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Gina Rodriguez Stunned Fans At SXSW Saying Hinting That ‘Jane The Virgin’ Is Ending

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When “Jane the Virgin” first premiered on Oct. 13, 2014 it broke ground on so many levels. Yes, we had seen Latinos on TV before, and, yes, there were other Latino sitcoms that came before it. But something was different about “Jane the Virgin.” It was refreshingly modern. We had a young Latina in the title role, alongside a slew of talented Latinos, playing well-written characters. But there has been some recent news that will make all fans pretty sad.

During a SXSW panel, Gina Rodriguez implied that “Jane the Virgin” is soon coming to an end.

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On March 11, Rodriguez said that her experience with directing an episode of “Jane the Virgin” on season 4 inspired her to seek out new projects.

“When it came to directing ‘Jane,’ as the star of the show — as a woman, as Latina, I was like, ‘I need to come so correct that I cannot be denied,'” Rodriguez said at a Women To Watch panel in Austin, Texas, according to Variety.

Rodriguez also told the audience that the episode she directed was the “highest-rated of the season.”

That’s when Rodriguez dropped the bomb…

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According to Variety, Rodriguez added that she plans to “do more [directing] next year — in our final season.”

She literally said nothing else about the “final season.” But her words sure took us by surprise.

While it is kind of sad that this show will come to an end, we’re so excited for the next phase in her career!

As we know Rodriguez already has projects lined up. She has a guest role in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” She’s also starring and producing a Netflix romantic comedy called “Someone Great.” And she’s currently in the feature film “Annihilation.”

CW has not confirmed whether or not “Jane the Virgin” is ending, so you never know. Either way, we’re so happy for Rodriguez and grateful this show gave her her big break.


READ: Gina Rodriguez Says Lack of Latinos In Hollywood Is “Devastating”

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‘Jane The Virgin’ Actress Opens Up About How Anxiety Kept Her From Showing Up To Set

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‘Jane The Virgin’ Actress Opens Up About How Anxiety Kept Her From Showing Up To Set

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Even though depression, anxiety, and mental health are becoming more publicly discussed, there is a stigma attached to it. It’s still seen as a weakness instead of a disease. Mental wellness is not regarded in the same way physical wellness is. It isn’t discussed at home or at schools — making the important topic all but taboo. That’s why it is so important that we talk publicly about our struggles with mental health.

It’s with that in mind that “Jane the Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez opened up about her own experiences.

Rodriguez has been open about her personal experience with her mental health in the past.

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In 2017, in fact, she posted about her journey with anxiety in a very candid Instagram post.

She has now opened up even further in an emotional sitdown with NBC’s Kate Snow during the recent Kennedy Forum.

The actress explained:

“I think I started dealing with depression around sixteen. I started dealing with the idea of…everything is going to be better when I’m gone. Life will be easier. All the woes will be away, all the problems. Then I wouldn’t have to fail or succeed, right? Then all this surmounting pressure would go away.”

The pressure Rodriguez refers to includes the difficult time she had while filming the final season of “Jane the Virgin.”

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According to the star, she began suffering from panic-induced, debilitating anxiety attacks while on set.

“There was a point where I couldn’t, I couldn’t push through every single time anymore,” Rodriguez shared with Snow. “And I’m one of those human beings…I’m just like, ‘I’ll handle it later. I’ll deal with it later. I’ll figure it out later. I just have to do this now.’ All the while dealing with this, you know, your silent little dragon in your head.”

Rodriguez went on to explain that this struggle caused her to stop production on the series for the first time ever.

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“I had a really tumultuous season, she confessed. “I was unafraid for the first time to be like, ‘I can’t.'”

That courage motivated Rodriguez to get the help she needed and to take the time to prioritize herself. It’s a milestone that anyone who fights against their mental illness would recognize. We can only imagine the pressure Rodriguez faced in the midst of a busy production schedule.

Her ability to speak openly about mental health is motivated by the girls and women who look up to her.

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“I can’t just tell them to go out and make their dreams come true and then to ignore everything else,” Rodriguez explained.

The actress has long been a mentor in the fields of art, body positivity, immigration rights, and feminism. In 2016, Rodriguez launched the We Will Foundation to promote young artists through education and scholarships. In 2018, she worked with P&G to start the Always Campaign to benefit Feeding America.

This candid conversation is another example of her commitment to being the sort of mentor the world needs most.

Poor mental health is often a side effect of other illnesses; which is the case with Rodriguez.

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Anxiety and depression are complications of her Hashimoto’s Disease. Rodriguez shared in a 2017 SELF interview that the medicine she takes for her thyroid causes heart palpitations. This disrupted rhythm sometimes triggers panic attacks.

The illness has forced the actress to reassess herself and become more self-aware. After adjusting her medication, she noticed improvements.

Still, Rodriguez had to face the bigger issue of her underlined mental health. That self-awareness has helped her and hopefully, her experience can help others struggling with the same issues.

The First Picture From Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Is Finally Here And I’m Already In Love With Tony

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The First Picture From Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Is Finally Here And I’m Already In Love With Tony

West Side Story: First Image From Steven Spielberg's Musical

The first photo of the new Steven Spielberg adaptation of “West Side Story” is finally here! Variety has officially released the photo featuring Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler as Tony and Maria and we cannot get enough.

Colombian-American Zegler, 17, and 28-year-old Puerto Rican Broadway star Ariana DeBose, playing Anita, are two Latinas intentionally cast in the lead roles after Spielberg and his team put out a call for Latinx actors.

The cast also features David Alvarez, a Canadian born to Cuban parents as  Bernardo, Maria’s brother and the leader of the Sharks and theater actor Josh Andrés Rivera as Chino. The Broadway classic tells the story of two young lovers from rival gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, set in New York in 1957 in the midst of racial tensions.

The photo has Elgort and Zegler front and center, lovingly looking into each other’s eyes while flanked by the Jets and Sharks.

The image teaser features (from left to right) Jets members Anybodys (Ezra Menas), Mouthpiece (Ben Cook), Action (Sean Harrison Jones); Jets leader Riff (Mike Faist); Baby John (Patrick Higgins); Tony (Ansel Elgort) and Maria (Rachel Zegler); Maria’s brother and Sharks leader Bernardo (David Alvarez); and Sharks members Quique (Julius Anthony Rubio), Chago (Ricardo Zayas), Chino (Josh Andrés Rivera), Braulio (Sebastian Serra) and Pipo (Carlos Sánchez Falú).

The iconic Rita Moreno played Anita in the 1961 film version of the 1957 Leonard Bernstein-Stephen Sondheim musical for which she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

The 87-year-old Puerto Rican actress is an executive producer on the film and will also return in a new role as Valentina, a revamped version of Doc, the candy store owner.

The production has already began filming in Harlem, the New York Post reported.

The film marks the first time Spielberg directs a musical and it’s set to be released in theaters Dec. 18, 2020.

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