Mj Rodriguez Becomes First Trans Woman Nominated for an Emmy in a Major Acting Category
On July 13, Mj Rodriguez made history by becoming the first-ever trans woman to be nominated for an Emmy in a major acting category. Rodriguez is nominated in the category Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Blanca in the FX drama Pose.
Mj Rodriguez reacts to her historic #Emmys nomination on Instagram Live:— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) July 13, 2021
“I’ve been wanting to express, and feel, and spread love all my life, and I’ve always wanted to spread it through my art, and I finally feel like I can do it; I finally feel like people are seeing it.” pic.twitter.com/NBwLgtSiEX
After the Television Academy announced Rodriguez’s nomination, the 30-year-old actress took to Instagram live to express her thoughts on the news. With a big smile, Rodriguez stated, “I cried so much. Oh my god, you don’t understand.” Radiating excitement and joy, the actress described how she had always wanted to spread love through her art and finally is getting the chance to. After, the actress thanked her fans for their endless support and stated, “this is what representation looks like.”
In an interview with Variety, Rodriguez explained how she believes her nomination will now open up more opportunities “for so many people — whether they be male or trans female, gender nonconforming, LGBTQIA+, it does not matter.” The actress also voiced how the nomination from the Academy can help inform and educate people around the world.
The #Emmy nominees for Lead Actress in a Drama Series are:— Television Academy (@TelevisionAcad) July 13, 2021
Olivia Colman (@TheCrownNetflix)
Emma Corrin (@TheCrownNetflix)
Elisabeth Moss (@HandmaidsOnHulu)@MjRodriguez7 (@PoseOnFX)@JurneeSmollett (@LovecraftHBO)
#EmmyNoms #Emmys #Emmys2021 pic.twitter.com/6e6HYCpC2x
In the same category Uzo Aduba, Olivia Colman, Emma Corrin, Elisabeth Moss, and Jurnee Smollett are nominated along with Rodriguez.
Pose is an FX drama that follows the diverse communities within New York’s underground ball culture. Currently, Pose has the largest cast of transgender actors to appear as series regular roles. Additionally, the scripted series also features the largest recurring cast of LGBTQ actors.
i’m so so happy for mj rodriguez…she’s a spectacular human, a wonderful actress, an amazing singer and i just want the best for her truly— ⫷ⓡ⫸ (@jojojoIyne) July 13, 2021
If you want to support Mj Rodriguez at the Emmys, you can catch the 73 Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, September 19.