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C. Molly Smith
January 11, 2015 at 12:00 PM EST

Today is a big day for Gina Rodriguez: Her critically acclaimed show, Jane the Virgin, was renewed for a second season, and she won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Comedy for her turn as the titular Jane. This is her first nomination, her first win, and the first major award win for the CW.

Backstage at the Golden Globes, she was emotional and excited for what her win, as well as the show, means for the Latino community.

“First and foremost, the nomination alone was a win for me because it allowed our culture, it allowed Latinos to see themselves in a beautiful light,” Rodriguez said. “For me, the win meant everything.”

Speaking to the broader landscape of the Latino community on television, she added, “I’m definitely part of the testament that it’s changing. It’s not only something that I see, but something I experience everyday.”

She added, though, that her show tells a broader story beyond the Latino community, and pointed to the racial tension surrounding Eric Garner and Michael Brown. “We are dealing with a society that is so diverse, so beautiful and so human,” Rodriguez said. “We need to remember that we have the same stories, and see it as such.”

In a teary-eyed Q&A, she dedicated the award to her mom and dad.

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