What Gina Rodriguez Is Doing To Uplift Actors of Color

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It's been a big couple of years for Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez. In 2015, she won a Golden Globe for her starring turn on the CW show, and she was nominated for another in 2016. As she enjoys her own success, Rodriguez feels that it's important she give back to other actors, especially performers of color, who are so often overlooked. So she created the hashtag #MovementMonday, which she has used to highlight actors and actresses of color (she first focused on the Latino community, before broadening the focus).
Refinery29 recently caught up with Rodriguez, and spoke to the actress about the motivations behind the social media campaign. "Movement Mondays came out of the entire Oscar situation where everyone was so upset," the actress explained. "I felt that there was so much negativity surrounding it that I was like, I have to put a positive spin on this because it is overwhelming me internally. I am not really sure, I didn’t have an idea of what it was going to look like, it wasn’t like, I wonder if it’s going to do this? It was: I want to do something because I don’t want to sit in this negativity." Rodriguez continued, "I don’t want to feel like we’re nowhere — because that isn’t even the truth! We’re everywhere, and what I mean by we is the Latino community. And I have recently branched out to all the other diverse communities, because I saw a lot of my warriors were saying things like, ‘What about the Asian community? We don’t get spoken about also!’ And I thought, Okay, well, sometimes I don’t feel authentic to be speaking about a community that I [wasn't] culturally raised in, but then I thought, no, it’s just about uplifting people, period. " Other Hollywood actors have also promoted Rodriguez's uplifting movement. Scream Queens' Diego Boneta and Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Stephanie Beatriz have both highlighted the project on their Instagram accounts.

I LOVE THIS IDEA!!! Read below!!! #Repost @hereisgina with @repostapp. ・・・ Movement Monday's. This is Oscar Isaac. He is a Guatemalan American actor. This is a picture from Ex Machina directed by Alex Garland and was released this past year. With all this Oscar Talk and lack of diversity I decided to start a movement and speak from the perspective of a Latina American who desires to see more Latinos on screen. There are 55 million Latinos in this country and although we all come from various backgrounds our unity can make a movie explode at the box office or a tv show soar to the highest viewers possible. The better these projects do financially, the more money they will spend on putting Latinos In blockbuster films, as leads in tv shows Etc. My solution is this, support is needed. Right now there isn't one Latino that can Greenlight a movie. That means no studio will put their money behind a Latino face as a lead of a movie because they don't believe we can make their money back. I am told time and time again "Latinos dont watch Latino Movies. Latinos don't support each other" and sadly that is true. I'm not saying go and see a movie you don't like to blindly support, im saying if you want to see us represented on film and tv, if you want to see Latinos nominated for Oscars, we NEED to support one another. The industry sees money, the excuse can't be racism. We can make a difference in a very powerful way if we unite our support as one Latino community. Oscar Isaac, in my opinion had an Oscar worthy performance in this film. Let's start making noise with where it matters most, where we put our dollars. Go support these films, watch these shows and we can take making a change into our own hands. Each Monday I will highlight a latino actor we can support. Let us use our numbers and powerful voices to prove we support one another, to prove we can make a box office hit, to prove they need to support all the various Latino cultures in the media. That can be one part of the solution, so next year we have many movies that are worthy of Oscar contention! #MovementMondays Pick any Latino currently working we can support!

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