We're just going to say it: Gina Rodriguez, we LOVE you! The Chicago-born Puerto Rican, who is best known for her role in the film Filly Brown, is making her way to our fall TV lineup. Rodriguez will be starring as Jane Villanueva in The CW's new telenovela primetime adaptation, Jane the Virgin. The 29-year-old actress has already been dubbed the "Next Big Thing," and we couldn't agree more.
Not a fan yet? Here are seven quotes that will surely have you obsessed with this chica:
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"I am not going to take a role because there's money. It might extend my checkbook but not my integrity," she told Cosmopolitan.
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#2 Listen, Young Latinas!
"Get an education. The one thing that nobody can take away from you is your education," she said. "I'm here, I'm present, I'm a contributor to society, I deserve to be part of this conversation, I have an opinion, listen to me roar."
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#3 Why She Became an Actress
"I didn’t become an artist to be a millionaire. I didn’t become an actor to wear Louis Vuitton," she said in a speech. "I have to give this dress back when we’re done. I became an actor to change the way I grew up."
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#4 The Latino Meryl Streep
"I didn't see color as a young girl; I used to think that we didn't even exist …and then to see Rita do it, I just realized we needed to make a stronger impact," she told The Hollywood Reporter. "That set off my course. And I used to say that I was going to be the Latino Meryl Streep one day."
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#5 The Industry
"I find it so interesting that in this industry, we want to divide. I guess that's just an American culture: divide and conquer, right? But that's so limiting. I am not defined by the fact that my parents speak Spanish or that my skin color is brown," she said. "I'm defined by my character, and my character is a strong woman that's independent, that's following her dreams, that wants love, that wants a family, that wants to succeed just like anybody else in this world."
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#6 Road to Success
"The only way to success is through failure," she said, "but we're not going to be stopped by that failure because we know that there is nothing that can inhibit us but ourselves."
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#7 Latinos & Their Stories
“The industry’s had this constant notion that Latinos have a different story,” she told The New York Times, when “there’s nothing about me that’s different.”