Actress Gina Rodriguez and the success of her recent hit comedy-drama Jane the Virgin on the CW has created a new precedent in the media to have a more realistic and positive Latina image.
Starting last October, Jane the Virgin tells the story of Jane, a virgin substitute teacher and budding writer who accidentally gets inseminated at the doctor’s office. From there, the drama builds and builds, as with any other telenovela. But this novela is different from the rest.
Based off of Venezuela’s Juana la Virgen, this American version features Latina characters in more positive roles such as doctors and investors for future generations to look up to. During a recent interview with Glam Belleza magazine, Rodriguez said, “I want Latinas to look at the TV and get confirmation that, yes, we are the doctors, the lawyers, the investment bankers- we encompass every facet of life.”
The message is definitely getting across because with its ever-intense season finale and engaging characters, the show has received critical acclaim and won Rodriguez a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Comedy, being only the fourth Latina in the Globes’ history to do so.
During her acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, Rodriguez spoke of her Latin pride saying, “This award is so much more than myself- it represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes.”