EXCLUSIVE: Genesis Rodriguez on Style & Hollywood – “I Think I’m Representing a New Generation of Latinos”

Would you ever go back to doing a telenovela?

I’m loving the here and now. I really want to keep on opening doors for myself, and others who want to come in. This is not easy. This is something that took a lot of work and a lot of rejection and just trying to break the mold for Latinas. And you know if we have one Latina in Hollywood that’s a blessing. But if we have even more, that’s the way it should be. I think I’m representing a new generation of Latinos – bilingual, bicultural people. Those who identify with both cultures equally. Who have rice and beans but love their cheeseburgers [laughs]. I am that. I want to keep doing this and breaking into film as much as I can. But I don’t ever want to leave my audience. I would love to do film in Spanish.

What words of wisdom or advice has your father, El Puma, given you?

It’s a Spanish term, tener piel de elefante, which is to have elephant skin. To not let anything get to you. Whether it be good or bad, don’t let the good things take you too high and the lows take you too low.

Transitioning to style and fashion, what person would you consider your style icon?  

I really like, the risk takers. I like people who make those different choices on the carpet. I really like Charlize Theron. I think she’s elegant and edgy, as well. I love Zoe Saldana. I love her. She’s really a risk taker, and I feel like that’s great for us, for Latinas, because it’s not the typical, ‘oh we’re sexy we’re going to sell the sexy,’ it’s ‘I’m edgy, I’m cool, I’m in the fashion game.’ It’s breaking the stereotypes.

How would you describe your style?

I’m a bit of everything, it’s all about my mood really.