Gina Rodriguez is set to steal the small screen this fall. With her combination of girl-next-door looks and talent—she was being courted for two new fall series—the 29-year-old breakout star landed the lead role in The CW’s most buzzed-about new show, Jane the Virgin.
Earlier this year, the Chicago-born actress nabbed the first-ever Variety Latino Rising Star of the Year honors at the Young Hollywood Awards, solidifying her star power.
“Her being the first Latina lead on the CW with Jane the Virgin is groundbreaking, but it’s only the beginning,” says Variety Latino editor Angie Romero. “She is someone we’ll be talking about for years to come.”