-- intro: She's been called the next big thing, and now, after her Golden Globes win, everyone seems to be talking about Gina Rodriguez.
The star of CW's surprise hit, "Jane the Virgin," about a young, devout woman who discovers that she was accidentally, artificially inseminated, brought many to tears when she accepted her award for best actress in a TV series, musical or comedy.
"The award is so much more than myself," the 30-year-old actress said. "It represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes. My father used to tell me to say every morning that today is going to be a great day [and that] I can and I will. Well, Dad, today I can and I did."
With a second season of "Jane" renewed just hours before Rodriguez's Globes win, it's clear this young actress is just getting started.
If you haven't yet discovered Rodriguez, here are five things you need to know about her.
quicklist:title: Her Role Modelstext: Rodriguez was born in Chicago, the youngest of three daughters of Genaro Rodriguez, a boxing referee, and Magali, who migrated from Puerto Rico. One sister is a lawyer and another is an investment banker. So Rodriguez's father was somewhat dismayed when Rodriguez told him she wanted to be an actor. The turning point came after he saw her play Mexican artist Frida Kahlo in an American Stage production of "Casa Blue," she told Reuters in 2012. "He turned to me and said he was proud," Rodriguez said, her eyes tearing up. "Having him accept what I did, that was my big break. It's so important to me to make my father and mother proud. And I want to do it with integrity and respect." During her speech Sunday night, Rodriguez thanked her family. "Thank you to my mom and my dad for telling me to dream big and to never stop dreaming. To my siblings, to my sisters ... for being the biggest role models in my life," she said.
quicklist:title: Her Biggest Struggle text: Rodriguez was diagnosed with thyroid disease in her late teens. "I got thyroid disease when I was 19. I had hypothyroid, underactive thyroid, and it was very hard to deal with my weight," she told The Hollywood Reporter. "It was something I never thought about prior to getting thyroid disease. For a while, I would look at myself and what was on screen and in magazines and say, 'This is never going to be possible because there's no way I can attain that beauty size.' I had to look at myself and overcome the idea that I was limited by what God gave me."
quicklist:title: About Her Own Virginitytext: Playing a virgin on TV doesn't mean Rodriguez is open to talking about her own love life. "It's normally the fans and watchers who wanna ask me, 'So, are you a virgin?' And I'm like, 'None of your business!' C'mon! Typecasting! Method acting!" she told E! News on the red carpet Sunday with a laugh. Rodriguez may laugh off the personal questions, but she said her boyfriend, "Revenge" actor Henri Esteve, does not. "Talk to my boyfriend, he's really upset about it," she told E!, before adding, "Just kidding, it's inappropriate. It's all inappropriate!"
Turning down Lifetime's "Devious Maids," about four Latina maids working in Beverly Hills, and a hip-hop film that she said "portrayed Latinos in a real negative light," Rodriguez said she then read for "Jane the Virgin." "This is supposed to be my journey. Whether this journey lasts one season or 10, I'll take what I can get, because these are the stories that I want to tell," she told THR.