With only 30 years of age, MJ Rodriguez is already making history. for his performance in the series poseFX was nominated for Best Dramatic Actress at the Emmy Awards. With this application, it becomes first transgender woman to get that nomination.
The series, released in 2018, had three seasons and recreated the Afro-American and Latino LGBTQ+ worlds in New York City during the 1980s. The characters are dancers and models, with dramatic stories under the culture with its own rules. Rodriguez. who is also a singer, plays Blanca Rodriguez-Evangelista, a trans woman with HIV That the shelters at their intimate center have abandoned LGBT youth who suffer from the same condition, fulfilling the role of a surrogate mother.
In addition to recognition for Rodriguez, the series, co-produced by Ryan Murphy, Received many more nominations, including Best Series, Best Actor for Billy Porter; Great direction and great script. pose is the product that brings together Biggest transgender cast ever With over 50 artists to date, including India Moore, Dominic Jackson, Hailey Sahr and Angelica Ross. Apart from this, there are also cisgender actors Ryan Jamal Swain, Billy Porter and Dylan Burnsid.
An image of “Pose. The series as seen on FX received five Emmy Award nominations. Photo Michael Parmeli / FX via AP
person and character
“Looking at all these things that had to happen to Blanca personally, mentally, and seeing her come out victorious, I think All trans women need to see something attainable and achievable“Rodriguez said about his character.” And also, for trans women who are from another era and who have also been strong and uplifting mothers.
MJ Rodriguez represents most of the diversity in the world today. She is not only a transgender woman, but she also comes from a family where Latino and African-American cultures exist.
MJ (Michaela Jae according to her official Instagram account) @mjrodriguez7, where she has 1.2 million followers and in honor of the Marvel character Mary Jane Watson) was born in 1991 in New Jersey to a Puerto Rican father and an African-American mother, who always supported her decisions.
“I had no choice but to become an entrepreneur. I was always someone whose career was ambitious and risky,” he declared. I am grateful to my parents who built a support network to teach me an enormous amount of wisdom, strength, confidence and self-awareness. I used those tools to define who I was going to be in the world,” he said.
His decision to change the genre came a long time ago, almost on par with his acting profession, but it took him time to realize it. At the age of 11 she began to study theatre, and at the age of 14 she first identified herself as a bisexual. By then they had started participating in competitions and cultural events. ball, which celebrates racial, gender and diverse sexual orientation diversity.
In his teens, Rodriguez learned to perform the trend, a dance born in the New York suburb of Harlem in the 60s that identifies drag queens Afro-American and she popularized Madonna in the 90s with a video for the song of the same name. Rodriguez’s talent has always been accompanied by his dedication to training as an artist, with scholarships and awards from a very young age.
MJ Rodriguez, FX series “Pose” revealed. ap photo
looking for female roles
In 2011 he participated in the revival of the successful musical. rent, playing the role of Angel, and also won the prestigious Clive Barnes Award. After that work, a very important phase in his life began, focused on her gender transition process which lasted for five years. And starting in 2016, she began looking for female roles, first with small roles in TV shows.
Her 2016 appearance in the role of Sister Boy in the series luke cage It also marked a milestone, as it was the first appearance of a transgender actress and a Transgender Characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This was followed by various characters in Broadway plays.
in the famous Broadway musical hamiltonMJ Ramirez was the first trans actress to audition for a cisgender role as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds.
satisfied with oneself
With a great future ahead of her, MJ assures: “I am excited and happy and I feel fulfilled. I finally saw it. I never thought this could happen to me but I told myself that, No matter what, I was going to move on. Never stop,” he says.
With this historic Emmy nomination, knowing her voice resonated more than ever, she reassured: “I am grateful that people can truly see my human existence and that they can see me through art. What to give to the world. I love what I do. I’m a trans artist who identifies as a woman and a being, so I do and represent each and every contradiction black and latin“.
And he adds: “Part of that battle has finally been won for an entire generation. I just hope that through my victory they will see that they too can achieve it.”