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MJ Rodriguez          

Actress & Singer; Known for "Pose"

Mj Rodriguez can currently be seen starring as housemother “Blanca” in Ryan Murphy’s groundbreaking series Pose on FX. The series was nominated for a 2019 Emmy Award and a 2018 Golden Globe Award in the category of Best Television Series Drama, in addition to a Writers Guild Award nomination. The series won a Peabody Award and two GLAAD Media Awards in the category of Outstanding Drama Series. Most recently Rodriguez was nominated for a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series in addition to nominations for a MTV Movie + TV Award in the category of Breakthrough Performance and 2 Gold Derby Awards for Drama Actress and Breakthrough Performance. The series will soon make a highly anticipated return to FX for it’s third season.

She historically won the 2019 Imagen Award for Best Actress in Television.

Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Rodriguez made her Off-Broadway debut in New World Stages production of RENT as Angel, before continuing onto New York City Center to star in Encores! production of Runaways. She recently starred as ‘Audrey’ in the Pasadena Playhouse’s production of Little Shop of Horrors.

In 2018 she made her Tribeca Film Debut starring in the indie film “Saturday Church,” a performance which garnered her a Tribeca Film Festival Nomination for Best Actress.

Her other television credits include: Nurse Jackie and Marvel’s Luke Cage.


Zendaya Talks to MJ Rodriguez About ‘Euphoria,’ ‘Pose’ and Learning Her Own Worth

On “Euphoria,” Zendaya plays Rue, an introverted teenager who numbs the pain of high school by turning to drugs. It’s a performance whose emotional power comes from a razor-thin closeness to the truth. Every bit as raw and real is MJ Rodriguez’s powerful turn on “Pose” as Blanca, the den mother of a group of orphan performers in the drama about transgender women in New York. They talked to each other over video chat for Variety‘s Actors on Actors issue.

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