Gina Rodriguez is one of our favorite Hollywood stars. The actress is super-smart, stunningly gorgeous, crazy-talented and totally laid-back. In honor of the mid-season return of her show, "Jane the Virgin," to The CW on Jan. 26, 2018, Wonderwall.com is highlighting 20 reasons we're SO obsessed with Gina. Keep reading to get the scoop…
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No. 1: She has the best red carpet style
Gina Rodriguez slays the style game. But the humble actress gives all the credit for her flawless fashion sense to her stylist: "[She] has always put beautiful visions out there for me," the "Jane the Virgin" star told Wonderwall.com in 2015. "She leads me very much in my fashion because she knows my body type and what I like and how I feel confident and my style and my energy. [I want to feel] like a dream: whimsical and lovely and regal."
No. 2: She's brave in the face of her fears
Gina Rodriguez works the red carpet like a pro, so you'd never know that the "Deepwater Horizon" star actually finds the experience to be "absolutely terrifying." "I don't know if there's ever a time that you get used to that," she told Wonderwall.com in 2015. Added the actress, "I try to keep my stress level as little as possible by just not thinking about it — just enjoying the experience and taking it all in… If you are really present and in the moment and just focusing on what's happening right now in front of you, then you really have nothing to be afraid of because you have no time to be afraid."
No. 3: She's tough
Gina Rodriguez's doctor diagnosed her with thyroid disease when she was 19 years old. The rising star didn't learn until after she started shooting "Jane the Virgin" that she actually had Hashimoto's thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks healthy thyroid tissue and can cause fatigue and weight gain. "[My doctor said,] 'To be honest, I don't know how you're standing right now and why you're not asleep," she told "Entertainment Tonight" in 2014. "I was like, 'I just ran a half marathon.'" (Of course she did!)
No. 4: She takes her status as a role model very seriously
Gina Rodriguez passed on a role on "Devious Maids" because she felt that the show perpetuated stereotypes of Latina women in American culture. "Every role that I've chosen [have] been ones that I think are going to push forward the idea of my culture, of women, of beauty, my idea of liberating young girls, of feeling that they have to look at a specific beauty type," she explained while participating in a Television Critics Association summer press tour panel in 2014. "I wasn't going to let my introduction to the world be one of a story that I think has been told many times. I wanted it to be a story that was going to liberate young girls and say, 'Wow, there we are too, and we're the doctors, and we're the teachers, and we're the writers, and we're the lawyers, and I can do that too. And I don't have to be a perfect size zero. I can be a perfect size me.'"
No. 5: She walks the walk when it comes to promoting diversity in the media
In early 2016, Gina Rodriguez launched her #MovementMondays campaign, in which she spotlights a Latino actor or actress on her Instagram account to bring awareness to talent from underrepresented ethnic groups in Hollywood. "I decided to start a movement and speak from the perspective of a Latina American who desires to see more Latinos on screen," she wrote on Instagram while kicking off the initiative. "There are 55 million Latinos in this country and although we all come from various backgrounds, our unity can make a movie explode at the box office or a TV show soar to the highest viewers possible. The better these projects do financially, the more money they will spend on putting Latinos in blockbuster films, as leads in TV shows, etc. My solution is this, support is needed."
No. 6: She won't compromise her ethics for a paycheck
"Money comes and goes," Gina Rodriguez told "Entertainment Tonight" in 2014 while explaining why she turned down a role on "Devious Maids." Continued the actress, "I grew up with very humble beginnings. I learned at a really young age that money doesn't make me who I am. Driving nice cars and wearing fancy clothes doesn't make Gina awesome. Gina can make Gina awesome."
No. 7: She doesn't let haters get to her
"In the industry, we are so driven by perception: how we're perceived, reputation, your brand, how good you look on this and how bad you looked on that," Gina Rodriguez told Wonderwall.com in 2015. "You play into it as though it is life-threatening. You can fall into that trap. 'Is this real?' Then you have to stop and be like, 'No, no, no, no!' Art is subjective. Everybody's going to feel differently about you. There are going to be some people who love you and [some who do] not. That's just what it is."
No. 8: She's cares about more than looks when it comes to the opposite sex
"My favorite trait on a man in his smile — most definitely, a hundred percent," Gina Rodriguez told Wonderwall.com in 2015. "If you have a beautiful smile, I am a sucker for that." Added the "Ferdinand" voice actress, "Kindness is important. It's needed in any relationship — and you see that in the smile." She's got good taste in men too! Gina has been dating actor-model Joe LoCicero (pictured here) since 2016.
No. 9: She raps
When she was a student at New York University, Gina Rodriguez and a gal pal used to rap at parties under the names Cutz and Lady Fury. "We were dropping those rhymes all over NYU," the "Jane the Virgin" star, who wrote original raps during her college days, joked during an appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" in September 2016. The erstwhile Cutz then performed an impromptu rendition of Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass."
No. 10: She's generous
In 2014, around the time she started working on "Jane the Virgin," Gina Rodriguez took in a college friend and her 4-year-old daughter when they fell on hard times. The rising star set up a partition in her apartment's living room to accommodate the duo during their 10-month stay until her friend got a job. Gina called the experience a "blessing" during an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
No. 11: She treats her fans really, really well
In January 2016, a fan tweeted Gina Rodriguez saying how much she would love to wear the "Jane the Virgin" star's Golden Globes dress to her prom. Surprisingly, Gina responded that although she couldn't give her the Zac Posen gown she was wearing that night because it was on loan from the designer, she could send over the Badgley Mischka gown (pictured) that she wore during the 2015 Golden Globe Awards — and she did!
No. 12: She's a fan too!
We make no secret of how much we adore Kerry Washington — and neither does Gina Rodriguez. "I love Kerry Washington," she told Wonderwall.com in 2015. "She's just so regal and still so sexy." Someone sign up these two to work together!
No. 13: She's super-talented
If you've seen the ridiculously smart and hilarious "Jane the Virgin," you already know that Gina Rodriguez is good — real good! She even won the 2015 Golden Globe for best performance by an actress in a comedy or musical TV series for her work on the hit show.
No. 14: She's not afraid to step out of her comfort zone
Gina Rodriguez is all about trying new things! The actress recently directed an episode of her hit show, "Jane the Virgin," for the first time. She is also expanding her resume in production: Gina is executive producing two new shows in 2018, "Have Mercy" airing on CBS and "Illegal" airing on The CW.
No. 15: She's a #TimesUp supporter
Inspired by numerous women telling their stories of sexual harassment in Hollywood, Gina Rodriguez tweeted her support for the Time's Up movement in early 2018. "#TIMESUP on pretending change is not needed. We stand in solidarity because we are grateful to our sisters and brothers, both survivors and allies who have spoken out and forced the convo of sexual harassment, sexual assault and gender bias into the spotlight," she wrote on Jan. 7, 2018.
No. 16: She enjoys a healthy lifestyle
Gina Rodriguez has perfected the tricky balance of eating healthy but not taking it to the extreme. She told Shape in October 2017 that she's all about body positivity while eating healthy. "I think body positivity is important because it frees up a lot of worrying and a lot of stress we spend on it daily. Instead, put all that time and energy into doing the things you want to do and making your dreams come true," she said. Gina enjoys "eating more fiber and vegetable protein" to help her fight fatigue, but she also indulges from time to time. "I eat healthily and work out, so I don't worry about having a red velvet cupcake or slice of pizza."
No. 17: She's an advocate for Dreamers
Gina Rodriguez's newest project for The CW, "Illegals," is a dramedy about a family that's undocumented and living in America, with a focus on a teenager who was brought over as a young child. A long-time advocate for Latinos and Dreamers, Gina explained to the Los Angeles Times why she chose to do the show. "When we talk about inclusivity, there are a lot of communities that aren't being discussed. And the Latino community, we have waves of Latinos doing projects — but do they get exposure? I want there to be such a plethora that you have to name us on multiple hands. I saw a lot of kids in my feed happy that their stories — or at least an aspect — are finally getting told. I'm not just talking about DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] or undocumented [people]. I'm talking about all Latinos in this country wanting to feel present in this country and loved and supported," she said in September 2017.
No. 18: She's a fabulous salsa dancer
Gina Rodriguez not only acts, directs and produces — she also dances! The star is an avid salsa dancer who first began performing professionally when she was only 7. When asked by Vogue in December 2017 who she would most like to salsa dance with, Gina replied, "It would be Jennifer Lopez!"
No. 19: She's a dream chaser
If there's one thing Gina Rodriguez knows how to do, it's chase dreams. The actress recently purchased her first home, an experience she calls a long-time goal. "I really love opening up to my fans about milestones — setting goals and going after them. I think owning a home is something I've wanted for a very long time. I thought it was important to do some kind of collaboration to let people know that if you keep trying, you can accomplish your dreams. Owning a home was definitely one of mine," she told People magazine in October 2017.
No. 20: She's a dog mom
Who doesn't love a cute pup? Gina Rodriguez is a proud dog mom of one adorable little pooch named Casper. Her oldest dog, Ted, passed away in 2016. "Hardest thing in the entire world was saying goodbye to my Ted today. I love you. I always will," Gina wrote on Instagram at the time. "I'll never forget the joy you brought into my life, the journey we took together. You are my boy and mama will miss you. Not sure how to process or handle you not being around anymore. In complete shock hoping anything will make this better. I love you buddy. Forever."