Gina Rodriguez sat down with PEOPLE Now to share her excitement over her new role in The Star, an animated movie about the unrecognized heroes of the first Christmas

By Maria Pasquini
November 16, 2017 05:01 PM
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Gina Rodriguez made a name for herself on Jane the Virgin, and now the actress has taken on another chaste character: the Virgin Mary.

The 33-year-old actress sat down with PEOPLE Now to share her excitement over her new role in The Star, an animated movie about the unrecognized heroes of the first Christmas.

“Prior to Jane the Virgin I always wanted to do animation. I do have a huskier voice … so it was nice to be able to play with it — to lighten it up for Mary,” she said.

“And also it’s the nativity story,” she continued. “I was raised on this story. I’ve known this story my whole life, and when somebody was like, ‘Do you want to play the Virgin Mary?’ I was like ‘Yeah.’ ”

Asked how she prepared to “be so saintly,” Rodriguez replied that the Virgin Mary wasn’t saintly at all. “[She] was a normal woman. She was the everyday woman. …That’s the whole thing.”

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Rodriguez also discussed her role as the voice of Carmen Sandiego in the upcoming Netflix revival, which is set to premiere in 2019 with 20, 22-minute-long episodes.

“The original Carmen Sandiego was Rita Moreno. I’m just slowly trying to become her,” she said. “I’m single Latina femaling Rita Moreno. …I wanna be her.”

After revealing that Moreno — who guest-starred on Jane the Virgin as Rodriguez’s grandmother — will also be making a cameo on the new season, Rodriguez said “Netflix is doing a phenomenal job” with the show, which is still geared toward teaching children new things.

And not just children. “I mean, I learn things every single time,” she said. “I’m like, ‘Oh really? That happened. Good to know.’ “

But there was one question about the new show Rodriguez didn’t have an answer for: whether Netflix is keeping Carmen Sandiego‘s iconic theme song.

“You know I ask this probably every single time I go in,” she said. “I don’t have complete control over that, but there is a huge pressure on my end for it to stay.”

The Star comes out Nov. 17.