CW Comedy-Drama, JANE The VIRGIN star GINA RODRIGUEZ gets interviewed by Actress/Singer/TV Host ADRIENNE BAILON as the cover story for the March 2015 issue of LATINA!!!
Here are some interview highlights:
I can’t believe we’ve never met before. Let’s start with your family life. How was it growing up?
I grew up in Chicago, in the ’hood, where it was predominantly Latino and Polish. The whole area starts with a big ol’ Puerto Rican flag and ends with a big ol’ Puerto Rican flag.
Do you guys have a big ol’ Puerto Rican parade out there?
Oh, yeah, girl! I just got asked to be the grand marshal of the New York one! I’m about to salsa for miles. But Chicago is dope. I have two older sisters: One’s an investment banker and the other is a doctor. We all did good until I came around, and they were like, “Actor? No, you’re trying to be a lawyer.” And I was like, “I’m not trying to do anything with law but I’ll play one on TV.” It took a little while for my parents to get used to me being an actor.
But you studied at Columbia University and graduated from New York University. That’s big! Obviously, education is important to you.
Education was definitely number one, and that's why acting scared my parents. They were like, "What are you going to do with that? How are you going to make money?" We didn't grow up with money so they always instilled that education was going to get you to where you needed to be, and it definitely did. The reason I went to N.Y.U. was because it was the only way to get them on board. And it was the best thing that happened to me, because I got the tools and techniques that I'll never change for anything.