Jane the Virgin's Gina Rodriguez: 'I Want to Change the Idea of Minorities in the Media'
"Growing up, I never saw my home life reflected on-screen, and that made me feel a certain way about myself," said Rodriguez
“I want to change the idea of minorities in the media,” Rodriguez says in the summer issue of Glam Belleza Latina. “Growing up, I never saw my home life reflected on-screen, and that made me feel a certain way about myself.”
Says Rodriguez, “It’s not only about my ethnicity; it made me feel a certain way about my beauty. Not seeing a woman like me as a lead made me feel like I’d never be skinny enough, I’d never be pretty enough. I want to give young girls, like my niece, the tools to see a billboard and think, ‘That [non-Latina] girl is beautiful, but that s not the only form of beauty.’ “
The 30-year-old captured America’s eye with her starring role in Jane the Virgin and then won its heart with her speech after winning the Golden Globe for best actress in a TV series, musical or comedy – only the fourth Latina to win an acting Globe since the awards’ inception in 1944.
“The win was fantastic, but the nomination itself was the win,” states Rodriguez, who says that even when “people post pictures of me on social media looking crazy, in mid-speech, I can still see beauty in those pictures.” “I want to be acknowledged for what I do. For people to stop and say, ‘She can act her ass off. I want to work with her.’ ”
Rodriguez continues, “That way I can tell more stories. And I can open up more doors.”
Rodriguez told PEOPLE in March that she’s constantly told she’s not skinny or ethnic enough, but she affirms that she’s “real.”
“I’m not put-together all the time,” she tells Glam Belleza Latina. “That is just the truth. And to live up to that is just too much.”
Rodriguez, who recently landed her first big fashion campaign, says it’s not nerve-racking to walk red carpets “because I belong there. I just do.”
She adds, “We all do. Genesis Rodriguez, Natalie Martinez, Melonie Diaz. I support them all. I’ve got their backs because we’re not alone.”