"People think you hit some kind of success and then, boom, everything unfolds for you. But that's completely untrue," Rodriguez tells PEOPLE

By Patrick Gomez
Updated December 09, 2015 01:00 PM
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Gina Rodriguez can attest that winning a Golden Globe isn’t a golden ticket to a perfect life.

“People think you hit some kind of success and then, boom, everything unfolds for you. But that’s completely untrue,” the Jane the Virgin star tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “You have to work twice as hard because now everyone’s, like, ‘Yo! You got this award. You better get up on it!’ ”

And Rodriguez, 31, has certainly been getting “up on it.”

In addition to Jane, the actress has multiple films slated to be released in 2016 including Deepwater Horizon with Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell and Kate Hudson.

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But Rodriguez admits that a lot in her personal life has gotten more complicated since her big win last January.

Relationships and friendships have gotten a little more difficult,” says Rodriguez, who split from boyfriend Henri Esteve earlier this year. “You have to keep a real and honest and clear passageway with everybody in your life. You can’t allow the yes men to get in your head because the hype can be scary.”

For more from Rodriguez, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

Keeping Rodriguez grounded is her work with causes that things that really make her “heart tick,” like the upcoming Moët Moment Film Festival, which will allow young filmmakers to submit 30- to 60-second films for the chance to win a $25,000 grant.

“The Hollywood Foreign Press Association changed my life. They found me in my little corner of all this television madness. I love that they are giving me the chance to give back and find a young filmmaker who has been in their own little nook,” says Rodriguez, who will serve as a judge at the festival to the celebrate the champagne brand’s 25th anniversary at the Golden Globes. “Plus, I love champagne.”