Gina Rodriguez, the Golden Globe-winning star of “Jane the Virgin,” will receive the CinemaCon Female Star of Tomorrow Award, it was announced Monday by Mitch Neuhauser, managing director of CinemaCon.
Rodriguez will be presented with this special honor at the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards ceremony taking place on Thursday, April 14, at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, where NATO’s official convention launches April 11.
“Already a Golden Globe winner for her portrayal of Jane on ‘Jane The Virgin,’ Rodriguez is set to become one of most sought after actresses in Hollywood as she continues to earn rave reviews for her performances on both the small and big screen,” noted Neuhauser. “A formidable talent and an actress who is truly on the rise, we could not be more thrilled to be able to honor her as this year’s “CinemaCon Female Star of Tomorrow.”
Rodriguez next stars alongside Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell and Dylan O’Brien in Peter Berg‘s “Deepwater Horizon,” which Lionsgate will release on Sept. 30. The film chronicles the world’s largest man-made disaster, which occurred in 2010 on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, and honors the brave men and women whose heroism would save many on board and change everyone’s lives forever.
Rodriguez began performing at the age of seven with the salsa dance company Fantasia Juvenil before being accepted at the age of 16 into Columbia University NY-Theatrical Collaboration. After falling in love with New York, Rodriguez was accepted into NYU’s Tisch School of Arts and had four years of intense theater training at both the Atlantic Theatre Company and Experimental Theatre Wing, landing roles on the stage in works such as “Casa Blue: The Last Moments in the Life of Frida Kahlo.”
Following graduation, Rodriguez booked her first lead role in the feature film “Tiny Dancer,” before breaking out with her performance as the title character in “Filly Brown.” Rodriguez can currently be seen as the lead on the CW series “Jane The Virgin,” and she will begin production this summer on Alex Garland‘s “Annihilation” starring Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tessa Thompson.