At 33 years old, MJ Rodriguez has this physical status:
Mj Rodriguez (born January 7, 1991; also known as MJ Rodriguez) is an American actress and singer. Blanca Rodriguez-Evangelista in the television drama Pose, where she is one of the largest casts of transgender characters to be starring as series regulars in a scripted film.
She is also known for her appearance as Angel in the 2011 Off-Broadway revival of Rent, for which she received the 2011 Clive Barnes Award.
Early life and education
Rodriguez was born in Newark, New Jersey, on January 7, 1991, to an African-American mother and a father of half Puerto Rican and half African-American descent. Rodriguez attended the Queen of Angels Catholic School. She had aspired to be a performer since she mother enrolled her in the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, where she became an eight-year veteran of the program and participated in the New Jersey Youth Theater Festival.
Rodriguez, who had "wanted to be female" from the age of 7, claims she was in denial for many years and first came out to her parents as "bisexual/gay" at the age of 14. Rodriguez, a 14-year-old girl, gained a helping hand from her house father, who taught her to vogue, when she was stepping into vogue. She attended Newark Arts High School and later attended Berklee College of Music, where she was a 2009 Star-Ledger scholarship recipient and a 2009 Young Arts first level scholarship winner. She eventually adopted the stage name "Mj" Rodriguez after the Marvel Comics character Mary Jane "MJ" Watson, who was a self-described comic book geek and avoided putting the letters together from portions of her birth name.
While attending college, Rodriguez appeared in a Rent Theatre performance as Angel Dumott Schunard. Since being first introduced to the 2005 film version, Rodriguez wanted to reprise his role. She related with actress Fredi Walker-Browne (the actress who created Joanne Jefferson in Rent) who appeared at one of Rodriguez's performances. Walker-Browne pleaded for Angel to read for the part and assisted her in securing an audition in Rent's forthcoming off-Broadway version. Rodriguez was cast in the off-Broadway production and appeared alongside Annaleigh Ashford, then-up and coming stage actor (cast as Mauley). Rodriguez's success earned her the 2011 Clive Barnes Award, which was established in honor of the late English writer and critic Clive Barnes.
During this period, Rodriguez began to fully investigate the transition process. Rodriguez made the decision to go on hiatus to begin transition following the conclusion of the off-Broadway revival in 2012. Rodriguez resurfaced as an actor after starting with hormone replacement therapy in early 2016 and leaving enough time for privacy. Rodriguez's rep told them that she was no longer auditioning for male roles. Despite her skepticism, Rodriguez's repulsiveness of her new gender identity.
Rodriguez appeared in small television roles from 2012 to 2016, including Nurse Jackie, The Carrie Diaries, and Luke Cage. Her appearance in "Sister Boy" on Luke Cage as a non-speaking character also marked the first appearance of both a transgender actress and a character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Rodriguez released a video of herself on Facebook singing the number "Satisfied" from the Broadway musical Hamilton. The video received a warm response and earned her an invite to audition for Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds in Hamilton. Various Broadway and LGBT news outlets covered her news of her audition for a cisgender role. She has appeared in a number of other stage productions sinc
Rodriguez also starred in Ebony, an independent film. The 2017 film, which premiered in January 2018, depicted a runaway teenager struggling with their gender identity and becoming involved in the emerging underground ball culture scene. At the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, her portrayal of Ebony earned her the Best Actress award.
Following a six-month casting hunt, Rodriguez was cast in the leading role of Blanca Evangelista in the FX series Pose in 2017. Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals created the show, which made history by including five transgender actors in lead roles. In a scripted series, the show has the most diverse cast of transgender actors as regulars. Pose's pilot debuted in November 2017 and premiered in June 2018 to rave reviews.
The film is set in New York City in the 1980s and explores queer people of color (particularly Black trans women) who are involved with the underground ballroom scene. Blanca de Rodriguez is a young woman who designs her own "house" in the House of Evangelista, after being given a positive diagnosis of HIV. She becomes a surrogate mother to many queer youth of color as the House of Evangelista's leader. Critics have praised her role as a "breakout, starring role." Indya Moore, Tony Award-winning photographer Billy Porter, model Dominique Jackson, trans rights lawyer Angelica Ross, Evan Peters, Kate Mara, and James Van Der Beek are among the show's regular cast members.
On July 23, 2018, Rodriguez appeared in "Waving Through a Window" from Dear Evan Hansen as a Poe co-stars, Billy Porter, and Ryan Jamaal Swain.
In 2019, Rodriguez became the first openly transgender woman to win Best Actress - Television at the Imagen Awards.
In the fall of 2019, Rodriguez played Audrey, the leading lady in Pasadena Playhouse's production of Little Shop of Horrors, making her first transgender woman of color to perform in a major production. Catherine II's cast members included George Salazar (from Broadway's Be More Chill) as Seymour and Amber Riley (Glee). "I'm just an actor," she told Broadway.com about her role. Any woman should be considered for this position, according to me. [My casting] shouldn't be something that's trending; it should be normal."
On October 1, 2019, she and George Salazar, co-stars on Little Shop of Horrors, were the musical guests on The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS, where they performed "Suddenly Seymour."
Rodriguez started a relationship with Olay Body in November, becoming the first Latina trans woman to work with the firm. Variety announced that Rodriguez would appear alongside Maya Rudolph in Apple TV's forthcoming comedy series directed by Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard on May 7, 2021.
In 2021, she became the first transgender woman to be nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role in Pose's third and final season.
Rodriguez's debut single "Something to Say" on June 4, 2021, was released on Access Records' Access Records. The song appears as the lead single on her forthcoming debut EP.
"I wanted people to see that I was more than just this character that I played on a television screen," Rodriguez said in September 2021. ... It was only right and much more personal to let people know who the Mj woman is.'
Rodriguez received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama at the 79th Golden Globe Awards on January 9, 2022, becoming the first transgender celebrity to receive a Golden Globe Award in the history of the awards.
Kate Mara and Jamie Bell's family is expanding. On Sunday, Mara announced she and Bell are expecting their second child in a new Instagram post. The "A Teacher" star shared a photo of herself wearing a loose pink dress and holding hands with her husband alongside the caption, "There are three of us in this pic." A rep for Mara confirmed the news to People.
The couple's famous friends immediately started congratulating them in the comments. Octavia Spencer wrote, "Congratulations!!!" Meanwhile, Mara and Bell's "Fantastic Four" co-star Michael B. Jordan commented with three star emojis, and Mj Rodriguez added, "Omg congratulations cutie."
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