Gina Rodriguez is our Rising Star of the Year at Young Hollywood Awards (VIDEO)

Known as the “Oscars of Young Hollywood,” the Young Hollywood Awards on July 27 toasted the brightest trailblazing stars in music, TV, and film at The Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles.

It was a who’s who of young Hollywood – from Vanessa Hudgens to Ansel Elgort to Justin Bieber –  but the one I was most excited about was Gina Rodriguez, our Variety Latino Rising Star of the Year honoree.

This fall, Gina makes history as the first Latina lead on the CW with her very own show, “Jane The Virgin,” a heartwarming new comedy about a 23-year-old girl with big dreams who gets pregnant after being artificially inseminated – accidentally!

We are so excited about the work Gina Rodriguez is doing in Hollywood and want to recognize that with this honor. She is smart, driven, uplifting, and empowering, and so are the characters she plays on the big and small screen, sending a clear message to Latina girls everywhere that they, too, are represented, and their stories are worth telling, too. Her being the first Latina lead on the CW with “Jane The Virgin” is groundbreaking, but it’s only the beginning. She is someone we’ll be talking about for years to come.

Congrats, Gina!

Don’t miss “Jane The Virgin” premiering October 13 on the CW.

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