Gina Rodriguez is Latina‘s cover girl this month, and she looks stunning (per usual) but also has some great stuff to say about Latinos in Hollywood and building other women up. She said she was offered multiple movie roles after winning the Golden Globe for Jane the Virgin, but she’s chosen carefully, including the upcoming sci-fi film Annihilation.
“It’s about five women who are going into the Shimmer, an entity that’s starting to destroy the world,” Gina said. “So we’re trying to stop it. We have guns, we’re doing some badass stunts and it’s a brilliant storyline. I play Anya Thorensen, a paramedic from Chicago who happens to be a lesbian and an ex-addict going into the Shimmer to be the hero that she’s kinda always wanted to be.”
Gina’s co-stars include Natalie Portman and Oscar Isaac and the film is based on a novel by Jeff VanderMeer, directed by Alex Garland, who Gina says, “is absolutely brilliant. You can read any of his books and you’re like, this man can just create any kind of world out of nothing.” What’s also pretty incredible about the film is that it’s from a major studio—Paramount Pictures—and to have a leading, Latina, lesbian character is still pretty rare for an action/sci-fi blockbuster.
Gina had to shave part of her head for the film, which she shows off in the pages of Latina and also talks about brazenly:
I think it all plays into the idea of being your own hero and not feeling like you have to live up to other people’s expectations. I am not my beauty. Who I am is not my f*cking hair, and to be an actor is to transform. To represent a community is to commit, to give my entire all. So if I’m going to represent Latinos in the industry and in art, if I’m going to represent my little cousins in Chicago, they’re going to know that I went full out. Who are we afraid of? What are we afraid of? The worst thing that can happen is we die. Anything else you can handle.
Read the rest of the Latina interview and look for Annihilation to hit theaters in 2017.