"Jane the Virgin" actress Gina Rodriguez stole the show last night at the Golden Globes with an emotional acceptance speech in which she said her win "represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes."
The Latina actress picked up the "Best Actress in a Television Series-Musical or Comedy" award for her starring role in the new CW series.
"This award is so much more than myself. It represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes," she said in her speech. "My father used to tell me to say every morning, ‘Today’s going to be a great day. I can and I will.’ Well, Dad, today’s a great day. I can and I did.”
Rodriguez has previously talked about the importance of showing authentic Latino characters on-screen.
"The way I grew up, I never saw myself on screen," she said during the Television Critics Association summer press tour. "I have two older sisters. One’s an investment banker. The other one is an doctor, and I never saw us being played as investment bankers. And I realized how limiting that was for me. I would look at the screen and think, ‘Well, there’s no way I can do it, because I’m not there.’ And it’s like as soon as you follow your dreams, you give other people the allowance to follow theirs."
Fusion's Alicia Menendez sat down with Rodriguez in June to talk about why the actress decided to take on the role of Jane. Watch the interview here.
Emily DeRuy is a Washington, D.C.-based associate editor, covering education, reproductive rights, and inequality. A San Francisco native, she enjoys Giants baseball and misses Philz terribly.