Gina Rodriguez Is Finally Playing the Action Role of Her Dreams


After seeing the trailer for the film Miss Bala, we are floored by Gina Rodriguez in this new action film. We were not prepared for the vision of Rodriguez with a gun — a big one. She did great in Deepwater Horizon and Annihilation, but those two films didn’t showcase Rodriguez’s true action skills.

Now in Miss Bala, a remake (and english version) of the 2011 independent movie, Rodriguez takes on the drug cartel and she looks fierce. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Rodriguez talked about how she always dreamed of starring in an action movie, and we also learned that this new movie features the Latinx representation that she’s been fighting for.

“I had been dying to do action for so long, and it’s very difficult because people of color don’t have as many opportunities,” Rodriguez told EW. “And that’s not even like a ‘Woe is me.’ That’s just a reality, and that’s okay. That has been a reality of mine for many, many, many years. [With Miss Bala], Sony made a big-budget action film with a 95 percent Latinx cast and 95 percent Latinx production crew. It’s revolutionary. It’s just really great to live in these spaces that for so long I didn’t have the opportunity to.”

Imagine that, 95 percent Latinx cast and crew! Now we’re more interesting in supporting this movie more than ever. She also talked about how playing this touch action role is in many ways an example of who she is, and where she came from.

“It’s a reconceptualizing of the original film, and it’s more modern,” Rodriguez told EW. “[Gloria is] someone that’s actively trying to save herself and her family. I think that’s really amazing because a lot of the women in my life, they actively work toward keeping their families safe, and they actively try to fix situations. There’s no woman I know in my life that just sits back. Women aren’t necessarily always portrayed as proactively trying to save ourselves in action films. It’s very empowering to see those stories because I know that’s what the women in my life do.”

Check out the trailer below.

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