Gina Rodriguez is back promoting her new series, but this time it’s not business as usual. The actress and producer posted a trailer of her new show, The Diary of a Future President on her Instagram. The show will premiere on Disney+ on Jan. 17.
The actress posted the clip with the caption, “I can and I will Productions presents Diary of a Future President! So proud of this project and the incredible cast.” What made this Instagram post different from her previous ones is that she allowed people to comment on it. Her Instagram account has had the comment section turned off for months since her backlash over using the N-word in a video where she was singing a Fugees song.
Rodriguez has kept a low profile since that clip. She issued an apology in October saying, “The word I sang, carries with it a legacy of hurt and pain that I cannot even imagine. Whatever consequences I face for my actions today, none will be more hurtful than the personal remorse I feel.” She added, “Watching my own video playing back at me, has shaken me to my core. It is humiliating that this has to be a public lesson, but it is indeed a much-deserved lesson. I feel so deeply protective and responsible to the community of color but I have let this community down. I have some serious learning and growing to do, and I am so deeply sorry for the pain I have caused.”
Since then, Rodriguez not only deleted her Twitter account but turned off the comments on her Instagram account. She has posted a couple of times since then, so this new Instagram post means she will be back in the limelight in the promotion of her new series. We’re just wondering if she plans on discussing what happened a couple of months ago.
Diary of a Future President tells the story of Elena who’s a 12-year-old Cuban-American and grows up to become the President of the United States of America. Elena, as an adult, is played by Rodriguez. The show was created by Ilana Peña (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Reign).
The trailer for the show looks promising too. Rodriguez is seen in only a couple of seconds where she is seen as the President in the Oval Office. Still, the real draw here is this incredibly humorous look at Elena, who is raised by a single mom and is like most kids her age trying to figure out who she is and what life is all about. We’re eager to see this show, we’re just hoping Rodriguez’s side mess doesn’t interfere with it.
Check out the trailer below.