8 Things to Know About Genesis Rodriguez

Genesis Rodriguez, our April 2016 cover star, has a lot to bring to the table — irresistible charm, good looks and everything in between. Ahead, get to know the 28-year-old Cuban-Venezuelan star a little bit better:

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1. She got it from her papa.

Rodriguez has good genes. The starlet proudly calls Jose Luis "El Puma" Rodriguez her father, but she's since broken away from the singer's fame to make her own success.


2. She speaks up for causes she believes in.

Despite Rodriguez's glowing complextion, she's quick to jump on the "safe skin" wagon. Last year, we caught up with the actress, who partnered with L'Oréal Paris and the Melanoma Research Alliance to spread awareness about skin protection. Rodriguez spoke candidly about how important the issue was to her, being that it had affected her personally. 


3. She's a Latina on a mission.

Last year, Rodriguez opened up about the issues Latinas face in Hollywood. Though the star has landed some impressive roles, including parts in Casa de mi Padre and Tusk, she isn't satisfied. "I am a Latina with a mission and a journey," Rodriguez told Latin Post. "I really do have a north and my north is to not repeat myself too much. I don't want to be the girl that's always the cop, or always the lawyer, or always the sex pot in a movie, eye candy. That's so easy to put us in the stereotype."


4. She has an Oscar under her belt. 

Rodriguez voiced super heroine Honey Lemon in Big Hero 6, which earned the Oscar for Best Animated Feature in 2015.


5. She's a ride-or-die basketball fan.

Behind those gorgeous looks, Rodriguez hides a big secret: she's a hardore Miami Heat fanatic. Watch out boys! She can definitely hold her own in a bball battle.


6. Her name game is #OnFleek.

One look at Rodriguez's Instagram feed, and you'll learn that a fresh manicure is most important to her. Not just any 'ol paint, though. The actress gets some awesome, crazy nail designs you have to see to believe.


7. She's got a nerd quality, too.

In the past, Rodriguez has spoken about being obsessed with Star Wars. She even admitted she has dressed up as Darth Vader and R2D2 for Halloween. The star's devoted fans enjoy creating images to ensure the force is always with her.


8. She's a seasoned hip-hop head.

Rodriguez has been known to be a hip-hop music obsessee, despite growing up around her father's hit Spanish music.