Birth Name: Gina Alexis Rodriguez
Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Date of Birth: July 30, 1984
Ethnicity: Puerto Rican [African, Spanish, Taíno], other
Gina Rodriguez is an American actress, model, and writer. Her roles include Jane the Virgin, Filly Brown, Deepwater Horizon, and the voice of Carmen Santiago. Her parents, Magali and Genaro Rodriguez, are Puerto Rican. A picture of Gina with her parents can be seen here. Gina is married to actor, model, and MMA fighter Joe LoCicero, with whom she has a son.
Gina was raised Catholic. She is a practicing Christian.
One of Gina’s great-grandmothers was named Rosa.
Gina has said that her father is of African-Latino descent.
She has stated (at 46:10) that her maternal grandmother’s father was Jewish, a French Jew.
She also added:
I have Dutch in me and Taíno. Possibly some Italian too. I’m all the things!
On diversity in casting, Gina has said:
Television and film are supposed to be a reflection of reality, right? We just want to see a slice of life. We want to be able to connect. We want to cry. We want to look at our lives on screen. It’s clear to me that execs need to step outside of their office and really look at life. We are in interracial relationships. We speak multiple languages. We’re multiple religions inside of that. I have Jewish ancestors. My sister converted to Judaism. I have Christians and Catholics and Buddhists in my family. I have multiracial, multiethnic relationships. We need to start casting color-blind because there is no specific anymore.
She just gave birth to her first child.
Many European countries colonized the Carribean. Especially the Dutch and French. Her father’s name is Genaro which is not a common name for non-Italians so it’s certainly possible he has Italian ancestry.
It’s rare but you can find random Spanish/Hispanic people with this name: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genaro_Rodr%C3%ADguez
The only Italians in PR have been the Corsicans. Genaro (from Gennaro) is a typical Neapolitan name.
Btw put her father in a group of real Afro-Latinos and he would stick out.
No Italians ever set foot in Puerto Rico in the entire history of the island? Seems unlikely.
*No other Italians, I mean?
Besides individuals, the only consistent immigration of Italians to West Indies (PR but Trinidad too) was made by Corsicans.
OK so I think my point still stands. As you said, it’s rare for non- Italians to be named Genaro. Also, his nickname is Gino which is why she was named Gina. Gino is a common nickname for Genaro and rarely would a non- Italian have that nickname. There are Italian people all over Latin America and Puerto Rico has been historically a popular destination for immigrants.
Gino is after Luigi, not Gennaro. Anyhow, yes it’s Italian. Unsure if it means something. Greta Garbo was Swedish, yet sounded Italian.
Somebody should tell these people that they’ve made a terrible mistake with their own nicknames:
It has to be an overseas thing, because in Italy Gennaro (double n) is nicknamed Gennarino->Rino, not Gino.
Infatti cosa ho detto? Hai problemi di apprendimento insormontabili, non hai ancora capito cosa significa Beride e che caratteristiche hanno. Va a giocare alla PlayStation che è meglio.
I corsi non sono francesi, a parte per cittadinanza. Sei un anti-italiano di m****, infatti per te gli italiani non esistono. Vergogna.
Is funny how she makes herself out to be more interesting by saying she is all these mixes like dutch, French-Jewish yet she just looks like one thing… taino indian
And bish what the hell you talking about us folks see TV & Film for escapism not see real world.
And claiming to be part Italian too! Gee idk listing all these caucasian ethnicities makes it look like she’s more white than black or native. Maybe she is making herself look more acceptable to her new Italian-American in-laws who knows…
Her husband is actually Puerto Rican
I’m not sure why he has an Italian surname though.
In this article, she says he’s Italian:
Where did Rodriguez say she has Italian ancestry? Or that her husband is Puerto Rican? I can only find wikimirrors on the latter.
In the post, there’s a quote of her saying “possibly some Italian” but the link no longer works.
@Follers, on Twitter one of my friends asked her what her ethnicity she was. she said that quote about being part Italian… the twitter post was taken down… hope that answers your question
“I have Dutch in me and Taíno. Possibly some Italian too. I’m all the things!”