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Gina Rodriguez Just Gave Us A Beautiful Example Of Why Representation Matters

"You gave me hope. You gave me a reason to fight, and to speak up. You gave me a voice, and how can I thank you?"

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So obviously the Kennedy Center Honors would see fit to shower her with praise at a ceremony that also honored George Lucas, Carole King, Seiji Ozawa, and Cicely Tyson.


They also brought in Gina Rodriguez — who plays Moreno's granddaughter on Jane the Virgin — to make us cry buckets of tears over Moreno's legacy.

"'I never see us on my favorite TV shows or movies, we must not have existed back then, right?' And then she introduced me to you."

"I met you onscreen and I just loved you.Your bright smile, your fierce persona, that independent voice that burst through every performance and every interview. I just wanted to be just like Rita."

"I'm not sure I know how. But I can tell you this: When you followed your dreams, Rita, you gave me the allowance to follow mine."


"And now, being your granddaughter on Jane — the most surreal blessing in my life — you are my icon, my living legend, and what matters most: my friend. Rita, this is my love letter to you."