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.
“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.
It’s finally here. The trailer for Disney+’s upcoming series “Diary of a Future President,” and it’s so much better than we expected. The time period is right pinche now and a Latina is President of the United States. She discovers her 6th-grade diary and we travel back in time to meet her tween self navigating the awkwardness of puberty, running into your school teacher at Victoria’s Secret, and trying to play it cool in front of your crush. It’s exactly the kind of endearing, relatable female empowerment children’s series we all wanted to watch as niñas, and with actresses like Gina Rodriguez of “Jane the Virgin,” Selenis Leyva of “Orange Is the New Black,” and break-out child actress Tess Romero, we can expect the perfect, human execution of an alternate reality that may just catalyze a young Latina to grow up to become President of the United States by the show’s very existence.
We have Gina Rodriguez to thank for this empowering message to young Latina girls around the country. Rodriguez is the director, producer, and star of “Diary of a Future President,” which is slated to begin streaming on Disney+ on Jan. 17, 2020.
The trailer begins with President Elena Cañero-Reed being handed an old book that begged the question, “Madame President, what is in there?”
“It’s my old diary. I started writing it in the 6th grade. It’s a day by day account of how I got here. I really had a lot to say,” Rodriguez’s character tells her potential Vice President (her role has not been revealed yet). The series arc is set up to take viewers back in time to when the future POTUS was just a regular old tween starting out middle school, arguably a far more stressful time than any amount of time in the White House. We love that Disney+ seeks to humanize a Latina in power by showing young kids what’s possible. That a Latina President was once a pre-teen, crushing on boys or girls, having strong friendships, and also doing well in school. We are here for this message of hope and empowerment, which may just be the very seed that America’s future Latina president needs to have planted during these formative years.
It’s basically “si se puede” but Disney+.
Meet Tess Romero, the actress who plays young Elena.
Tess Romero is just 12-years-old and has already landed her first starring role in “Diary of a Future President.” In real life, Romero has attended her fair share of protests. When she was just 9-years-old, she made her own “Fight Like a Girl” protest sign and marched in the record-breaking Women’s March in 2016.
Elena, Romero’s 12-year-old fictional counterpart, is a Cuban-American girl living with her brother, Bobby, played by Charlie Bushnell, and mother Gabby, played by Selenis Leyva.
Elena’s mother, Gabby, is both a lawyer and Elena’s role model.
We’ll get to watch Elena start middle school with her childhood best friend, Sasha, and eventually watch her catch her mom kissing another man in her living room. “I was just trying to stay afloat in these tumultuous middle school waters,” Elena tells the viewers in a voiceover. “Things are changing. Changes might surprise you. Change becomes the new normal,” she tells us as she takes offense at her mom’s new boyfriend making eggs for the family. Elena is afraid that he’ll take over the “contributions” she makes to the family. “Nobody could ever replace you,” her mother imploringly tells her.
The future President of the United States is just like the rest of us.
She enters the pleasures of Latinidad and starts to grow a lady mustache.
“You’ve got toothpaste on your mustache,” Elena’s brother tells her to her absolute horror. Remember that very first mustache hair you plucked, ladies? The pain, so fresh and new and unfathomable to believe you have to deal with it for the rest of your life. Unless you choose not to.
Elena runs into her middle school teacher at Victoria’s Secret, because haven’t we all.
The horrors of seeing your teacher outside of school is already a shock to the system, let alone while wearing a DD bra outside your clothes. Welcome to life, Elena. We can’t wait to meet you.