Gina Rodriguez is an award-winning American actress. She shot to fame for her role as Jane Gloriana Villanueva in the CW series, Jane the Virgin. Asides from being a very beautiful and talented actress, Rodriguez is also an activist and a humanitarian. She leverages on her star appeal to promote issues close to her heart, such as women’s rights and education. Find out more about her here including her net worth, ethnicity, sister and boyfriend.
Gina Rodriguez Bio (Ethnicity)
Gina Alexis Rodriguez was born on the 30th of July 1984 in Chicago Illinois. She grew up in a family of five comprising of herself, two other sisters and her parents, Magali and Genaro Rodríguez.
Gina Rodriguez’s parents are originally from Puerto Rico. This means that she is Latina. As can be expected, she never hesitates to talk about issues affecting people from her community such as immigration. She also collaborates with charities that help Latinas get education such as the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. Similarly, in 2018, Rodriguez used her Emmy nomination campaign funds to pay for the full tuition of an undocumented Latina student. She also has a production company called I Can & I Will. The company focuses on Latina-themed projects and aims to help more Latinas achieve a career in filmmaking.
The young Rodriguez had her education at various schools in Chicago including the St. Ignatius College Prep. For her college education, she attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and graduated with a B.A. in fine Arts in 2005.
Gina Rodriguez made her first professional screen appearance on the legal drama Law and Order in 2004. Since then, she has gone on to appear in over 20 TV series as well as over 20 movies. Some of the TV series she has appeared in include The Mentalist, Army Wives, Eleventh Hour, The Bold and The Beautiful, 10 things I Hate About You, Happy Endings, Longmire, Lip Sync Battle, Big Mouth, Animals etc. Her movie credits include Filly Brown, Our Family Wedding, California Winter, Enter The Dangerous Mind, Deepwater, The Star, Ferdinand etc. Her most popular work till date is undoubtedly the CW romantic comedy-drama, Jane the Virgin. There, she plays a religious young Latina virgin who becomes pregnant after being mistakenly artificially inseminated. The show proved popular with critics and audiences alike and earned Rodriguez many awards.
Gina Rodriguez is not just a pretty face but a philanthropist as well. She has collaborated with organizations working to stamp out bullying as well as those trying to provide girls with access to menstrual products. She is also a vocal supporter of education and believes in the opportunities it holds for young people. The Chicago native has won several awards in the course of her career. They include the 2014 Golden Globe Award for best actress in a television series musical or comedy, the 2012 Imagen Award for best actress in a feature film, the 2016 Imagen Award for best actress -television.
Husband or Boyfriend
Gina Rodriguez is currently in a relationship with Joe LoCicero. He is an actor and they met in 2016 after he guest starred as a stripper on an episode of Jane the Virgin. She regularly gushes about her love for her ‘king’ on social media and they often attend award ceremonies together.
The lovely couple got engaged in July 2018. However, wedding bells may not be ringing any time soon as Rodriguez has a number of upcoming projects to keep her busy. It includes the fifth and final season of Jane the Virgin, Miss Bala (a movie about a beauty pageant winner who is forced to work for a mob). She is also set to star in the Netflix animation as well as the live-action remake of Carmen Sandiego.
Gina Rodriguez is the youngest of three sisters. Her elder sisters are high flying individuals in their own right. One of them, Ivelisse Rodriguez Simon is an alumnus of Harvard Business School and is now a partner at a private-equity firm. The other, Rebecca Rodriguez is a doctor, she is an internist and graduate of the University of Illinois, College of Medicine. Rebecca is affiliated to the renowned Rush University Medical Centre in Chicago.
Gina Rodriguez credits her family for her success; in her own words “she is not a self-made anything”. For instance, she was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in her junior year of college. The disease forced her to miss her some of her classes and she subsequently lost her scholarship. Her sister, Ivelisse, provided the extra funds that ensured she finished her schooling.
Gina Rodriguez’s net worth is currently estimated at $5 million. Her source of income is most notably her acting career as well as a few endorsement deals here and there. With the upcoming projects that she is set to take one, this net worth will surely increase in no time.
Gina Rodriguez is 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 58kg or 127 pounds. In addition to acting, she is also a very good boxer. Her dad, a former boxing referee, introduced her and her sisters to boxing when they were young. Her boxing skill certainly comes in handy in some of her movie roles.