Gina Rodriguez talks 'Jane the Virgin,' family support and changing the world

By Erica Cupido

The word “doubt” has never been part of Gina Rodriguez’s vocabulary. The Jane the Virgin star was raised to wake up, look in the mirror and tell herself, “I can, and I will.” Becoming a breakout star – and winning her first Golden Globe in 2015 – hasn’t changed that. “I say the same thing,” the actress, 32, tells Hello! Canada . “I say, ‘Today is going to be a great day!’ That’s my morning ritual.”

TAP FOR GALLERY Gina attended the premiere of Deepwater Horizon at TIFF.

Gina has plenty of reasons to start each day with a sunny outlook. She’s on the big screen now alongside Mark Wahlberg and Kate Hudson in Deepwater Horizon (which she premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival) – and she’s back on-set for the third season of the series that made her a household name. Fans are curious to see what’s next for the heroine, whose new husband, Michael, was shot in last season’s finale. “The first episode is so good,” Gina promises.

Gina won her first Golden Globe in 2015.

When she isn’t filming, the effervescent actress encourages women to be active in their communities as part of Clinique’s Difference Maker campaign. She also visits schools to speak with students, hoping to instil in them the determination she learned from her parents. “I continue to stay focused on what I can give back to the world,” says Gina. Chatting with Hello!, she opens up about her goals and explains why that morning mantra isn’t the only key to her success.

What are you looking forward to on this season of Jane the Virgin? I’m looking forward to everything! To me, the writing is imperative for any project to succeed and we have some great writers.

Gina stars in Jane the Virgin alongside Canadian actor Brett Dier.

Is there anyone you’d love to have guest star on the show? I just want whoever wants to come to our show to get the opportunity. I think if you want to be part of a project, you do your best work and it contributes to the show as a whole.

You’re also part of Clinique’s Difference Maker campaign. Who has made a difference in your life? Having the memory of my parents believing that I could do anything I wanted to do changed my life significantly. We don’t live in this world alone. We’re almost instinctually built to need the support of those around us, so someone believing in you is monumental.

How do you balance acting with giving back? I think it all contributes to the same goal. Now that I have a platform, it allows me to get my message across. If I want to help create change, then every part of me has to be about that goal, not just my work outside of acting.

Is it important to you to set an example for your fans? It’s important for me to own that role model role. [But] that’s not the goal. The goal is to be the best version of myself every day. I do consider every decision for my career with all those amazing men and women who are supporting me in mind, because they’re the reason why I’m here. They’re the reason why Jane is still on the air.

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