Gina Rodriguez (‘Jane the Virgin’) on making Emmys history: ‘Why not, right?’ (Exclusive Video)

“I would love to be the first. That would be phenomenal for the network, for the show, for the cast, for [creator] Jennie Urman. That would be incredible,” admits “Jane the Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez to us exclusively (see video below) on potentially being the first actor from a show on the CW to be nominated for an Emmy. “And I say why not, right? That would be awesome. Why can’t that happen? I gave my heart to that show and I worked my tail off and I will do that again second season. I feel very proud of our show.”

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Rodriguez plays title character Jane Villaneuva, a young woman who’s accidentally artificially inseminated. She and the show have taken the fledgling network into unfamiliar territory at major awards already. She was the first CW performer to win a Golden Globe and  she recently reaped nominations from at both the Critics’ Choice TV Awards and the Television Critics Assn. Awards.

She tells us all this attention makes her want to work harder for not only those on her show, but for her network as well. “A lot of excitement to work hard is that CW has been put in a category where they haven’t been seen in these lights. And I want to work hard for CBS to be excited because they are our studio. I want to continue to put all of my efforts into giving back to the CW what they gave me and to continue to expose the brilliance behind that network.”

Watch our full conversation as Rodriguez recounts her journey from AOL to an award-winning actress, how her fans fuel her work and what it would mean to be the second-ever Latina to win a Comedy Actress Emmy, following America Ferrera (“Ugly Betty”). Then use the easy drag-and-drop menu to tell us if you think she will do so.

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