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Gina Rodriguez Talks Jane the Virgin Finale, Emmy Buzz and Her New Movie

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John Salangsang—Invision/AP Gina Rodriguez arrives at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards .

The actress talks to TIME about what's in store for season two and the story behind her Golden Globes speech

If Gina Rodriguez didn’t win you over as the star of the CW’s breakout comedy Jane the Virgin, her tearful Golden Globes speech in January might have done the trick. “My father used to tell me to say every morning, ‘Today is going to be a great day. I can and I will,'” Rodriguez said while accepting the best actress award in the comedy category. “Well, Dad—today is a great day. I can and I did.”

Since Jane wrapped its first season with a telenovela-worthy cliffhanger, there’s only been more award-show buzz for Rodriguez, who’s been filming Deepwater Horizon during Jane’s summer hiatus. Her speech even found its way into CBS TV Studios’ Emmy consideration campaign, which is pushing for an Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series nomination on her behalf. TIME caught up with Rodriguez about her new movie, how Jane the Virgin is changing television and what’s in store for season two.

TIME: When we last spoke, you talked about the ripple effect you hoped Jane the Virgin would have on diversity on TV. Of course shows like Fresh Off the Boat and Empire were in the works by then as well, but nine months later, are you starting to see the changes you were hoping to see?

Gina Rodriguez: I didn’t do anything single-handedly, but it is such a blessing to be a part of a project that is contributing to that movement and really highlighting other cultures, other perspectives and other religions. To see so many other shows doing the same thing during the exact same time, you really see how much more a calling it is.

The really cool thing is to also see how that has affected this past pilot season. I think a lot of networks are seeing, not just through Jane the Virgin, but through Netflix and Amazon and all these other outlets, that taking really awesome, wild, phenomenal risks is very cool. Art is actually creating change a lot in this past year, and that’s been really cool to witness. I’m excited to see what the next wave of shows are.

How do you feel about the Emmy buzz you’re getting?

I’m terrified, of course! I’m terrified in a great way. The fact that people are even considering me is outrageous. I just feel like I can’t ask for anything more. I would love it. I would love it for the network. I would love it for the people that believed in us. What is beautiful is that I get to continue to act, and I’m so grateful for August 21st, when I get to go to season two. I feel like you have to keep your head down, prayers up. It’s beyond me and so much bigger than myself. The network and studios are so supportive of me, of my career—I owe them everything.

Your acceptance speech at the Golden Globes was such a highlight. Did you think it would resonate the way it did?

Never in a million years. I had no idea what I was going to say. I could not even imagine. There’s no word to even describe it. This whole experience just seemed like a foggy dream. They called my name, I’m walking up there, and I see Oprah, and I’m like, “This is crazy. They should not allow Oprah to be right by where everybody walks through!” Oh my God, hi, Oprah. Hello. You’re fantastic! I prayed that God would speak for me, and he sure did, because honestly, I don’t know if I could have written what I said. Obviously there’s a little bit of trepidation where it’s like, “Oh my goodness, if I were ever to stand up on a stage again, how can I express my heart any more?” I guess I’ll worry about that if it happens, right?

Just get another inspirational quote from your dad!

I know, I know. There are so many. I’m actually working on a book right now that’s going to give the world what my father gave to me. I definitely will be keeping my ears peeled for his nuggets of knowledge and wisdom, like, “Dad, you got any goodness to share with me, please?”

Tell me about your reaction to the finale of Jane the Virgin. I know showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman is pretty secretive about the plot, so you must have been shocked.

Oh, yeah, I had no idea until the day before we started shooting. In the beginning, I was like, “This could be crazy. How am I going to be prepared for this?” It’s worked out in a really great way. You don’t get too overwhelmed, and you’re able to focus and do your best work in each episode. That’s actually been very helpful.

When I read the script, though, I was terrified of giving birth. I mean, terrified. I obviously don’t have any children. I’ve never given birth before. You can watch as many videos until you’re like, “Wow, this is a very personal experience.” Then the capturing of Mateo at the end I thought was brilliant because it’s such an amazing cliffhanger. What I am looking forward to more than anything is seeing how she resolves it, like seeing what happens to Jane when she finds out Mateo’s gone. I’m actually very excited to play that. I don’t know what I’m going to decide to do. She’s going to find out right when we open the next episode. It must be. I can only imagine, right?

Yeah. I want to know about Sin Rostro—we didn’t see her face, and we know she ran a plastic surgery ring that give criminals new identities. Do you know if it’s a new actress or if Bridget Regan’s coming back?

I think Bridget’s coming back. I hope Bridget’s coming back. I’m almost positive Bridget’s coming back. I don’t know what her contracts are like. I was definitely not told she wasn’t, and I love Bridget. I adore that woman. She’s a phenomenal actress and a phenomenal person, so I hope she’s coming back. We have to ask Jennie. I’m going to text her right when we’re done.

What’s on your wish list for season two?

Oh my God, I’m already starting to think of different actors I want to come and join us. Recently there was a supermoon, and so I put out my intentions for the next year on paper, so I can see them, hold myself accountable and really fight for them. Definitely one of them is getting Rita Moreno to come back.

I was so excited for you when they announced she would guest-star—I remember you saying how much she influenced your career.

I mean, I fell out. When they first told us, “How great would it be if Rita Moreno was dad’s mom?” I was like, “That must happen. I will write her a letter! Please let her know how much she is an idol to me.” We want her back so bad. I think that there are going to be some really cool guest stars for Jaime’s past, because Jaime [Camil, who plays Rogelio] had a few wives, so I’m very excited to see amazing women join us again.

Did you have a favorite storyline this season? I thought the episode where we learn about Alba’s immigration status was so touching.

I thought it was so beautifully done. My favorite tweet was this one woman, she goes, “My 7-year-old daughter and I watch Jane the Virgin. How do I tell her about immigration?” I thought that was such a great opportunity to look it up with her daughter, for them to do research togetheropen heart, open mind. That’s why I think Jane the Virgin is so awesome, because it gives parents an opportunity to talk to their children about delicate situations that need to be talked about in a loving, careful, safe environment.

I’m excited to see our second season, because the one thing that I really loved about the first season was seeing Jane’s strength as a woman. Her getting broken up with Rafael and her starting to create this strength of protecting herself and her child, I thought that was so empowering for women. Seldom do you see a woman on screen taking that kind of strength and power into their own hands. I thought that that was really cool to put out there, especially because you know that there’s the teen audience that is watching. To give a little girl that kind of perspective is awesome and so powerful and so needed.

Which of the season’s many fantasy sequences was your favorite? I loved the wrestling one.

That’s it. That’s totally it. Pregnant Punisher, favorite, ever, ever, ever, ever. I did all my own stunts. I did not use a stunt woman. I was like, “I am doing this. I am doing this from start to finish.” It was the best time ever.

How divided is the cast and crew about Team Michael versus Team Rafael?

It’s really funny, because we obviously all love Brett [Dier] and Justin [Baldoni] so much. It’s usually the perspective of each character: Toward the end, Rogelio and Michael became very close, so for a while, Jaime was very Team Michael. Ivonne [Coll, who plays Alba] thinks Justin is so handsome so she’s Team Rafael. Justin’s the one that has to take the most heat because his character breaks Jane’s heart, so poor Justin. He’s so sweet. Most people will be Team Michael these days. It makes him so sad because he’s such a sweetheart, and he’s definitely nothing like Rafael!

You’ve been filming Deepwater Horizon about the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Will we see a side of you we don’t get to see on Jane?

Definitely, but the greatest part of it is I got to learn so much about American history, so much about that sad catastrophe. We are definitely going to do justice, as much as possible, to the people that have so many memories connected to that experience. I can’t go in too much more than that, but it’s definitely an honor. I love New Orleans. I’m having such a magical time down there—the people, the culture. Not only that catastrophe that happened, but Katrina really goes to show how phenomenally strong the community is in New Orleans. That kind of fighter mentality is so admirable. I love it there.

TIME movies

Natalie Portman Insisted on Female Director for Ruth Bader Ginsburg Biopic

5th Annual Gala held at Wallis Annenberg
Breuel-Bild—ABB/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images, Evan Vucci—AP Natalie Portman, Ruth Bader Ginsberg

"It held up the project for awhile," the Supreme Court Justice said

Natalie Portman had one demand when she signed on to play Supreme Court Justice (and TIME 100 cover star) Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the upcoming film On the Basis of Sex: let a woman direct it.

“Natalie Portman came to talk to me about this, and we had a very good conversation,” Ginsburg said in a Saturday interview at the American Constitution Society convention, MSNBC reports. “And one thing, interesting, that she insisted on, it held up the project for awhile. She said, ‘I want the director to be a woman. There are not enough women in this industry. There are many talented out there.’ And now they do have a woman director.”

Deadline reported in May that Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl) was in negotiations to direct the project.

Female directors are so poorly represented in Hollywood—last year, they directed only 7 percent of the top 250 grossing films—that the ACLU recently asked the federal government to investigate what it alleges are systematic bias and discriminatory hiring practices. The few women that do get to step into the director’s chair sometimes worry the success of their movies will determine the number of opportunities available to their peers. As Pitch Perfect 2 director Elizabeth Banks told TIME earlier this year:

There was definitely that pressure … If a boy wrote a sh—y script, you would never say, ‘Well, boys can’t do it!’ It’s never an option. But I’m very rare, and if I didn’t do it well, they would absolutely say, ‘If she couldn’t do it, I guess women can’t do it!’ I’m not very interested in representing my entire gender. I think it’s very unfair. But I do understand the responsibility, and hopefully I deliver.”

 

TIME Television

Game of Thrones Showrunner Explains What Happened to Cersei

"It’s almost impossible not to feel for her because she’s a human and being tormented"

In one of the more brutal events of Sunday night’s Game of Thrones finale, Cersei (Lena Headey) was forced to a perform a cruel Walk of Shame that saw her stripped naked and harassed by a vicious mob.

“They’re trying to shame her,” showrunner David Benioff told Entertainment Weekly about the scene. “They’re trying to humiliate her as much as they possibly can. It’s supposed to be like a scene from a nightmare. And the nightmare is you’re walking naked in front of a city of people. Walking and wearing underwear wouldn’t be as much of a nightmare.”

The scene, in which Headey used a body double, does have some historical context — it was based on what happened to Jane Shore, a mistress of King Edward IV who in the 1400s was forced to undergo a similar walk through London (at least she had some clothing, however).

Read the full interview at EW.com.

TIME Music

Janet Jackson Announces New World Tour

Janet Jackson's Unbreakable World Tour.

You can pre-order her new album when you buy tickets for the 36-date Unbreakable World Tour, which kicks off in August

Seven years after her last studio album, Janet Jackson is making good on her promise to hit the road.

The singer on Monday announced the Unbreakable World Tour, whose 36-date run kicks off in August in Vancouver and wraps up in Honolulu in November. Pre-sales began Monday.

The singer also made her new album available for pre-order in some ticket packages. Jackson confirmed long-rumored new music in a cryptic video on the day of her 49th birthday last month. “I promised you’d hear it from my lips, and now you will,” she said, after shutting down speculation last year. “This year: new music, new world tour, a new movement. I’ve been listening. Let’s keep the conversation going.”

Jackson, who’s been using the hashtag #ConversationsInaCafe, which fans suspect is the title of her new LP, also uploaded a video of dancer auditions for her tour, just in case die-hard Jackson fans can’t believe the news.

TIME celebrities

Singer Keri Hilson Says We Should Thank Rachel Dolezal

"Identity, pathological, & parental issues aside, she's doing more than most of us do for ourselves"

Pop singer Keri Hilson says we should be grateful to Rachel Dolezal, the president of the NAACP’s Spokane, Wash., chapter whose parents say has been pretending to be black for years.

“Let’s just all thank #RachelDolezal. Identity, pathological, & parental issues aside, she’s doing more than most of us do for ourselves,” the “Pretty Girl Rock” singer tweeted on Friday. “It is really weird tho. She took it pretty far with slave whips & what not. Levels. Deep.”

Her comments weren’t received well—Twitter users criticized Hilson so much she became a trending topic on Twitter according to Billboard, and she later returned to Twitter to defend herself.

“I’m not sayin she doesn’t have serious ISSUES, I’m just sayin don’t knock her intentions or discredit her efforts,” Hilson tweeted, pointing out that the NAACP said in a statement that it stood by Dolezal’s work. (“One’s racial identity is not a qualifying criteria or disqualifying standard for NAACP leadership,” the organization said in a statement.)

“I don’t defend her, I just don’t like to assume or pass judgement on people’s hearts,” Hilson continued. “WE don’t really know her motives. Only GOD.”

TIME

Florida Warns Beachgoers About Rare, Potentially Fatal Bacteria in Seawater

It is not, however, a "flesh-eating bacteria"

A rare bacteria that’s found in seawater has infected seven and killed two people this year in Florida, state health officials warned.

Vibrio vulnificus can spread through direct contact between seawater and open wounds as well through eating raw shellfish, Florida Health Department spokesperson Mara Burger said in a statement, CBS News reports. If the bacterium is ingested, symptoms included abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting. If it enters through the skin, it can cause infections and skin ulcers—though calling it a “flesh-eating bacteria,” as many say, is a misnomer.

Symptoms are typically mild for healthy people, and most cases are treatable with antibiotics, but the bacteria poses a greater risk for those with compromised immune systems and can be fatal. Though there were only 32 cases last year, the Florida Health Department advises eating shellfish only if it’s thoroughly cooked as well as avoiding the water if you have cuts or other wounds on your skin.

[CBS]

TIME celebrities

Britney Spears’ Dream Job: Nannying for Brad and Angelina

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Michael Buckner—Getty Images Recording artist Britney Spears attends the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas.

"I've met Brad Pitt once but I'd like to meet the [family] again, and I'd like to become their nanny"

Britney Spears is pretty happy with her current job—she just extended her Las Vegas residency by three months—but she’s thought a lot about what she’d be doing if she weren’t a pop icon.

“I’ve met Brad Pitt once but I’d like to meet the [family] again, and I’d like to become their nanny,” the 33-year-old said in an interview with ITV’s Good Morning Britain when asked about her dream job, People reports. When the host tried to tell her that might be a lot of work—Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Pitt have six children ranging from age 6 to 13—the mother of two responded, “That sounds fun to me!”

On a more practical note, Spears said in reality she’d “probably be a teacher or anything relating to the kids or teaching at a dance studio with a bunch of kids.”

[People]

TIME movies

Chris Pratt Says He’s Already Signed on for a Jurassic World Sequel

"They have me for I think 38 movies or something"

If you like Chris Pratt in Jurassic World—judging by its early box office success, you probably do—then get ready for a lot more dinosaurs.

When Entertainment Weekly asked Pratt if he signed on for a sequel, the actor answered, “I am. They have me for I think 38 movies or something.” That interview was the second of two the actor did with the magazine, one on the set of the film during production and another 10 months later.

Pratt also spoke about his childhood love for the franchise, how director Colin Trevorrow pitched him on the project and what sets this movie apart from its predecessors.

“When we pick up on our movie, it’s not this exciting park that no one can believe,” he said. “I just liked the idea that the park is open and also attendance is falling off. In this world, dinosaurs have been around for 20 years. So no one thinks they’re fascinating anymore. Kids are bored with them. Instead of being mesmerized by a T. rex, they’re at the park and they’re looking at their iPhones.”

[EW]

TIME celebrities

Benedict Cumberbatch Welcomes Baby Boy With Wife Sophie Hunter

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Jason Merritt—Getty Images Actor Benedict Cumberbatch (R) and Sophie Hunter attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, Calif.

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Actor Benedict Cumberbatch and wife Sophie Hunter welcomed their first child.

“Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter are delighted to announce the arrival of their beautiful son,” a representative for the actor, 38, said in a statement to People. “We would kindly ask everyone to respect the family’s privacy during these next few precious weeks.”

The couple revealed they were expecting in January, two months after announcing their engagement. They married on Valentine’s Day in Mottistone on England’s Isle of Wight.

[People]

TIME animals

Dogs Can Tell When You’re Not Nice to Their Owners, Study Finds

New research out of Japan suggests dogs cooperate socially

Scientists are learning more and more about why dogs are man’s best friend, and a new study suggests they can tell when people aren’t being kind to their owners.

Japanese researchers conducted an experiment where three groups of 18 dogs each watched their owners interact with two other strangers and try and open a box, AFP reports. In the first group, the owner asked for help from one of the people and was refused. In the second group, the owner asked for help and received it from one person. And in the third group, both people were neutral and neither helped nor refused.

Afterwards, the two people accompanying the owner offered the dog food. Researchers said the dogs were more likely to choose food from the neutral participant and ignore the person who refused to help in the first group.

“We discovered for the first time that dogs make social and emotional evaluations of people regardless of their direct interest,” said lead researcher Kazuo Fujita, a professor of comparative cognition at Kyoto University. The dogs showed no preference for accepting food in the other scenarios, according to the study, set to be published in the journal Animal Behaviour.

That the dogs don’t always act out of immediate self interest is evidence of their ability to cooperate socially, a trait found in a few species, Fujita said.

“There is a similar study that showed tufted capuchins have this ability, but there is no evidence that chimpanzees demonstrate a preference unless there is a direct benefit to them,” he said.

[AFP]

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