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Gina Rodriguez on ‘Miss Bala’ and Representation in Hollywood

Gina Rodriguez on red carpet.

2019 is already looking pretty great for Gina Rodriguez. Am I right?

The 34 year-old star of “Jane the Virgin” is everywhere on both the small and big screens, starring in Netflix’s reboot of “Carmen Sandiego” and now the remake of the crazy intense action film, Miss Bala, which is out in theaters on February 1st.

Since her Golden Globe win for “Jane,” Rodriguez has catapulted herself to new career heights by fulfilling roles in larger film projects including  Deep Water Horizon Annihilation, Ferdinand, and Smallfoot. For Rodriguez, Miss Bala was the perfect project to increase awareness on the level of Latinx involvement in the film industry. According to her, the Latinx crew and cast made up approximately 95% of the Miss Bala film – yassss.

CBS This Morning talked to Rodriguez about her mission to make Hollywood more inclusive. “This movie is a barrier breaking action movie which is right up your alley because that’s what you want to do.”  Sadly, they follow with the statistic that only 7% of Latin women get to play leading roles in major films. Although Rodriguez says she can’t represent the entire Latinx community, she is happy to be an advocate and create opportunities to show the many beautiful cultures that make up the Latinx community.

The talent in the movie promises to be great and engage us for their next project. Miss Bala 2? No, we mean the crew and cast participating in more major films. Cheers to a great “barrier breaking” movie, guys!

Would you like to see more Latinx talent behind the camera creating content that really understands our community? Wouldn’t it be cool to have a place where good curated Latinx TV and Film content was promoted? Leave us a comment and tell us what you think. We’ll stay tuned…

#MissBala #BarrierBreaking

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Vivian Wang

Vivian is a travel enthusiast and food connoisseur living in New York City. Her curiosity and passion for languages and culture has taken her across eight countries over the past year. When not working, you can find her meandering in art museums or sampling food at the street markets.

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