Puerto Rican actress Gina Rodriguez made headlines this summer when she spontaneously gave a speech at the Television Critics Association summer press tour about her desire to overturn Hispanic stereotypes on TV. (Read her powerful speech here.) As the titular character on CW’s Jane The Virgin, Rodriguez isn’t a sex kitten or a cook—instead, she plays a college student whose life is turned upside down when she finds out she’s been accidentally artificially inseminated.
The dramedy—based on a popular Venezuelan telenovela—was recently given a full season order and Rodriguez, 30, has become one of the fall’s breakout stars. Here, she reveals why she decided to become an actress and why she refuses to conform to narrow stereotypes about beauty and race. READ FULL STORY