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Gina Rodriguez laughs off America Ferrera photo mix-up

Published 10/12/2015

Gina Rodriguez
Gina Rodriguez

Gina Rodriguez is elated her Golden Globe nomination will allow "Latinas to see themselves in a beautiful light".

Gina Rodriguez has brushed off a Golden Globes gaffe after awards bosses mistook fellow Latina America Ferrera for the Jane the Virgin star in a Twitter.com post on Thursday (10Dec15).

Ferrera joined Angela Bassett, Dennis Quaid and Chloe Grace Moretz at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles early on Thursday to help announce the 2016 nominations, but the person responsible for the awards' official social media page accidentally tagged the Ugly Betty star as Rodriguez in a photo of the four presenters.

Rodriguez paid little attention to the identity mishap and later shared her thanks for her Best Actress in a TV Series - Comedy nod on Twitter.com, writing, "Speechless gratitude. @goldenglobes".

She has since opened up about the mistake in an interview with U.S. news show Entertainment Tonight, insisting she has no problem being mistaken for Ferrera.

"I didn't hear anything until recently someone sent me an article (about the confusion), but who cares?" she explains. "America's lovely. She's so beautiful and such a fantastic actress. If there's anybody I want to get mixed up with, it's her for sure!"

"To me, it's like, whatever," she adds. "We always make mix-ups in life, man."

Rodriguez will be hoping score a win in her category for a second year when she attends the prizegiving in January (16), after making history at 2015's ceremony as the first Latina to claim the Golden Globe for best TV comedy actress for her role in Jane the Virgin.

The star, 31, broke down in tears backstage after her Globes win as she reflected on the impact of her victory for ethnic minorities.

"First and foremost the nomination alone was a win for me because it allowed our culture, it allowed Latinas to see themselves in a beautiful light," she told reporters. "It allowed them to see ourselves where we all desired to be invited to the same party.

"If we can create an effect that shows Latinos like the investment bankers, doctors, lawyers that existed in my own home, I think that will change the way young girls and boys look at themselves."

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