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Golden Globe winner GINA RODRIGUEZ's [Andrea Flytas] profile has been rising steadily since her breakout performance as the titular character in Filly Brown at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. Named the "Next Big Thing" and one of the "Top 35 Latinos Under 35," by The Hollywood Reporter, Gina continues to be noticed by many due to her incredible acting chops, raw talent and addicting personality. The Los Angeles Times has referred to her as "forthright and formidable, a festival ingénue who deserves to be discussed in the same breath as Elizabeth Olsen and Jennifer Lawrence." She was recently named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Rodriguez will soon be seen in Peter Berg's Deepwater Horizon opposite Mark Wahlberg. Due out September 30th, the film details the 2010 explosion on the BP rig that resulted in the biggest oil spill in U.S. history. Gina will play Andrea Fleytas, the 23 year old, who was monitoring the oil rig's safety systems in the moments before the explosion.

She is recently wrapped production on Annihilation alongside Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tessa Thompson. Written and directed by Alex Garland, the film will tell the story of a biologist that signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don't apply. The film is slated for a 2017 release.

Rodriguez can currently be seeing playing the title role on the CW series "Jane The Virgin," which will return for its third season on October 17th at 9.00 p.m. It is for her work on the show that Rodriguez won the Golden Globe for "Best Actress - Television Series Musical or Comedy" in 2015. "Jane The Virgin" has also gained recognition and been honored with a Golden Globe nomination for "Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy" and a Critics' Choice Award for "Best Comedy Series" in 2015 and 2016 as well as a America Film Institute Award, People's Choice Award and Peabody Award. The show is based on the successful Venezuelan telenovela, "Juana la Virgen," the series centers on Jane, a hard working religious girl who, due to a series of outrageous events is accidentally arterially inseminated. The series is from writer Jennie Snyder Urman and executive produced by Ben Silverman, Gary Pearl, and Jorge Granier.

In addition to filming, Gina is currently working on publishing a book encompassing all of the lessons she has learned from her father, Genaro Rodriguez. The book titled, "I Can And I Will. Tools My Daddy Gave Me," is expected to be released in 2017 by Simon & Schuster.

Growing up, Rodriguez started performing at age seven with the Chicago-based salsa dance company Fantasia Juvenil. She went on to work with other companies including Los Soneros Del Swing, performing at several Salsa Congress' in Chicago, California, New York and Puerto Rico. At 16, Gina was one of thirteen teens to be accepted into Columbia University NY- Theatrical Collaboration taught by Richard Niles. She wrote, directed and performed original work with 12 other kids from around the world. She fell in love with New York and NYU called her name—she was accepted into the Tisch School of the Arts, and the calling was clear, theatre was it.

Gina had four years of intense theatre training at both the Atlantic Theatre Company and Experimental Theatre Wing, working with David Mamet and William H. Macy, the brilliant guidance of Rosemary Quinn and other wonderful professors. Directly after graduation, Gina booked her first lead role in the feature film Tiny Dancer. After, Gina originated the role of Frida Kahlo in the world premiere of "Casa Blue. The Last Moments in the Life of Frida Kahlo," at the American Stage Theatre. She continued to work in NY with multiple theatres and her work in film and TV steadily grew, including shows "Jonny Zero," "Army Wives," and "Law and Order," in addition to several short and indie films. One in particular, Osvaldos, was accepted into festivals including ABFF, NY HBO Latino Film Fest, Chicago International Film Fest, Urbanworld. They named Gina winner of the "Best Actor" award at the First Run Film Festival in NY and the film aired on HBO in 2010 and was named one of the "Five Best Shorts."

After the years of success in New York, Gina booked a lead role in a feature film Go For It (Lionsgate) in which she received a 2011 Imagen Awards nomination. After this, Gina booked her first co-star TV role on CBS' "Eleventh Hour." She went on to book series regular roles on web series "Eden's Court" and "No Names;" her first studio film Our Family Wedding with America Ferrera; and a lead in film Superchicas. Since then she has also guest starred on the TV shows. "The Mentalist," "Happy Endings" and "Ten Things I Hate About You."

Next up came one of Gina's most exciting roles, to date, Filly Brown (Pantellion/Lionsgate). Originally, this role had been written as a spoken word artist, an area that Gina had experience, but upon meeting the directors and producers, they informed her that they were changing the part to a rapper. After an outstanding audition, in which Gina provided an impromptu rap performance, she secured the role. Gina collaborated with music producers, E Dub and Khoolaid from Silent Giant, to come up with over five original songs for the film.

Following the success of Filly Brown, Gina went on to star in the indie dark comedy Sleeping With Fishes, written and directed by Nicole Gomez Fisher. The film focuses on Alexis Rodriguez Fish, who returns home to her family after the death of her cheating husband, the film also stars Anna Ortiz who plays her sister. She also starred in a supporting role in Snap, which reunited her with Filly Brown director Youssef Delara, and had its world premiere at SXSW in March 2015. Her indie films California Winter with Rutina Wesley and Sticky Notes, starring Ray Liotta, are pending release.

Gina is a grand supporter of the Latino community and is actively involved with the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, NCLR, CHCI, NALIP and Votolatino. Additionally, she also recently established her We Will foundation, which is designed to focus on arts education and scholarship funding for the less fortunate, with the aim of empowering young woman.

Additionally, Gina's partnership with Clinique for the brand's new global campaign, Difference Maker, was recently announced. Led by Gina and five other inspirational women, the campaign encourages fans to create positive change in their communities and supports charities focusing on education and women's healthcare through the brand's philanthropic platform, The Clinique Difference Initiative.

Born and raised in Chicago, Gina currently lives in Los Angeles.

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