There were a lot of moments that made me either want to dance or clap at this year’s Golden Globes and Gina Rodriguez’s acceptance speech was one of them. In case you missed it, Gina, who plays the effervescent and funny Jane on the CW’s Jane The Virgin, won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. If you haven’t had the chance to check out Jane The Virgin before now, trust me you’ve been missing out. Gina plays an engaged college student girl who gets artificially inseminated with another man’s baby.
Even though the show’s plot line is hilarious, one of the best reasons to check out the show is its diverse cast. Even though I’m not Latino or Hispanic, I love being able to turn on my television and see something that gives me a portrayal of the world as it actually is. It’s not often that we get to see a majority Latino cast on American television.
Gina, who is just as bubbly and smart as the character she plays on TV, pointed this out in an ugly cry-worthy acceptance speech earlier this evening.
After thanking god, her colleagues and her family, she dropped a little knowledge about why her win was so important:
“This award is so much more than myself. It represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes. My father used to tell me to say every morning “today’s gonna be a great day, I can and I will.” Well Dad, today’s a great day, I can and I did.”
Excuse me while I write that down as my new mantra for 2015 and hang it on my mirror. All I need now is for Ava DuVernay to win an Oscar later this year and I’ll be set.
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