- “It represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes”
- —Rodriguez's Golden Globes speech
Rodriguez was born in Chicago, Illinois to Puerto Rican parents, her father, Genaro Rodriguez is a boxing referee and she is the youngest of three sisters. At the age of seven, she performed at the salsa dance company Fantasia Juvenil. She continued dancing salsa until age 17. At the age of sixteen, she was among thirteen teenagers to be accepted into Columbia University.
She attended the NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She had four years of training at the Atlantic Theatre Company and Experimental Theatre Wing. She portrayed the role of Frida Kahlo in the world premiere of Casa Blue in United Kingdom in the play called The Last Moments in the Life of Frida Kahlo at the American Stage Theatre.
On October 19, 2011, Rodriguez landed the recurring role Beverly in the soap opera series The Bold and the Beautiful. She received a role in the musical film Go for it! starring actress Aimee Garcia in which she received a 2011 Imagen Awards nomination for her supporting role. She appeared in Filly Brown, for which she won an Imagen Award. She also was the recipient of the Best actor award at the First Run Film Festival in New York.
On June 9, 2013, Gina won the Inaugural Lupe Award. On April 16, 2013, during an interview, she revealed she was offered a role in the Lifetime television series Devious Maids, but had turned it down. On October 16, 2013, she joined the cast of the upcoming movie Sleeping With The Fishes. She is also working on an album. On February 23, 2014, Entertainment Weekly broke a story announcing that Rodriguez would play the main role of Jane Villanueva in the pilot "Jane the Virgin." On June 4, 2014, She will join the cast in the upcoming drama film Sticky Notes.
In January 2016, Rodriguez launched 'Movement Mondays', a call to celebrate latinx performers and their work, by tweeting a favorite artist with #movementmondays, every Monday. Rodriguez encourages people to support their favourite actors to influence the money flow of the industry, creating a place for the 55 million latinos in the U.S. to see themselves reflected in the arts by supporting one another.
- 2015 Golden Globes Winner for Best Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical
|2016||DEEPWATER HORIZON||Andrea Fleytas|
|2014||C'EST JANE (short)||Jane||Main role|
|2013||SLEEPING WITH THE FISHES||Alexis Fish|
|2013||ENTER THE DANGEROUS MIND||Adrienne|
|2012||FILLY BROWN||Majo Tonorio||Main role|
|2012||CALIFORNIA WINTER||Ofelia Ramirez|
|2011||GO FOR IT!||Gina|
|2014–present||JANE THE VIRGIN||Jane Villanueva||Protagonist|
|2013||RIZZOLI & ISLES||Lourdes Santana||Episode: "Built for Speed"|
|2013||LONGMIRE||Lorna Dove||1 episode|
|2012||No Names||Megan||3 episodes|
|2011-2012||THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL||Beverly||17 episodes/11 episodes (uncredited)|
|2011||THE MENTALIST||Elvia||Episode: "Pink Tops"|
|2011||HAPPY ENDINGS||Rita||Episode: "Why Can't You Read Me?"|
|2010||ARMY WIVES||Marisol Evans||3 episodes|
|2010||10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU||Danica||1 episode|
|2009||ELEVENTH HOUR||Robin||1 episode|
|2004||LAW & ORDER||Inez Soriano/Yolanda||2 episodes|
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