Michaela Antonia Jaé Rodriguez, formerly known as Mj Rodriguez, is an American actress and singer. Born in Newark, New Jersey, Rodriguez attended several performing arts schools in her youth before
Quick Facts About Mj Rodriguez
|Celebrated Name||Mj Rodriguez|
|Age||32 Years of 2023|
|Birth Name||Michaela Antonia Jae Rodriguez|
|Profession||Actress and Singer|
MJ Rodriguez Talks History-Making Emmy Nomination as a Trans Actress
MJ Rodriguez made Emmys history with her recent lead actress nomination for her role as Blanca Evangelista on Pose, becoming the first transgender woman to be recognized in a lead acting category at the ceremony. Now, Mj could be making history once again if she wins at Sunday’s Emmys. Ahead of the award show, Mj attended TV Academy’s annual pre-Emmy party on Friday, where she celebrated her historic nod. “I just want to constantly keep making that change,” Mj told Variety’s Marc Malkin on the red carpet. “I want to constantly keep making history. I want to be at the front of change . . . I am testimony that it is possible. There’s no excuses. The door is wide open and you can run right through it. There’s no crack. There’s no slipping in.” The actress also revealed that she already has a speech written in case she wins and that her Pose costars Billy Porter and Indya Moore have been texting her all weekend. “I’m glad that people in my life can come and celebrate this moment with me. It’s big.” Not only is Mj’s Emmy nod historic, but it’s also her first time being nominated at the ceremony. “I’m excited. I’m lifted. I’m thankful. I’m humbled and I’m grateful,” she told People. “I feel like this moment in time has never ever happened for a girl like myself and I feel like it’s time and it’s time to keep showing up. It doesn’t stop here.” Win or lose, Mj is opening doors for more transgender representation in Hollywood.
What makes Mj Rodriguez so famous?
- For appearing as Blanca Rodriguez-Evangelista in the 2018 drama series, “Pose”.
- Being cast as Angel in the Off-Broadway revival of “Rent”.
What is Mj Rodriguez’s Birth Name? Know About Her Family, Age, Ethnicity
MJ Rodriguez was born on 7th January 1991 with the birth name of Michaela Antonia Jae Rodriguez. Her place of birth is Newark, New Jersey, USA. She holds American nationality and her ethnic background is multiracial (Hispanic and Black). She is of African-American descent on her mother’s side and has Puerto-Rican roots on her father’s side. As per her birth date, her Zodiac sign falls under Capricorn. She follows the Christianity religion. While she had “prayed to become female” beginning at age 7, she states that she was in denial for many years and initially came out to her parents as “bisexual/gay” at the age of 14. She became involved in the ballroom scene where she found support from her house father who taught her to vogue at the age of 14. Details about her parents’ names are unavailable at the moment. However, the fact is only known that she has a sibling; a sister named Kyss who is in the Entertainment business and runs a hair salon.
About her educational qualification, Mj attended Queen of Angels Catholic School. Although she wanted to become an actress since the age of seven, she only began pursuing the profession at the age of 11 after her mother enrolled her in the New Jersey Performing Arts Center where she became an eight-year veteran of the program and participated in its New Jersey Youth Theater program. She graduated from Newark Arts High School and then she got enrolled at Berklee College of Music where she was a 2009 Star-Ledger scholarship recipient and a 2009 Young Arts first level scholarship recipient. She took the stage name “MJ” Rodriguez after the Marvel Comics character Mary Jane “MJ” Watson, being a self-described comic book geek and from putting the letters together from parts of her birth name.