For Gina Rodriguez, Education Means More Than An Emmy. How She Proved It To One Student.

"I asked ... if we could do something different with the money this year.”

In lieu of spending an "insane amount of money" on the Emmys this year, Gina Rodriguez convinced the powers that be to reallocate the budget for Jane the Virgin's "for your consideration" campaign to a cause close to her heart.


"Our show has always jumped at any opportunity to help me do something for the Latinx community," Rodriguez — who has won a Golden Globe but never been nominated for an Emmy — told The Hollywood Reporter. "So I asked my showrunner, Jennie [Snyder Urman] if we could do something different with the money this year."

And something different they did. Through a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles, Rodriguez found a worthy undocumented Latinx high school student headed for Princeton University. Now, thanks to the support this money will give her, she can complete four years there without any financial burden. The name of the student has yet to be revealed.

"It's taboo to talk about the money being spent, but it's the reality," Rodriguez said, revealing that she had reservations about revealing her decision — though the pros ultimately outweighed the cons. "I think sharing this might inspire other people to do something similar. You can desire recognition and, at the same time decide to not play in the confines of the game as it's set up."

Those who follow Rodriguez won't be surprised by this news, as the 33-year-old — who has appeared in movies such as Deepwater Horizon and Annihilation — is an outspoken advocate for the Latinx community. Rodriguez has been a part of viral charity initiatives such as the #PuberMe Challenge and a Lin-Manuel Miranda song (both benefiting Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastated the country), has helped give money away on Ellen, and once let her Golden Globes dress be borrowed by a teen for her prom, and has proven she is a beacon of self-love on social media and a total boss by starting I Can and I Will Productions.

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