Gina Rodriguez Discusses Getting Her Start in Hollywood
Here’s what the 32-year-old Jane the Virgin star had to share:
On knowing she wanted to act and getting her start: “My path wasn’t laid out for me in my family or my culture, because there are so few of us in the industry. That’s how my whole career happened. Your eyes are open; you don’t know what the next answer is going to be, but you’re open. And you take every opportunity that comes your way.”
On turning down roles that perpetuated stereotypes: “I decided I was going to take roles that progressed the image of Latinos in the industry, and I was going to choose those roles over money. I wanted to make sure I was contributing positively and not allowing limitations to dampen my experiences and my journey.”
On loving herself: “I’m currently working on accepting love. I’m constantly working on the part of myself that doesn’t feel like ‘enough.’ This relationship has been possible because, for the past six months, I have vowed to work on loving myself. I want to know that I don’t need another to be full. So that whenever another person, an endorsement, or a project comes into play, they are an addition, not filling a need for value or fulfillment or worth or love. Because if I do that, I will forever be hungry.”
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