Gina Rodriguez just scored a major coup for fans of diversity in media. The 32-year-old “Jane The Virgin” star has signed a multi-year, multi-platform overall deal with CBS TV Studios, Variety reports. Not one to waste time, the Golden Globe-winning actress and her production company, I Can And I Will Productions, have already picked out their first project: an adaptation of a German show show titled Dr. Illegal.
More than a year ago, Entertainment Weekly reported that Rodriguez was also developing a book, titled, “I Can and I Will: Tools My Daddy Gave Me.” Rodriguez explained her motivation for writing the book, saying, “If you can move, stretch, teach, inspire, encourage and motivate others by telling your stories why wouldn’t you?” Rodriguez and her production company have been a strong advocates for diversity and equal rights, and with the signing of this overall contract and the future release of her book, she will be telling many stories for years to come.
It’s no secret that over the past few decades, people of color worked to fight for equal representation on screens both big and small. While, of course, there have been great POC and LGTBQ relationships on television there’s really been a spike in the spectrum of representation since our early years watching television and learning about relationships.
Recently, we asked Latinas on Instagram what shows and movies featured their favorite most diverse couples.
“Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner is The Bodyguard, they reminded me of my parents and they loved to play the soundtrack.” –millenialmarta
“The leads in Someone Great, Jane and Michael the virgin and the lesbian relationship Gentrified. It’s been 30 years and I finally found characters I can relate to.” –allyss_abyss_
“Most definitely, “Brooklyn 99”: two female Hispanics as regulars and a white person playing a Hispanic (Andy Samberg’s character’s last name is Peralta, which is a Spanish surname).” – seadra2011
“Holt and Kevin(and Rosa Diaz) have changed the way people have perceived gay couples and gay people. Nine Nine!” –chaoticbiguy
“The first on-screen presence that made me feel seen/represented period was @justinamachado ‘s character on One Day At A Time. A Latina veteran struggling with her mental health while trying to juggle school, work, love, and family? And as a main character? Whew….“-vieja.metiche
“Taína! It was on Disney if I remember correctly?? Then @americaferrera in sisterhood of the traveling pants as Carmen. 😭❤️ her life was like mine. Growing up in suburbs but never really having a place culturally.. but my girlfriends still had my back no matter our background.” –chessy__a
“Jane the Virgin” doesn’t just give us a telenovela where every mother is a grounded and developed character. It shows America what single latinidad motherhood looks like from birth to vieja-hood. From the wisdom of abuela Alba, to the free spirit of Xiomara and the diplomatic Jane, we see a taste of our own traditions and the evolving methods of Latina motherhood in different generations.
While you have probably never accidentally been artificially inseminated, you’ve definitely felt the same love shown by these tv mamas. They are always there for each other to lift each other up and make life as great as possible. Moms are just like that. Happy Mother’s Day. Even though we might be separated in quarantine, we can still give our moms a sweet memory on this day. Call her and tell her you love her.
We first meet the Villanueva women with their eyes glued to a telenovela, like most Latino families.
No matter how old you are or how cheesy they are, telenovelas with your mom and abuela are moments we all cherish.
Legit, we have been snuggling with the most important women of our lives for some incredible telenovela drama since we were little kids.
The Villanueva women even have a long-standing Mother’s Day tradition of binge-watching an entire telenovela series and that’s magical.
ICYMI, Jane was accidentally, artificially inseminated, which is not common.
Like many of our families, Jane was taught that her virginity was sacred. Unfortunately, a mishap led to her pregnancy without sex. Luckily for Jane and us, Latino families are strong units and we all pitch in when we need to.
But with the help of her mom and abuela, she makes it work.
They support her going back to grad school. You can bet your mom would babysit your kid while you went back to school, too. Jane’s parenting style is all about leading by example and staying rooted in her dreams pre-Mateo.
We can relate to mami y abuela being high key chismosas.
Privacy? What privacy?! Even when Jane goes onto the porch to have a “private” conversation, there’s no escaping the curious eyes of the women in her house. If you are feeling triggered, you aren’t alone.
While all three Villanueva women live under the same roof, they have very different parenting styles. Alba is all about the tough love.
Alba, like our abuelas, like to keep things old-school. Like, she raised your mom so she clearly knows how to raise a child. There isn’t anything wrong with her methods of raising a child. but some times you just have to do things yourself. Jane might not take all of her advice, but that’s just how the modern family unit works, right?
Xiomara, like our moms, lives like a mama bear ready to protect her child no matter what.
How many times has your mother confronted someone who was making your life difficult? You might feel embarrassed that she is going ham on your teacher or boss, but it is all because she loves you. Let her go all Xo on them. She is only trying to make sure you are always happy.
Whenever there is a hard moment in anyone’s life, mom is always there to do what she can.
You might have a serious illness or facing some kind of legal trouble and things seem hopeless. However, mom will do anything to make it a little bit better for you. We stick together, we pray together, and put faith in each other.
However you’re celebrating Mother’s Day, consider binge-watching “Jane the Virgin” with your own mom and abuela.
Now, go call your mother because she loves to hear from you.