Here Are 25 Reasons To Love The #LatinaFuerte That Is ‘Jane The Virgin’ And The Latina Behind The Show, Gina Rodriguez
If you have not seen “Jane the Virgin” yet, ?? stop ?? what ?? you’re ?? doing ?? NOW. This is your modern day telenovela, chock full of an actual immaculate conception (read: artificial insemination), Puerto Rican abuelitas that are everyone’s Nana, and d r a m a that could only brought to you by the Latinas that basically run the show.
Here are 25 more reasons to love the show that just keeps giving back to us all!
1. “Jane the Virgin” gave the CW Network their first Golden Globes nomination.
Why? Because everything Latinas touch is gold. That’s why. Don’t even question me on this one. Gina Rodriguez is also pretty awesome soooo…..
2. Oh, and Gina won that Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Series Musical or Comedy.
In her acceptance speech, she thanked God and her father, saying, “”My father used to tell me to say every morning, ‘Today is going to be a great day. I can and I will.’ Well, Dad — Today is a great day. I can and I did.” I’m not crying.
3. The next year, she was included in Eva Longoria and America Ferrera’s joke about the Globes mistaking Latinas for each other.
The Globes mistaked Gina Rodriguez with America Ferrera during the nominations ceremony for the 2016 Awards. America Ferrera introduced herself as “America Ferrera, not Gina Rodriguez,” pointing out that Latinas on screen aren’t one and the same. SMGDH
4. Ivonne Coll, Abuelita in the show, was no nun in her hayday.
Caption: “Tbt 1969 when I was a hippie! The communes’ name was “El K-rajo” I was surrounded by musicians, artists, craftsmen…and that is the place where I stand that is the place where I started to find the Artist in me… #puertoricolohacemejor #AbrahamBonilla #condominioelcentro #ivonnecoll #AlbaVillanueva #Janethevirgin” ? ? ?
5. Gina Rodriguez, aka Jane, was given a director role in the last season.
Oh and she slayed. “We do magical realism, we do fantasy, we do crazy costume changes, we do green screen. For my episode I had a wolf, a stunt, green screen,” Gina told Variety.
6. …and she hashtagged #TimesUp in her announcement.
Caption: “#Janethevirgin Add another Latina director to that list. #TimesUp” She told The View, “As a woman of color, I think that being able to have the opportunity to direct and to be able to direct my show is very exciting.” Agree, agree, agree!
7. Eva Longoria also directed the show for an episode.
Because you can’t have enough Latinas telling everyone what to do. It creates the actual magic of “Jane the Virgin,” tú sabes?
8. Gina calls America Ferrera the ‘Moses’ of Latina roles.
In an interview with Backstage, Gina gushes about America: “I think America [Ferrera, who played Betty] did a lot of amazing things for women who weren’t born naturally thin, and America is gorgeous. We are all gorgeous in our own beautiful, unique, perfectly imperfect ways. … That was very helpful to have those people that came before us; the Moses, if you will…the parting of the seas.”
9. Gina Rodriguez gives credit of her talent to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
In an interview with BUILD Series, she literally points out her teacher, Rosemary Quinn. “Rosemary Quinn is the best. You want to be an actress? Learn from that woman. ‘Cause she will change your life. Clearly, clearly.” And then she started tearing up. #Same
10. Before that, Gina was one of thirteen teenagers accepted into Columbia University’s Theatrical Collaboration.
She was 16. Look at that muñeca linda, I just want to pinch her cheeks!! And now I want to pinch myself. I am my mother.
11. Like ‘Ugly Betty,’ Jane doesn’t wear makeup.
America Ferrera is one of the first to represent a normal Latina in American living room televisions and us more curvy, non-beauty pageant winning Latinas felt more fire than ever. And while not all of us are pregnant virgins, Jane is guapa AF, just like us.
12. Oh, and she’s not about being pigeonholed in her sexuality.
So don’t ask, k? Just embrace that we’re all attracted to her, no matter how you identify.
13. Gina is all about using her “Jane the Virgin” fame for good.
Sometimes, your T-shirt says it all in this pic of her at the Women’s March in 2017. Caption: “Sisterhood squad. #WomensMarch”
14. The executive producer, Jennie Snyder Urman, wanted the show to be a cross between “Ugly Betty” and “Gilmore Girls.”
Brava, especially if you want to add “Como Agua Para Chocolate” and ‘True Detective’. TBH, “Jane the Virgin” is chock full of hallucinations of choirs singing about sex, actual characters impaled on ice sculptures, everyone’s telenovela-obsessed abuelita and a modern day immaculate conception.
So, yeah. It’s not like any other show.
15. Gina Rodriguez declined a breakout role in Devious Maids before auditioning for “Jane the Virgin.”
“I want to affect people, I want to create change, and there are sacrifices that come along with that.” Gina was offered a role in “Devious Maids” and, because it didn’t align with her mission she sacrificed that break-out role, and good thing!
16. Diane Guerrero, aka Lina, also auditioned for a role on “Devious Maids.”
“I wanted the part so bad,” she told Remezcla. Guerrero didn’t get the role, but we’ve been crushing on her hard all throughout “Orange is the New Black” and “Jane the Virgin.” I don’t think my heart could handle another show.
17. Gina is the youngest of three sisters.
All the academic theories about youngest siblings are lost on Gina. She paves her own path (in case it wasn’t the most obvious).
18. Her older sister paid for her education at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
Ivelisse Rodriguez Simon is an investment banker, and I trust her with all my money. The middle sister, Rebecca, is a doctor. That is a well-educated group of Latinas. #BoricuaPrideAF
19. Their parents are Puerto Rican.
They were born and raised in Chicago, and taught that they can do anything they set their minds to. They grew up Catholic and Gina recalls giving up any self-doubt while waiting to find out if she got the role of Jane to God. And then screaming on the street when she did snag the role. #BoricuaFire
20. Gina once played Frida Kahlo in a play.
Oh, and it was a world premiering play called, “The Last Moments in the Life of Frida Kahlo” at the American Stage Theatre. This pic though is just your casual celebration in a Frida Kahlo themed party.
21. You’ll probably find Casper the Dog on set.
#WomensRights & #AnimalRights–you’ll find it all on the set of “Jane the Virgin.” And all throughout Gina’s Insta account. I mean, Casper *deserves* to be treated like a star.
22. “Jane the Virgin” is based on Venezuelan telenovela “Juana la Virgen.”
In the original, Juana is only 17 years old and ends up escaping to the mountains with Rafael, her baby daddy. Here’s to hoping Jane finds her happy ending… on a mountain of grilled cheese sandwiches.
23. No Latina-run show could tolerate anything less than leading male actor, Justin Baldoni’s adorable obsession with his now-wife.
24. Gina is the co-founder of ethical lingerie company Naja.
Naja is a lingerie company that primarily employs single mothers, allowing them to work from home while still taking care of their families. It also uses recycled goods, and is ethically sourced. Of course Gina is part of this. Yes, I’ll buy your lingerie, bae!
25. Gina wants to be the Latina Meryl Streep and we’re here for it.
Ever since she was 15, she’s had the dream to be the Latina Meryl Streep. Gina tells Backstage, “[Meryl] transforms and gets gritty and peels off layers of her skin. She’s not afraid. And I’m not afraid either. Jane is a gift I can give, a platform I can use to talk to girls and women and say, ‘Yeah, I’m not makeup-ed up, I’m not weaved-up, and I am beautiful.’ ”