HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14: Actress Gina Rodriguez attends the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' on December 14th, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo : Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Latina star Gina Rodriguez was recruited to be part of an all-star cast for the upcoming sci-fi movie "Annihilation."
According to Latin Post, the "Jane The Virgin" star will be working alongside Natalie Portman and Tess Thompson. The sci-fi movie "Annihilation" will be directed by Alex Garland and produced by Scott Rudin. The movie will be about a group of women who takes on a dangerous mission amidst trials and tribulations. The group of women will include a surveyor, an anthropologist, a psychologist and a biologist, who will be the narrator in the movie.
It looks like good things are rolling Rodriguez's way as she also recently attended the Golden Globes with her father Genaro. The 31-year-old even jokes that her sister and dad fought for the red carpet tickets this year.
In a report by Entertainment Online, Rodriguez calls her red carpet experience with her dad as something she will cherish forever. The actress even referred to her father as her "bestie."
Rodriguez who is dubbed as one of the breakout stars in Hollywood said that she takes this title very seriously. The actress said that being given the title is one of her motivations to work harder.
"It motivates me to work harder," the Latina said. "I'm empowered. I mean, when you get a title like that it's like, 'OK, back to work.' You have to work very hard to prove you are deserving of that. So I will go back to work tomorrow and I will continue to try and prove that I am worthy of that."
However, with her success also comes criticisms. The star gets a lot of judgment especially from her people saying that she is not Latina enough due to her inability to speak fluent Spanish. Rodriguez explained in an interview via Huffington Post why her parents chose to raise them speaking English.
"They wanted to assimilate us into a culture that wouldn't, right away, put up their guard against us because of our accent," Rodriguez said. "I'm going to be reprimanded by a culture that I'm supposed to support and is supposed to support me because of the way I was raised? That is too limiting. That is unfair."
For those who are saying that the actress has capitalized on her Latina heritage, Rodriguez said that the journey has not been easy. The 31-year-old "Jane The Virgin" actress said that if she had really used her heritage to advance her career in show business, then she would have been famous years ago.