MJ Rodriguez Biography
Rodriguez is an American native, an actress, and a singer well known for her role as Blanca Rodriguez-Evangelista in the television drama Pose.
She is among the largest cast of transgender actors to be leading series regulars in a scripted show. Rodriguez is also known for her character as Angel in the 2011 Off-Broadway revival of Rent, for which she won the 2011 Clive Barnes Award.
MJ Rodriguez Age
Rodriguez was born on January 7, 1991, in Newark. She is 31 years old as of 2022.
MJ Rodriguez Height
Rodriguez stands at a height of 5 feet 8 inches.
MJ Rodriguez Parents
Rodriguez’s father is Puerto Rican and her mother is an African-American.
MJ Rodriguez Education
Rodriguez finished her schooling at Queen of Angels Catholic School, where later all she joined the Jersey Performing Arts Center at the age of 11 as she had the dream of becoming an actress at age of 7. She became part of the organization for 8 years.
MJ Rodriguez Boyfriend
Rodriguez’s boyfriend is Stephen. He was introduced while celebrating her big moment as she became the first transwoman to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy in the category of outstanding lead actress in a drama. Moreover, Rodriguez shared her boyfriend in a video and photo montage of the two of them as she posted on Instagram on Valentine’s day in February 2021.
MJ Rodriguez Rent and Gender
Rodriguez is a transgender woman. She was watching the 2005 movie version of Rent, where she felt a connection to the character of Angel and told her father that she felt like that was her. At 18, she was cast as Angel in a production of Rent at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
Rodriguez was studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she had the opportunity to audition for an Off-Broadway revival of Rent. She landed the part of Angel and joined the cast in 2011. Rodriguez had her take on the role — instead of playing Angel as a drag queen, she considered Angel a trans woman. Her performance won her accolades, including a Clive Barnes Award for young performers.
Additionally to being a career milestone, portraying Angel sparked Rodriguez’s desire to medically transition. She had understood she was a female from the time she was 7, but being in Rent was one of the main defining moments, where this was the precipice of his transition. Rodriguez said in 2018 that the role “let me live out loud and see the woman that I was on stage. Rodriguez’s mother was supportive of her decision, but Rodriguez worried about the risks that transitioning might pose to her career, fearing she could lose everything. Fortunately, her agency stood by her and agreed to only have her pursue female roles going forward.
MJ Rodriguez Networth
Rodriguez has an approximate net worth of $800,000
MJ Rodriguez Instagram
Rodriguez is on Instagram as mjrodriguez7