When Gina Rodriguez accepted the Golden Globe for best actress in a TV comedy back in January for her role in Jane the Virgin, she said, “My father used to tell me to say every morning, ‘Today’s going to be a great day, and I can, and I will.’ Well, daddy, today is a great day. I can, and I did.”
The actress stopped by The Late Show on Wednesday, and host Stephen Colbert asked her to expand on what that speech — and in particular, what her father’s words — meant to her.
As a teenager, the mantra didn’t mean too much to Rodriguez, though she would dutifully repeat it at her father’s prompting. Now, however, “I feel so empowered by that,” she told Colbert. “Because the truth is, I get to decide what my day is going to be and I also don’t allow for any negativity or interruption to touch that. Today’s going to be a great day, I can and I will.”
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Added Rodriguez, “And if it didn’t happen today, I’ll make sure to try for it tomorrow and if not, the next day, or the next week, or the next month. But there’s no timeline,” she said, pausing to knock on the wood of Colbert’s desk. “God willing, I have tomorrow.”
Her passion as she delivered the message behind her father’s mantra was so convincing that Colbert only had one question: “Can I join your cult?” (Can we?)