Spoiler: Gina Rodriguez is not a virgin, but she totally supports virginity.
In an interview with comedian Phoebe Robinson, Rodriguez shared the story of losing her virginity, and it’s as Gina as you would expect.
“I lost my virginity, which I feel is pretty early, I was 17,” Rodriguez told Robinson. “It was my boyfriend of a year-ish. He was leaving to Chile to study abroad, and we wanted to lose it to each other. We wanted to make sure that it was special and that we would always have a beautiful memory of it. So… I lost my virginity to the sweetest guy ever. It was pretty magical. It was like safety. He put on a song, we were at my friend’s farm house in like the outskirts of Chicago.”
“It was like a Mandy Moore freaking movie, dude,” Rodriguez said in the interview.
So romantic ?.
But Rodriguez says that since she is Puerto Rican and her ex-boyfriend is Chilean, people expected them to already be sexually active.
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“And like, to be Puerto Rican and he was Chileno, we were the furthest from that kind of experience, or, at least, grew up the furthest from that kind of experience,” Rodriguez told Robinson. “So it was really lovely to step out of the stereotype.”
By waiting till 17, Rodriguez says it was how she broke the stereotype of Latinas being promiscuous. She even talked about a friend who got pregnant at 14 before Rodriguez even had her period.
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Rodriguez then explains to Robinson that before she started working on “Jane the Virgin,” she had a boyfriend who was very devout and was saving himself for marriage. In that relationship, she learned what it really means to make the commitment to save yourself, and it doesn’t mean you don’t have desires — you just have better control over those desires.
Since virginity has been such a thing in Rodriguez’s own life, she wanted to make sure she portrayed it well as Jane Villanueva.
“I didn’t want her to lack sexuality, she was making a commitment and this kind of commitment is just unpopular in our society,” Rodriguez told Robinson about portraying Jane. “All we have to do is make it popular.”
That’s right. Rodriguez is all about celebrating the people who can make the virginal commitment by making sure she plays her role right.
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Like she told The Hollywood Reporter back in July 2016, she met a virgin who was 25 and made the commitment to save herself. Rodriguez was floored by the woman who decided to wait and has nothing but respect for her.
But that doesn’t mean Rodriguez doesn’t have some hopes for Jane in season 3.
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Low key, so does everyone else. *sets DVR with great hopes*
You can listen to the full interview here.