Earlier this year, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez smashed the glass ceiling by becoming the first trans actor nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work on Pose. The multi-hyphenate talent makes history again as LATINA’s first-ever trans cover star.
Centered on Rodriguez’s ability to tell stories and real-life role both on and off-screen as a protector, the actress/record artist opens up about her journey breaking into the industry, repping her hometown in Newark, NJ, and her Afro-Latinx identity.
One thing that I learned as an Afro-Latina, is that I should never, ever, ever be afraid — which I never was — but it was always instilled in me, to never be afraid of your heritage. – Michaela Jaé Rodriguez
Interviewed and written by Jasmin Hernandez, Michaela Jaé reflects deeply on her Emmy achievement:
I feel like it was an ode to my ancestors on how hard they had to fight within the trans community. I feel like it was also an ode to my Latino and Black ancestors who never got a chance to see, you know, the ones thrive before them or see the ones thrive after them.
And how she sees her beloved character, Blanca, as an inspiration.
I had my mother, I had my father, I had my second dad. I had the LGBTQIA community. I had all of those beautiful opportunities to be loved on. Blanca had none of that, and yet she still created it.
Read the full feature at LATINA.
— TeamMichaelaJaé (@Teammichaelajae) November 16, 2021