Gina Rodriguez, the Golden Globe winner of Puerto Rican descent who stars in “Jane the Virgin” on CW, was accepted into Columbia U.’s Theatrical Collaboration at age 16 before attending NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
But the actress realizes not all aspiring performers have access to the same opportunities she had, which is why she established the We Will foundation, designed to focus on arts education and scholarship funding for the less fortunate, with the aim of empowering young women.
For this reason, unite4:humanity is honoring her with the Young Humanitarian award.
Although in its early stages, the non-profit has already donated $10,000 to the Westside Family Health Clinic and $10,000 to the Mar Vista School Enrichment Group to finance dance classes for one year.
“If art is to imitate real life,” said Rodriguez in a statement, why not release art that is positive, empowering, uplifting and inclusive no matter race, gender, body type or economic background?”