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Shape Magazine

Mj Rodriguez Is ‘Never Going to Stop’ Advocating for Empathy Towards Trans Folks

SHAPE – The history-making Emmy nominee opens up about the importance of her artistry — and the change she hopes to create with it.

“Being an Afro-Latina trans woman in America is hard,” says actor and singer Mj Rodriguez, who starred on Pose, the ground-breaking TV show featuring the largest cast ever of transgender actors. “I take 15 minutes alone to appreciate the life that has been given to me and to figure out how I can move the needle forward every day.”

As Blanca in Pose, Mj, 30, earned critical acclaim and a devoted fan base. In July she made history as the first transgender performer to earn an Emmy nomination in a major acting category.
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Mj talks with InStyle

Mj Rodriguez on the End of Pose and the Start of Something New

INSTYLE – The Pose star on Emmys snubs, a movie career, and Blanca Evangelista’s curtain call.

Back in 2018, three weeks into filming for the first season of FX’s groundbreaking ballroom series Pose, star Mj Rodriguez had an epiphany. “I started realizing how the show was not only about entertainment,” she recalls. “It was also extremely educational about our lives [as trans people] and how we chose to move through the world.”

After years spent navigating Hollywood as a trans woman, Rodriguez was shocked to finally land on a script that clearly understood not only how the world perceived members of her community, but the resiliency that allowed these women to continually fight to carve a space for themselves. “That was just so crazy at the time,” she adds.

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