Who is Mj Rodriguez? Mj Rodriguez Biography, Wiki, Net worth, Boyfriend, Emmy Nominations

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Who is Mj Rodriguez?

Michaela Antonia Jaé Rodriguez born on January 7, 199, known professionally as Mj Rodriguez (sometimes capitalized as MJ Rodriguez) is an American actress and singer. Born in Newark, New Jersey, Rodriguez attended several performing arts schools in her youth before being cast in a theater production of Rent as Angel Dumott Schunard, winning the 2011 Clive Barnes Award for her performance.

Mj Rodriguez Emmy Nomination For ‘Best Actress’

The Emmy Awards 2021 are all set to be held soon. The award function was one of the first ceremonies to take place digitally amid the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The award function has returned and announced its nominations on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. Emmy Nominations 2021 created a buzz among the audience as it made history by nominating MJ Rodriguez in the category Best Actress in a Drama Series for her lead role in the ballroom drama series Pose. She recently shared how she felt after being nominated for Emmys 2021.

Mj Rodriguez Emmy Nomination For ‘Best Actress’

MJ Rodriguez on her Emmy nomination

MJ Rodriguez played the role of Blanca Rodriguez in the ballroom drama for three years. The show came to an end in June 2021, with an ample amount of viewership. MJ Rodriguez also became the first transgender to bag the Emmy nomination for lead actress in her name. In a recent chat with Variety, Rodriguez revealed how she felt about her nomination. She said she understands that the nomination is a pivotal moment in her life as there has never been a transgender woman to be nominated as the leading outstanding female actor.

Who is Mj Rodriguez, First Transgender Woman Nominated For A Major Acting  Emmy?

Rodriguez further threw light on how she has knocked down the door for many people whether they are transgender, nonconforming genders, or the LGBTQIA+ community. Rodrguez then praised and thanked Academy for her nomination and for opening the door to new possibilities. She said she believes that Academy would continue to do the same and she would keep encouraging and educating people across the world as it is the most important thing for her.

MJ Rodriguez’ role in Pose

MJ Rodriguez played the role of an LGBTQ ball fixture and the owner of House Evangelista named Blanca Rodriguez-Evangelista. The show revolves around Blanca and her struggles in life when she decides to start her own house. The show also cast Billy Porter, Indya Moore, Angelica Ross, and Evan Peters in pivotal roles. Billy Porter also got nominated for Emmy Awards for Best Actor in a Drama Series for the third time. He won the award in 2019 for the show. The show also got nominated under the category Outstanding Drama Series.

Diversity, firsts and more from the 73rd Emmy Awards nominations- The New  Indian Express

Mj Rodriguez Biography, Wiki

Mj Rodriguez was born on January 7, 1991, in Newark, New Jersey to an African-American mother and an Afro-Puerto Rican father. Rodriguez attended the Queen of Angels Catholic School. Although she wanted to become an actress since the age of seven, she only began pursuing the profession at the age of 11 after her mother enrolled her in the New Jersey Performing Arts Center—where she became an eight-year veteran of the program and participated in its New Jersey Youth Theater program.

While she had “prayed to become female” beginning at age 7, Rodriguez states that she was in denial for many years and initially came out to her parents as “bisexual/gay” at the age of 14. At 14, Rodriguez became involved in the ballroom scene where she found support from her house father who taught her to vogue. 

Following her performance in Rent, Rodriguez took a hiatus from performing to transition. From 2012 to 2016, Rodriguez began to work on stage again and appeared in small television roles, including Nurse JackieThe Carrie Diaries, and Luke Cage.

In 2017, Rodriguez was cast as one of the lead roles in the FX television series Pose, making her part of the largest cast of transgender actresses to be starring as series regulars in a scripted series. Her performance as Blanca Evangelista garnered critical acclaim. In 2021, she became the first transgender woman to earn an Emmy Award nomination in a major acting category; she was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in the third and final season of Pose.

BornJanuary 7, 1991 (age 30)
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
EducationBerklee College of Music
OccupationActress, singer
Years active2011–present

Mj Rodriguez Education

Mj Rodriguez is a graduate of Newark Arts High School, and later attended Berklee College of Music, where she was a 2009 Star-Ledger scholarship recipient and a 2009 Young Arts first level scholarship recipient. She eventually took the stage name “MJ” Rodriguez after the Marvel Comics character Mary Jane “MJ” Watson, being a self-described comic book geek and from putting the letters together from parts of her birth name.

MJ Rodriguez Age

MJ Rodriguez is an American actress and singer. She was born on January 7. 1991 in Newark, NJ. Rodriguez is 30 years old as of 2021.

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Like her fictional character, she is also a transgender woman in real life. Drawing from her experience, she managed to give it all while performing as Blanca.

At age 14, she came out as gay | bisexual to friends and family. Transitioning from 2012, she underwent a full gender replacement surgery in 2016. A full-fledged transgender woman, Mj remains vocal about the issues plaguing the lives of trans people. At the same time, she seems to embrace her gender identity fully.

However, according to the actress, her dating life continues to see improvement as she is growing comfortable in her transgender identity. Thus, her days of being single may be over soon.

MJ Rodriguez Net Worth

MJ plays “Blanca Rodriguez” in Pose, the caring mother of the House of Evangelista. After being diagnosed with HIV, Blanca formed her own house and then selected youth to be a part of it who were rejected by their birth family. MJ Rodriguez has an estimated Net Worth of $ 1 – 5 Million dollars as of 2021.

Rodriguez is most known for portraying Angel in the 2011 Off-Broadway revival of Rent. She also won a Clive Barnes Award for her performance.

MJ Rodriguez Height

Rodriguez stands at a height of ‎5 feet 8 inch or 1.73 meters and weighs ‎58 kg. She has a slim body, her other body qualifications include:

MJ Rodriguez Filmography


2017Saturday Church
Bun in the OvenBertha
The Big TakeRobyn
2020Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen


2012Nurse Jackie
2013The Carrie Diaries
2016[Blank] My Life
Luke Cage


2016Street Children
2017Trans Scripts: Part 1, The Women
2017Burn All Night
2019Little Shop of Horrors

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