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Q&A with Gina Rodriguez of JANE THE VIRGIN. Moderated by Mark Peikert, Backstage Magazine

Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez’s profile has been rising steadily since her breakout performance as the titular character in Filly Brown at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. Named the “Next Big Thing” and one of the “Top 35 Latinos Under 35,” by The Hollywood Reporter, Gina continues to be noticed by many due to her incredible acting chops, raw talent and addicting personality. The Los Angeles Times has referred to her as “forthright and formidable, a festival ingénue who deserves to be discussed in the same breath as Elizabeth Olsen and Jennifer Lawrence.” She was recently named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Rodriguez recently wrapped production on Peter Berg’s Deepwater Horizon opposite Mark Wahlberg. Due out September 30th, the film details the 2010 explosion on the BP rig that resulted in the biggest oil spill in U.S. history. Gina will play Andrea Fleytas, the 23 year old, who was monitoring the oil rig’s safety systems in the moments before the explosion.

This summer, Rodriguez will begin production on Annihilation alongside Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tessa Thompson. Written and directed by Alex Garland, the film will tell the story of a biologist that signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply. The film is slated for a 2017 release.

Rodriguez can currently be seen playing the title role on the CW series, Jane The Virgin on Mondays at 9:00 p.m. The show was recently picked up for its third season. It is for her work on the show that Rodriguez won the Golden Globe for “Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy” in 2015. Currently in its second season, Jane The Virgin has also gained recognition and been honored with a Golden Globe nomination for “Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy” and a Critics’ Choice Award for “Best Comedy Series” in 2015 and 2016 as well as a America Film Institute Award, People’s Choice Award and Peabody Award. The show is based on the successful Venezuelan telenovela, Juana la Virgen, the series centers on Jane, a hard working religious girl who, due to a series of outrageous events is accidentally arterially inseminated. The series is from writer Jennie Snyder Urman and executive produced by Ben Silverman, Gary Pearl, and Jorge Granier.

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