People Magazine Interview: Gina’s Journey to Stardom

Gina Rodriguez has always known she wanted to be a performer – even if she didn’t always look the part.

“I was a huge tomboy,” the Jane the Virgin star tells PEOPLE about growing up in Chicago as the youngest of three daughters born to native Puerto Rican parents.

“I remember being 6 years old – I was probably wearing joggers and an oversized T-shirt – and I saw these little girls in sequins outfits smiling and dancing at the Puerto Rican Day parade. I was like, ‘I want to be in those little sequin dresses.’ ”

Rodriguez, now 30, joined a dance troupe and continued to perform through high school, but it wasn’t long before she set her sights on acting as well.

When she was only 13, she ventured across town on her own to audition for a commercial against her parents’ wishes.

“I got the parent next to me to sign my parental consent form so they didn’t know that I didn’t have a parent with me,” Rodriguez says. “I ended up booking the commercial, so they called my parents. I thought I was going to get in so much trouble. But I was going to get paid for the commercial so they said, ‘Fine. You can do it if you put the money towards college.’ I said, ‘Done deal, baby seal. Let’s do this.’ ”

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Glamour April Issue Scans + Photoshoot

Gina is featured in the April issue of Glamour magazine (with Natalia Vodianova on the cover). Scans and an outtake from the photoshoot have been added to our gallery. Massive thanks to my friend Lindsey, who is the webmaster of Rachel McAdams Online, for donating the scans.

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“Jane the Virgin” 1.17 Chapter Seventeen Promo

Here’s the promo for the next episode of “Jane the Virgin” which will air April 6 on the CW.

“Jane the Virgin” 1.16 Chapter Sixteen Screen Captures

The gallery has been updated with HD captures from this week’s episode of “Jane the Virgin”. What did you guys think of the episode? We now have to wait a while for new episodes. “Jane the Virgin” returns with new episodes April 6.

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Gina in talks to join “Deepwater Horizon”

Fresh off her Golden Globe win for “Jane the Virgin,” Gina Rodriguez has landed the female lead opposite Mark Wahlberg in Peter Berg’s “Deepwater Horizon,” multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.

Lionsgate and Participant Media are teaming with Lorenzo di Bonaventura on “Deepwater Horizon,” which chronicles the 2010 BP oil spill.

A representative for Lionsgate declined to comment on the casting.

Wahlberg is set to play Mike Williams, an electrician aboard the doomed oil rig, while Rodriguez is in early talks to play Andrea Fleytas.

Fleytas was helping to operate the oil rig’s sophisticated navigation machinery when she noticed a glaring oversight — that no one had issued a distress signal to the outside world. She grabbed the radio and attempted to contact the Coast Guard, for which she was reprimanded.

Kristen Stewart, who was just cast in Woody Allen‘s new movie, was also eyed for the role, according to insiders.

Berg’s “The Kingdom” collaborator Matthew Michael Carnahan wrote the script, and the film is scheduled for release on Sept. 30, 2016.

Rodriguez is a NYU graduate who got her start on “The Bold and the Beautiful” before landing the lead in the acclaimed Sundance drama “Filly Brown.” She currently stars on the CW’s hit dramedy “Jane the Virgin,” for which she won the Golden Globe for best actress in a comedy or musical.

“Deepwater Horizon” will serve as Rodriguez’s studio movie debut, though her indie credits include “Sleeping With the Fishes” and the upcoming drama “Sticky Notes” with Ray Liotta.

Rodriguez is represented by APA, Primary Wave Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman.

“Jane the Virgin” to Be Considered Comedy at 2015 Emmys

After new rules issued last month announced that a comedy would be defined as a series with episodes of 30 minutes or less and drama would be episodes an hour long, the TV Academy has released the first decisions by a panel established to evaluate category eligibility.

The nine-member panel, which includes five industry leaders appointed by the academy chairman and four appointees by the board of governors, ruled that Showtime’s “Shameless,” CW’s “Jane the Virgin” and Fox’s “Glee” can be considered comedies, despite their length. A two-thirds vote of the panel was required to reach each decision.

Each of the series will compete in the comedy category for all other awards, including performer, writer, director, etc.

“This show was always conceived as a comedy; pitched to the network and studio as a comedy; and marketed to viewers as a comedy,” said “Jane the Virgin” showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman. “We are thrilled with the television academy’s decision.”

“Shameless” has competed in both drama and comedy, but made the switch to comedy last year. Series star William H. Macy got his first nomination last year in the comedy category.

The TV Academy did not comment on any other potential petitioners, such as Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” which competed last year as a comedy.

Nominations for the 2015 Emmy Awards will be announced on July 16. The Emmys, which will be hosted by Andy Samberg, will air Sept. 20 on Fox.


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