We’ve seen Gina Rodriguez and her hottie boyfriend Henri Esteve together and up close, and let us just say that they make for one fine couple.
The Jane the Virgin star and Revenge actor have been dating for about a year.
“He’s gorgeous! And he’s talented! And he’s a really, really good guy!” Rodriguez gushed about Esteve when I caught up with her the other day at a photo shoot (more on that later!).
Rodriguez says there is no big secret to making their “great relationship” work.
“I just know that I have a very strong [and] supportive boyfriend,” she said. “He’s an amazing artist himself who respects the craft…He supports me and I think that’s all that matters. We’re very honest and there’s a lot of communication. He knows that my priority is Jane and him and family.”
She also confessed that it helps that they’re both “nutty.”
Rodriguez is one of Hollywood’s fastest rising stars. Not only did her work as Jane earn her a Golden Globe, but she’s rumored to have snagged a co-starring role opposite Mark Wahlberg in the upcoming oil spill drama, Deepwater Horizon. And she tweeted just yesterday that she’s filming an appearance today on…Sesame Street!
Even with all the success, Rodriguez remains grounded. There is no diva behavior. There is no starving herself to be thinner.
She says her father empowered her self-esteem early on by pointing out billboards to her and her two sisters.
“He would say, ‘That’s one version of beauty and you’re another and that woman’s another and mom is another,'” Rodriguez said, adding, “Usually when someone tells you that you are not good enough, that your are not strong enough, that you are not pretty enough or skinny enough, it’s usually fear that exists within them—not within you.”
And her mom taught her how to love herself without makeup.
“When I put makeup on, I’m playing and I’m having fun and I’m feeling good about myself,” Rodriguez said. “But when I take it off, I’m loving my life and I feel good about myself.”
Has the popularity of Jane the Virgin made Gina Rodriguez more self-conscious about how she looks in public? In a word, yes. Two days after she wrapped shooting the show’s dramatic season finale, we caught up with her at a Proctor & Gamble Nueva Latinas Living Fabulosa event in New York City and asked how she’s stepped up her beauty regime after winning a Golden Globe for her breakout role. Also present: Her Jane costar Diane Guerrero and Selenis Leyva of Orange Is the New Black.
Has all the attention made you take your beauty regime up a big notch?
Gina Rodriguez: “Yes. I’m wearing makeup so much more now. And I’m not a woman who wore so much. I had to make sure that I was taking care of my skin, since there are so many products covering up my pores. I use different things; it depends on the time of month and stuff like that. It changes. I love Dermalogica. I love Cetaphil, so many brands. And I’m lucky that I have an amazing makeup artist. She’s incredible. Chris, I love you! And people are letting me wear clothes I wasn’t getting to wear before, so I kind of love that. I love to play dress-up.”
With the finale of Jane the Virgin’s first season just weeks away, breakout star Gina Rodriguez is amping up the anticipation.
“Let me tell you something, it gets better and better,” the actress teased reporters at Orgullosa’s Nuevas Latinas Living Fabulosa event in New York City on Wednesday night.
Added the actress, 30, “Our season finale, which I just wrapped two days ago, is so strong and such a shocker.”
Without giving away too many details, Rodriguez shared that the finale will feature the end of Jane’s pregnancy and some inspiring female empowerment.
“You’re going to see Jane going through the last periods of her transformation dealing with her pregnancy and her relationship with Rafael, the father of the child,” she said. “You’re going to see more of Jane’s fearlessness, more of her confidence as a woman. She’s going to really start having conversations. I can tease that women are going to be real proud.”
Fans dreading the end of the hit show’s season are in good company. Rodriguez, who earned a Golden Globe for her role, said she can’t wait to find out what’s next for Jane.
“I feel like the fans are really going to be blown away and also really want the second season to come already because I want the second season to come already. I’m like, ‘Wait! What happens next?’ ”
Jane the Virgin airs Mondays (9 p.m. ET) on The CW.
Gina Rodriguez has never been shy about pointing out the need for more diversity on television, and the “Jane The Virgin” star opened up last week with a story that illustrates how important it is for young people to see characters on screen that they can relate to.
As one of the hosts at P&G’s Orgullosa forum “Nuevas Latina Living Fabulosa” on Wednesday, Rodriguez and her co-hosts, including Entertainment Weekly correspondent Nina Terrero, radio personality Angie Martinez, and “Today” show style expert Lilliana Vazquez, spoke about what it means to be Latina today.
One audience member thanked Rodriguez for being a role model to her daughter, and Rodriguez responded with a personal story about her childhood.
“You know when I was younger — it’s crazy but it’s so true, and I’ll never forget this because my mom reminds me also — I asked her, ‘When were Puerto Ricans born? When did Puerto Ricans come about?’ And she’s like, ‘What are you talking about?’ And I was like, ‘Like when did it happen, was it in like the ’50s?’ And she was like, ‘What are you saying?!’ And I was like, ‘Well because I don’t see us anywhere. I don’t see us on the TV, I don’t see us in the movies I love. When did it happen?!’ And she’s like, ‘We’ve always been around and you will tell those stories one day.’”
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.