latino cast of Jane the Virgin, the comedy-drama that was set to air on the CW network later that fall. At the time I knew only that the show was inspired by a Venezuelan telenovela, Juana la Virgen, and that its lead, Rodriguez, was the much-buzzed-about actress from the Sundance Film Festival indie hit Filly Brown. A few hours and many laughs later, I knew we’d be hearing more from this off-the-charts-charismatic star.

And boy, have we. Jane the Virgin, with Rodriguez as Jane Villanueva, a virgin who gets mistakenly inseminated and impregnated at the doctor’s office, is returning for a second season. The show has also been picked up by multiple foreign markets, won the People’s Choice Award for favorite new TV comedy, and earned Rodriguez a Golden Globe win for best actress in a TV series, musical, or comedy. She is only the fourth Latina to win an acting Globe since the awards’ inception, in 1944. The Puerto Rican beauty’s joyful acceptance speech was the highlight of the show that night, with the loving shout-out to her father running on an endless loop on social channels that evening and the morning after. “My father used to tell me to wake up each day and say, ‘Today is going to be a great day; I can and I will,’ ” she said. “Well, Dad, today’s a great day; I can and I did.”

For Rodriguez, 30, this moment was years in the making. Born and raised in Chicago, by parents who moved from Puerto Rico, the actress got her first taste of the spotlight by dancing salsa professionally all through high school. After convincing her parents to let her pursue acting, she enrolled at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Her career started slowly but surely, with her booking her first leading role in the film Tiny Dancer right after graduation. A bevy of guest spots (Army Wives, Law & Order) led to Filly Brown in 2012, and Rodriguez’s portrayal of a struggling rapper earned her much critical praise. Soon after, she landed the prime role as Jane the Virgin.

I couldn’t wait to catch up with Rodriguez over breakfast in New York City this spring. We were dishing before she’d hit the chair, discussing everything from our favorite salsa singers to her standing as the unofficial spokeswoman for Latino representation on TV.

Vamos, let’s chat!

GBL: When you and I first met last summer, Jane the Virgin hadn’t aired yet, but the buzz was quickly building. Fast-forward a few months: Not only is the show a tremendous hit but you’ve also won a Golden Globe. Did you ever imagine all of this?

GR: I never could’ve guessed that we would come this far this quickly. And across the world too! I was recently in China, and a guy stopped me on the street and said, “You’re Jane the Virgin!” And my boyfriend was like, “That 40-year-old Asian dude did not just stop you!” [Laughs.]

GBL: Your acceptance speech was a highlight of the night. I jumped off my couch to cheer for you! Is your head still spinning over it?

GR: I was so scared—I didn’t have anything written! Actually, my father spoke through me in that moment. He always told me that in order for things to happen you have to believe they can. And that is the truth.
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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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