Gina Rodriguez on Being Inspired by America Ferrera and Meeting Brad Pitt

Jane the Virgin's star Gina Rodriguez reveals that America Ferrera's film Real Women Have Curves inspired her to pursue an acting career and what it was like meeting Brad Pitt.

Celebrity Sightings in New York City - May 16, 2017
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Gina Rodriguez gave a shout out to fellow Latina actress America Ferrera — but it wasn’t for any of Ferrera’s recent or high-profile successes, like TV shows Superstore or Ugly Betty. The Jane the Virgin star told Vogue she was particularly inspired by Ferrera’s 15-year-old film Real Women Have Curves. The 2002 dramedy tells the story of a young seamstress living in East Los Angeles who dreams of going to college and loves her curves despite being harshly criticized for them by her controlling mother. When asked by the fashion magazine what sparked her desire to act, Rodriguez replied: “When I saw America Ferrera in Real Women Have Curves.

2002 Toronto Film Festival - "Real Women Have Curves" Portraits
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This summer, the two actresses excited fans about a possible collaboration when Ferrara posted a candid shot with Rodriguez on Instagram Aug. 26 with a message that read: “A glorious afternoon with my sister @hereisgina. I love this beautiful-hearted, bad-ass Latina who is killing the game left right and center. Making us all proud! #hermanas [sisters].

This isn’t the first time that Rodriguez and Ferrera have fangirled over one another. When the Golden Globes’ Twitter account confused the Ugly Betty actress for Rodriguez in 2015, Entertainment Tonight asked the Rodriguez about the mix-up, and she responded by praising Ferrera: “Who cares?” she said. “America’s lovely. She’s so beautiful and such a fantastic actress. If there’s anybody I want to get mixed up with, it’s her for sure.”

In the fast-paced video interview, Rodriguez also revealed other celebrity crushes. She was totally starstruck and at a loss for words when she met Brad Pitt. If she could raid any woman’s closet, she said without hesitation it would be: Beyoncé’s. If she could pick any salsa partner in the world it would be Jennifer Lopez. Her favorite place to travel to on earth is to her family’s homeland of Puerto Rico.

“Best part about my job is I feel like I could do anything,” the 33 year old said. “Between ‘action’ and ‘cut’ I feel like I could fly.”

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