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Golden Globe winner GINA RODRIGUEZ's (Mary) 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, Rodriguez continues to be noticed for her incredible acting ability, philanthropy, producing, and Movement Mondays. 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 and awarded Variety's Humanitarian Award.

Rodriguez can currently be seen playing the title role on the CW series "Jane the Virgin," which recently returned for its fourth season. 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 Golden Globe nomination for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy in 2016 and 2017 and a Critics' Choice Award for Best Comedy Series in 2015 and 2016 as well as an 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.

Rodriguez will also lend her voice to Twentieth Century Fox's animated film Ferdinand in which she will play a hedgehog named Una alongside John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Anthony Anderson and Daveed Diggs. Based on the beloved children's story about a bull who would rather smell the flowers than fight, the film is scheduled to be released on December 15.

She will soon be seen in Paramount's Annihilation alongside Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tessa Thompson. Written and directed by Alex Garland (Ex Machina), 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 will be released on February 23, 2018.

She recently wrapped production on Catherine Hardwicke's Miss Bala, to be released next year.

Rodriguez was recently seen on the big screen in Peter Berg's Sept. 2016 release Deepwater Horizon opposite Mark Wahlberg. The film details the 2010 explosion on the BP rig that resulted in the biggest oil spill in U.S. history. Gina portrayed Andrea Fleytas, the 23-year-old, who was monitoring the oil rig's safety systems in the moments before the explosion.

In addition to acting, Rodriguez is a leader in supporting and empowering women and diversity. This passion led Rodriguez to create, with her production company, I Can & I Will Productions, the first annual Marie Claire's Young Women's Honors. Young Women's Honors is a global platform that discovers, honors and celebrates women who demonstrate confidence, intelligence and leadership, that will inspire others to follow. The second annual installation of the awards show is scheduled for 2018.

Additionally, Rodriguez created another passion project, Movement Mondays which has her highlighting artists of diversity each Monday to her social media following.

Currently, Rodriguez is working on a book being published by Simon & Schuster 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 2018.

Rodriguez 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 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.

Born and raised in Chicago, Gina currently lives in Los Angeles, and is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

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