‘Jane The Virgin’ Star Gina Rodriguez Funds Scholarship For Undocumented Student

Sometimes, when the world is looking bleak and shit – humans show there are still some reasons to smile. One of these humans is Gina Rodriguez, the frontwoman of Jane the Virgin. 

This year, Rodriguez has chucked her name in the hat again for an Emmy. This usually means lots and lots of advertising and promoting thanks to a hefty budget from Rodriguez’s network, CBS, in order to catch the eye of voters. The ideal result is an Emmy nomination. It’s all very typical but this year, Rodriguez has used her allotted budget to fund a Princeton University college scholarship for an undocumented immigrant – a high school student.

The campaign “is a bizarre dance,” Rodriguez told  The Hollywood Reporter. “Whatever you do requires an insane amount of money.”

The generous budget means the selected student will be able to complete four years of study without the financial burden.

“Our show has always jumped at any opportunity to help me do something for the Latinx community… So I asked my showrunner, (Jennie Snyder Urman), if we could do something different with the money this year.”

Yesterday, Westworld actor Jonathan Tucker announced he’d be donating all his FOX residuals from past projects to RAICES TEXAS. An organisation standing for Refugees and Immigrants Centre for Education and Legal Services.

Tucker’s protest comes amid global criticism of FOX Network after FOX News host, Laura Ingraham, compared the children detention centres, separating families, on the Mexico border to summer schools. The show’s political commentator, Tucker Carlson, also sparked fury after telling viewers that “If you’re looking to understand what’s actually happening in this country, always assume the opposite of whatever they’re telling you on the big news stations.” 

Nicki Minaj posted an emotional Instagram post on Wednesday and shared how she had been a five-year-old undocumented immigrant in the country.

Seth MacFarlane, New Girl creator Liz Merriweather, Modern Family co-creator Steve Levitan, and How I Met Your Mother creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays have all publicly denounced the network.