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

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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The Latina Behind ‘One Day At A Time’ Lands Historic, Eight-Figure Deal With Amazon

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The Latina Behind ‘One Day At A Time’ Lands Historic, Eight-Figure Deal With Amazon

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When “One Day At A Time” got canceled, people on social media lost their minds. The cancelation was hurtful, not just because we loved the show, but because we already have a lack of representation on television. Thankfully, now that “One Day At A Time” is back, we feel a bit more in the mix, but we still would like to see our people and our stories on the small screen. We do have at least one cheerleader who is changing the game. This talented person is putting our people and our stories at the forefront of Hollywood, where we belong. 

Amazon Studios announced that they signed Gloria Calderón Kellett to a historic 3-year deal to create and develop TV series and films for the streaming network. 

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According to Deadline, Calderón Kellett signed a reported eight-figure deal making it the first time a Latina creator has gotten such a huge payday, and we’re so thrilled for her. 

“I have been so blown away by the original series coming out of Amazon,” Calderón Kellett said in an interview with Deadline. “Their commitment to supporting creators, specifically women, has been next level. It’s clear they are committed to supporting outstanding, quality television. When I met the diverse Amazon Studios team of creative executives, I immediately felt a kinship and connection. I could see immediately that our values and ideals in creating quality programming for underrepresented voices was a shared passion. I am overjoyed to take my next creative steps with them.”

Calderón Kellett may not be a familiar face, but you have seen her work everywhere. She’s the co-creator, executive producer and co-showrunner for “One Day At A Time.”

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One of the reasons why we love the authenticity of “One Day At A Time” is because it’s heartfelt storylines that touch on so many vital issues. Calderón Kellett, who is Cuban-American, has such an effortless and beautiful execution of words, which is why she has had so much deserving success in Hollywood. 

“I’ve been wary of writing about my family because I love them, and they’re very precious to me,” Calderón Kellett said to NBC News in 2017. “I’d heard over the years friends saying to be careful writing your personal experience because you only get to do that once or twice if you’re lucky.” 

Here are just some of the previous TV shows she has worked on.

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The writer, who got her start as a playwright, landed her big break on “How I Met Your Mother.” She also worked on “Devious Maids” and impressively worked as an actress on “Jane the Virgin” and “United We Fall” among others. 

“Gloria is an incredible storyteller, who has written and created series that are not only culturally relevant, but engaging, relatable, and hilarious,” Vernon Sanders, Co-Head of Television, Amazon Studios told Deadline. “We are all delighted that Gloria will join the Amazon Studios family and excited to see the new projects she’ll bring to our Prime Video customers around the world.”

We also adore her Instagram where she amplifies important causes vital to the Latino community.

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Just last week, Calderón Kellett posted an image and caption crucial to Latinas. “Today is #LatinaEqualPay Day when Latinas’ catch up’ to what white, non-Hispanic men were paid in 2018,” she wrote. “The gap is widest for Latina workers, who on average earn only 54 cents for every $1 a man is paid. Meaning, they must work nearly two years to earn what white men earn in one year. This is unacceptable, and we need to act now. Latinas are phenomenal, and we deserve equal pay!” That post came just days before the Amazon announcement, so we’re thrilled that she is getting the pay rate she deserves. 

Now that she has this incredible deal, we’re wondering (and very curious to know) what type of shows she’ll be creating.

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Mrs. Calderón Kellett, if you’re reading this, here’s a story idea that we’d love to see on the small screen. A Latina journalist is tired of working at a small newspaper where she covers local beauty pageants and soccer games. One day she uncovers a big political scandal and lands her first cover story, but the real story isn’t over, which leads her to the steps of the White House. The show would involve politics, much-needed diversity in newsrooms, and of course, lots of Latinx drama and humor. What do you say??

READ: Pop TV Has Saved ‘One Day At A Time’ And This Is Not A Drill, Y’all

A Little Over A Year After Her Very Public Overdose Demi Lovato Talks About Learning To See Herself As ‘Strong’

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A Little Over A Year After Her Very Public Overdose Demi Lovato Talks About Learning To See Herself As ‘Strong’

It was nearly a year ago, that fans of Demi Lovato were shocked as they learned that the actress and singer had experienced a near-fatal heroin overdose. The harrowing incident was particularly worrying for fans who had watched Lovato speak out about her struggles and recovery with self-harm and addiction. Over a year later, Lovato has seemed to have made it back on her feet having completed a stay in rehabilitation early and upped her interactions with fans on her social media pages. This is all despite experiencing public feuds with other celebrities, relentless body shaming from fans and a violation of privacy when nude photo of her was leaked. 

Over the weekend, she attended the  Teen Vogue Summit, telling the magazine’s editor-in-chief Lindsay Peoples Wagner that these days she is “strong.”

Speaking at Teen Vogue summit, Lovato said that she’s “learned a lot.”

In the year since her overdose, Swift has said that she has learned quite a bit. “I think it’s been a very introspective year for me,” Lovato said. “I’ve learned a lot, been through a lot.” 

When it comes to lessons about body acceptance, Lovato says she’s adopted a new mantra.

Lovato, who can often be seen tackling weights and martial arts at the gym says she took off from working out at the gym during the month of October December for a little bit of a mental health break. 

“We hear the term body positivity all the time,” she pointed out at the summit while also reiterating her years-long struggle with an eating disorder. “To be honest, I don’t always feel positive about my body. Sometimes I do not like what I see. I don’t sit there and dwell on it. I also don’t lie to myself.” 

When it comes to the social media trolls that attempt to bring her down, Lovato had a strong message.

“When someone says something mean about me or makes a meme making fun of me, I have a good sense of humor,” Lovato said.” But when it’s a very serious subject it can be hurtful. Even if you have an account that’s like ‘ImaDemiFan,’ that’s the name, and you leave one comment that said ‘You look like Lord Farquaad with that hair,’ I’m like, ‘Damn, that kind of sucks.’ I’m so tired of pretending I’m not human. When you say stuff, it affects me. I try not to look, but I see it. When I’m able to see both sides, it pulls me out from zeroing in on the negative. But I’m human and I think that’s important to remember.”

Speaking about the progress that she has made as an individual it’s clear her self-esteem and sense of self-worth is on the up and up. 

“What I see in the mirror [is] someone that’s overcome a lot,” she said. “I’ve been through a lot and I genuinely see a fighter,” Demi said. “I don’t see a championship winner, but I see a fighter and someone who is going to continue to fight no matter what is thrown their way.”

Lovato’s overall message was to her fans, asking them to remember that her artistry far outshines her tribulations.

Sure, Lovato’s road to being sober has been long and toilsome but it has not been nearly as long or penetrating as the former Disney’s star assent as a singer. Lovato who has been in the spotlight since 2002, has won an MTV Music award, five People’s Choice Awards, made a Guinness World Record and has received two Grammy Award nominees. As she points out, she’s a singer first, “a lot of the things that I have been through outshined my successes in the music industry. I just want people to remember that that’s what I want to give to the world, so please focus on that.”

The number one takeaway from Lovato’s appearance at the Teen Vogue summit is that she’s got her confidence back.

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“I have a lot of confidence now because I have said the things I believe in. I know I can hold my own on a first date with someone, in a conversation with someone. That’s what I see when I look in the mirror — a strong woman.”

While Lovato didn’t drop too much information about her next steps and next plans she did say she has been getting to work at the studio.

“I have new music coming,” she told fans. “I didn’t say when — now I’m just teasing you. It’s important to remember that I am so cautious this time around of jumping back into things. I’ve really decided to take my time with things. When the time is right, I will put it out there.”