Although she plays the role of a virgin on your TV screen, Gina Rodriguez’s flower blossomed quite some time ago. The Jane the Virgin star opened up about the day she lost her virginity on a podcast episode for “Sooo Many White Guys,” hosted by comedian and actress Phoebe Robinson. While she’s no longer celibate, Rodriguez revealed why playing the role of a virgin is still just as important to her as a woman.
Opening up the touchy subject matter with her own experience, Robinson admitted she had lost her virginity at the age of 24, something she asked not to be judged for. “There’s no judgement, on the contrary, I’m jealous,” replied Rodriguez. “I think that’s brilliant.”
The Puerto Rican actress then went on to share her own experience, and without shame. Unlike Robinson, she had lost her virginity at 17, something she described as “pretty early.” Before saying goodbye to her boyfriend of one year, who was leaving to study abroad, the two mutually planned to lose their virginity to each other.
“We wanted to make sure that it was special and that we would always have beautiful memory of it,” she shared. “So I lost my virginity to the sweetest guy, ever. It was pretty magical. It was a magical evening of like safety. He put on a song, we were at my friend’s farm house in like the outskirts of Chicago.”
Although she’s no longer a virgin herself, she feels the stigma behind being a virgin needs to stop. This is why playing the role of a “sex positive” virgin is something she considers of significant importance. Shaming a young adult’s virginity many times leads to unwanted, unsafe sex. Through Jane the Virgin, she’s able to make young adults comfortable enough to keep their virginity until ready, and fight off the belief that virginity is equal to asexuality.
“I didn’t want her to lack sexuality, [she] was making a commitment and this kind of commitment is just unpopular in our society,” explained Rodriguez. “All we have to do is make it popular. So I really wanted to make Jane bada**, she has two dudes that are after her, she likes boys, she wants to have sex, she’s just waiting for the time when it’s going to be in a safe environment to her perspective and to her conviction.”
Both actresses agreed that a show like this would have came in handy when they were in their teenage years, being that the topic of sex wasn’t necessarily popular within their homes. The Golden Globe Award-winning actress is well known for speaking on controversial topics that the general public typically shies away from, creating a platform young adults of color can relate to.
Promoting self love both in and out of the sheets, she recently she teamed up with Clinique on Difference Makers Initiative, a movement “about creating an awareness of one’s power, and really having women searching [for that] go on this beautiful journey of self love, self beauty, what beauty means to them, and how they can take that power and create change in their neighborhood, in their communities, in their family, in their household, in their small circles.”
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