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'Filly Brown' gave me the wings to fly, but red carpets are still very uncomfortable.
— Gina Rodriguez

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Acting is how I'll be able to change how Latinos are viewed in media and change how little girls see and talk about themselves.

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Being an actress wasn't realistic. I knew that I was going to have to do it in a way that would speak to my parents. So I went to NYU Tisch School of the Arts for theater, and I studied at the conservatory.

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Being half Jewish, we grew up with Christmas trees but had Jewish ornaments.

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Every morning, my dad would have me looking in the mirror and repeat, 'Today is going to be a great day; I can, and I will.'

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I am not going to take a role because there's money. It might extend my checkbook, but not my integrity.

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I can live in L.A. as a struggling artist. I cannot live in New York as a struggling artist.

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I do not devalue the role of a maid or nanny, or the stereotypical roles that some members of our family have actually done to feed our families in real life.

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I don't want the Latino community to think I think the reason Latino films are not doing well is because of us. It is not fully our responsibility.

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I dream big, baby. I want to do thrillers, I want to do smart David Lynch-type mysteries.

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I felt very vulnerable after 'Sleeping with the Fishes'; I gained weight for the role. I felt a bit out of my skin in the movie, and it was hard to watch.

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I grew up dancing salsa - you know, a traditional Puerto Rican dance.

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I grew up in Chicago, so hip-hop has always been a part of my life.

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I learned a lot from Ana Ortiz, who plays my sister in 'Sleeping with the Fishes'.

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I like to peel it and share it with friends. You can spread the love with an orange.

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I love relatable stories.

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I love telling stories that allow people to be less afraid to tell theirs.

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I started performing very young as a salsa dancer, and every time I was on that stage dancing, all I knew was that I wanted to speak. I wanted the music to stop, and I wanted to speak.

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I started salsa dancing with a few different companies and started touring the country. It was fantastic, but I realized that I really wanted to talk every time we were performing. That's a problem because when you're dancing, if you stop to talk, that's not really cool to the other dancers.

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I started small with commercials and print.

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I think all Latino actors want to be storytellers first. I want to be an actor first, and then I want to be Latina.

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I think when you work really hard and you help others, God helps you get what you want.

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I try to keep in mind that it's a long journey. It's not a race. It's about staying focused, continuing to do good work, make my family and community proud; that's all I really want to do... and pay my bills.

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I was a salsa dancer for the majority of my life, from, like, 7 to 17, and did the World Salsa Congresses. I realized that I wanted to continue obviously to be a performer. But in my household, being an actor and jumping into acting is not really accepted.

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I went to college at NYU for acting, since acting was my dream from very young. I did a lot of hip-hop courses while I was there. I helped co-write a hip-hop production for the main stage of NYU, but I never touched rap.

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I will play the characters with last names like Sanchez and Gonzalez until the day I die, but I also want to play the 'Michelle Smiths.'

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I'm not messing with skiing. You can't get this Puerto Rican on the slope. Uh-uh.

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I've been very lucky; God has done amazing things for me.

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I've learned a lot about what kind of actor I want or do not want to be while being on set. I sit back and observe how other actors treat the totem pole of set politics.

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I've specifically decided to say no to projects that weren't advancing Latinos, that weren't showing us in a positive light, roles that were gratuitous and spreading untruths.

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Latinos don't go out and support their own films, but at the same time, it's not their responsibility.

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This industry is all about work, and just because Sundance exposed me to the world, it is my job to stay deserving in that world. The work never ends; the hustle just get harder, and you get stronger!

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What I will not do is continue to perpetuate stereotypes. I'm the daughter of a maid; why do I have to also play a maid? My mom was a maid so I didn't have to be a maid.

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What makes characters real are details, and if you're crafting a person from scratch, you're probably not going to pay as much attention to a question like, 'Does this person bite their nails?'

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When I got out of college, I booked a movie called 'Go for It!' with Lionsgate, came out here, and I've been acting ever since - or trying, constantly trying.

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With each dream accomplished, bigger ones are put in their place.

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'Filly Brown' gave me the wings to fly, but red carpets are still very uncomfortable.

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