Gina Rodriguez struggled to fight back tears after her win at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night after becoming overwhelmed by the significance of her victory for the Latin community.
The Jane the Virgin star claimed gold for Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical and she couldn’t hold back her tears as she faced questions from the press backstage, where she reflected on the impact of her victory for ethnic minorities.
She told reporters, “First and foremost the nomination alone was a win for me because it allowed our culture, it allowed Latinas to see themselves in a beautiful light. It allowed them to see ourselves where we all desired to be invited to the same party.
“If we can create an effect that shows Latinos like the investment bankers, doctors, lawyers that existed in my own home, I think that will change the way young girls and boys look at themselves.”
Referencing the 2014 police killings of unarmed black men Eric Garner and Michael Brown, she added, “I think that’s needed, especially now where we have dealt with Eric Garner and Michael Brown, where we are dealing with a society that is diverse, that is so beautiful and human, we all need to remember that we all have the same stories and see them as such.”
Rodriguez’s win was made even more emotional by the fact her sister, Ivelisse Simon, and other members of her family had turned out to the event to show their support.
Speaking before the ceremony, she told People.com, “My sister has been my support system since I was a little kid. She’s believed in me and told me to go after my dreams and to never give up, and so for that I am forever grateful. Not to mention she also helped me pay for college and made sure that I got a good education.
“For me to have her here with me means the world. I have my parents here with me with my other sister, and so for that I am so grateful.”
We definitely feel you earned that Globe, Gina and can’t wait to see what else your career has in store!