“Jane the Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez broke down in tears when accepting the young humanitarian award at Variety’s Unite4:Humanity benefit last night.
Rodriguez received the honor for her work in creating her We Will Foundation.
“Among the many emotions of pride I also can’t help but feel I shouldn’t be accepting this award,” Rodriguez said. “I grew up in the ‘hood of Chicago. We didn’t have much, but that didn’t stop my parents for doing everything they could to provide for their kids. They set the trend — they taught me that being good was a standard that doesn’t need praise or recognition. This isn’t an award that we work toward. This is me — this is my heart. This is a reminder that the world I want to live in is one of service.”