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Gina Rodriguez Spoke Directly To A Pagina Actress In A Crowd Of NYU Students About Making It

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“You’re thinking about giving something up? Don’t. ‘Cause I bet you the second you’re about to, is the second it’s about to happen.”

During a recent interview at her alma mater, New York University, Gina Rodriguez had some powerful words of inspiration for up-and-coming actors. The “Jane the Virgin” star revealed that she was a struggling actor for about a decade before landing a role that allowed her to finally “arrive.” While working toward her big break, it gave Rodriguez time to mature and become the kind of woman she wanted to see in the industry. To an audience of actors and students, she said she was appreciative of the “lovely obstacles” in her path which made her grateful for all the opportunities she’s been fortunate to get. After all of those wonderful words of inspiration, interviewer Leigh Blickley, pointed out that Rodriguez’s acting professor from her days at NYU was in the audience and they shared a beautiful moment of appreciation and gratitude.

She doubled down on the idea of following your dreams by telling her success story, saying, “As a 33-year-old woman, who wanted to be an actress before she graduated college, who thought she was going to be discovered before she graduated college, that did not happen. But what else did not happen, is that I didn’t give up.”

She followed up by speaking highly of her education and what it meant to her as a Latina.

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“Get your education. Nobody can stop you.”

After the interview, she followed her acting professor to her class to give those drama students the surprise of their lives.

Grab some tissues, check out the full interview below and get ready to be inspired.

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[H/T] HuffingtonPost

READ: Gina Rodriguez Went Right For Rob Gronkowski’s Manhood In This Rap Battle Because He Made It Too Easy


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Here Are Some Of The Worst Ways Different Latino Names Have Been Butchered By Other People

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Here Are Some Of The Worst Ways Different Latino Names Have Been Butchered By Other People

Sometimes people mispronounce your name, which can be annoying and frustrating. But as long as they make the effort to pronounce your name right once you correct them, then it’s all good, right? Unfortunately, not everyone likes to make the effort.

Earlier this year, a reporter suggested that Camila Cabello should get rid of her last name because it was too “difficult to pronounce.”


After this video was published onto E! News’ Snapchat Segment, the reporter received negative feedback on the internet.

And unfortunately, it’s not only Camila Cabello’s name people are refusing to pronounce correctly.

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They really took it upon themselves to change her name from Alondra to “Patty.” -_-

Some people’s names get treated as a joke.

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Soooo funny ?


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And others don’t get called by their name at all.

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Looks like this employee at Starbucks *really* couldn’t make the effort. Like even a little.

It happens at work…

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…and it happens at school. ?

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For some, having their name butchered gets so frustrating to the point that they decide to change their name.

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This sucks.

But the solution shouldn’t have to be changing your name, but rather owning it, embracing it, and finding power in it.


Just as ‘Orange Is The New Black’ star, Uzo Aduba, puts it: “Do not ever erase those identifiers that are held in you, whether it’s your gap, whether it’s your name, whether it’s your food. It is yours and it was given to you at birth and it is yours to own.”

You couldn’t have said it better, Uzoamaka! ??


READ: Your Latino Name Could Be Working Against You When Trying To Buy Or Rent A Home


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