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Actress Gina Rodriguez on Why Her Sisters Were Key to Her Success

The Hollywood Reporter named Gina Rodriguez “The Next Big Thing,” and if you’ve ever seen any of her performances, you’ll most likely agree.

Rodriguez had her breakout moment in 2012 with the indie hit “Filly Brown,” but proves her versatility with her latest role in The CW’s new series “Jane the Virgin” a dramady about an accidental pregnancy.

For Rodriguez, the desire to perform was one she realized at a very young age.

“I love to perform,” she told Fusion’s Alicia Menendez “I started as a salsa dancer so for me it was a natural progression to just stop the music and start talking and have everybody listen.”

At 16, she left her home in San Antonio, Texas to attend the elite Theatrical Collaboration summer class taught by Richard Niles at Columbia University. For two months she wrote, directed and performed original work with the 12 other students.

Since Rodriguez decided at such a young age to pursue her dream in acting, Menendez wondered if the young actress had any role models in the industry.

“Rita Moreno is outrageous,” Rodriguez told Menendez. “And to hear her talk about not taking on certain roles because they perpetuate stereotypes… she was definitely my pioneer for that.”

Rodriguez opened up to Menendez about her family, her doubts and her dedication to finding meaning in each of her roles.

“If I’m going to be an artist, then I’m going to be an artist for a reason,” Rodriguez said.

WATCH: Gina Rodriguez’s Talks About the new Series ‘Jane the Virgin’

Credit: Victoria Moreno, Ignacio Torres, Johanna Rojas, Paola Bolano

Actress Gina Rodriguez on Why Her Sisters Were Key to Her Success

The Hollywood Reporter named Gina Rodriguez “The Next Big Thing,” and if you’ve ever seen any of her performances, you’ll most likely agree.

Rodriguez had her breakout moment in 2012 with the indie hit “Filly Brown,” but proves her versatility with her latest role in The CW’s new series “Jane the Virgin” a dramady about an accidental pregnancy.

For Rodriguez, the desire to perform was one she realized at a very young age.

“I love to perform,” she told Fusion’s Alicia Menendez “I started as a salsa dancer so for me it was a natural progression to just stop the music and start talking and have everybody listen.”

At 16, she left her home in San Antonio, Texas to attend the elite Theatrical Collaboration summer class taught by Richard Niles at Columbia University. For two months she wrote, directed and performed original work with the 12 other students.

Since Rodriguez decided at such a young age to pursue her dream in acting, Menendez wondered if the young actress had any role models in the industry.

“Rita Moreno is outrageous,” Rodriguez told Menendez. “And to hear her talk about not taking on certain roles because they perpetuate stereotypes… she was definitely my pioneer for that.”

Rodriguez opened up to Menendez about her family, her doubts and her dedication to finding meaning in each of her roles.

“If I’m going to be an artist, then I’m going to be an artist for a reason,” Rodriguez said.

WATCH: Gina Rodriguez’s Talks About the new Series ‘Jane the Virgin’

Credit: Victoria Moreno, Ignacio Torres, Johanna Rojas, Paola Bolano

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