Get used to hearing and seeing Gina Rodriguez‘s name everywhere — because she’s not only going to take over the CW, but her name will seriously be everywhere.
The 30-year-old actress opened up with THR about her Latino heritage, being picky on the roles she takes, Jane The Virgin and more. Check it:
On only taking roles that show Latinos as good role models: “The idea of being a sacrificial lamb, or being a complicated actor really wasn’t the truth; it was more for standing for what you believe in. I didn’t see color as a young girl; I used to think that we didn’t even exist β¦ and then to see Rita do it, I just realized we needed to make a stronger impact. That set off my course. And I used to say that I was going to be the Latino Meryl Streep one day.”
On growing up Latino in America: “I am not defined by the fact that my parents speak Spanish or that my skin color is brown. I’m defined by my character, and my character is a strong woman that’s independent, that’s following her dreams, that wants love, that wants a family, that wants to succeed just like anybody else in this world. I found it limiting to see women of my skin color only playing very specific roles as though Latino stories are different. There’s no difference!”
On turning down Devious Maids: “I didn’t connect to Devious Maids. I didn’t want that to be my coming-out. I also passed on this hip-hop film β I can’t remember what it was called but it hasn’t come out β because it was really negative in the sense that it portrayed Latinos in a real negative light, and they were throwing a huge chunk of change my way, and I just couldn’t do it. And thank God. I wouldn’t have changed anything because this is what I was meant to do.”