Latina’s latest cover star Gina Rodriguez shared a pretty major tidbit about her newest leading role. The Jane The Virgin star is set to play the character of a lesbian paramedic from Chicago in the upcoming sci-fi blockbuster, Annihilation. The fact that queer stories keep being told largely through straight/cisgendered lens could be seen as problematic to some. But this could be a curious step in the right direction considering Rodriguez’s reported Afro-Latinidad, and that she doesn’t subscribe to gender binaries or any particular sexual orientation.
“It’s about five women who are going into the Shimmer, an entity that’s starting to destroy the world, so we’re trying to stop it,” said Rodriguez of her role. “We have guns, we’re doing some badass stunts and it’s a brilliant storyline. I play Anya Thorensen, a paramedic from Chicago who happens to be a lesbian and an ex-addict going into the Shimmer to be the hero that she’s kinda always wanted to be.”
The upcoming Paramount studio film co-stars Natalie Portman, and is based on the Jeff VanderMeer authored novel, who Rodriguez gloated about: “[Jeff] is absolutely brilliant. You can read any of his books and you’re like, this man can just create any kind of world out of nothing.”
The Golden-Globe award winning actress had to shave part of her head for the role, but was determined to own the look.
“I think it all plays into the idea of being your own hero and not feeling like you have to live up to other people’s expectations. I am not my beauty. Who I am is not my f*cking hair, and to be an actor is to transform. To represent a community is to commit, to give my entire all. So if I’m going to represent Latinos in the industry and in art, if I’m going to represent my little cousins in Chicago, they’re going to know that I went full out. Who are we afraid of? What are we afraid of? The worst thing that can happen is we die. Anything else you can handle,” she said emphatically.
Annihilation is expected to be released at in 2017. Check out the trailer for the film below.