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Mj Rodriguez interview: ‘Pose’

“There’s a cycle that has to be repeated when it comes to encouraging a generation of LGBTQ+ individuals,” declares Mj Rodriguez, the star of FX’s “Pose.” The Emmy-winning period drama about New York ballroom culture has just recently aired its highly-anticipated final episode. For Rodriguez, who plays the tough but loving house mother Blanca Evangelista, the end of the groundbreaking series has come with a slew of emotions. In our exclusive video interview (watch above), Rodriguez reflects on her growth as a leading lady and how the impact of Blanca and the series continue to be felt.
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Mj Rodriguez, Laverne Cox and Monique Heart Will Participate In This Year’s “It Gets Better: A Digital Pride Experience”

When I came out of the closet at 19-years-old, there were little to no resources to help me get acclimated to my new normal. Although my mother eventually came around to accept my lifestyle, the first couple of years were nothing short of a bumpy road. Back then, I could’ve benefited from an initiative like The It Gets Better Project.
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MJ Rodriguez Drops Her Skin-Care Routine

All products featured on Glamour are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission. There's no doubt MJ Rodriguez is a star. From the second she appeared onscreen in FX's Pose—a Ryan Murphy–directed series centered on New York's ballroom scene in the 1980s and ’90s—it became clear she was one to watch. In her role as Blanca, the strong-willed founder of the House of Evangelista, her every word demands your attention and pulls at your heart strings. Since the first season, she's starred in a production of Little Shop of Horrors, and though I've seen only short clips of the performance, once again, I was captivated by her every move.
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Emmys spotlight: Mj Rodriguez (‘Pose’) deserves a history-making nomination

In Sunday’s series finale of “Pose,” the acclaimed FX drama about ballroom culture in New York, we see Blanca Evangelista (Mj Rodriguez) walk triumphantly into the dimly lit city streets after having been deemed a legend in the ballroom culture. If Emmy voters are paying attention, Rodriguez will make a similar walk up the red carpet at this year’s awards and become the first trans woman to be nominated in a lead acting category.

[Watch] “Pose” Star Mj Rodriguez Joins MTV’s “Fresh Out Live” to Discuss Her New Debut Single “Something To Say”

Mj Rodriguez stopped by MTV’s Fresh Out Live with host Jamila Mustafa to share her plans for celebrating Pride month this year, her new debut single “Something To Say,” and the iconic music industry legends she had the chance to work with recently, including Earth, Wind & Fire bassist Verdine White, and more. Rodriguez talks about how music was always her first passion before acting and now she has the opportunity to share her musical talents with the world. Plus, pop-group Now United delivers an energetic performance of their hit “Baila.”
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‘Pose’ Actor Mj Rodriguez Talks Possible House of Abundance Spinoff

Pose has been one of the most popular TV shows since its 2018 premiere. Created by Ryan Murphy, Steven Canals, and Brad Falchuk, the series tells the story of the New York ballroom scene through colorful characters and their families. Pose is set to end in 2021 following a hugely successful run, much to the disappointment of its viewers. But could there be a Pose spinoff? Actor MJ Rodriguez has weighed in on the possibility.
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H&M’s 2021 Pride Campaign Features “Pose” Star MJ Rodriguez and Chella Man

It’s officially Pride month and H&M's 2021 Pride campaign has arrived. This year, the fashion giant is waving the rainbow flag high with a tech twist. On June 1, the brand launched its Beyond The Rainbow campaign. They developed an app for people from around the world to share their stories – and how you access people’s stories is the fun part. Using H&M’s web-based scanner, users can simply point their smartphone at any rainbow flag and get access to H&M’s Pride portal filled with videos, Instagram filters, and the ability to share their own Pride story on social media.
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Mj Rodriguez on the End of Pose and the Start of Something New

Back in 2018, three weeks into filming for the first season of FX's groundbreaking ballroom series Pose, star Mj Rodriguez had an epiphany. "I started realizing how the show was not only about entertainment," she recalls. "It was also extremely educational about our lives [as trans people] and how we chose to move through the world."
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To Mj Rodriguez, Pride Means "Living Out Loud More than You've Ever Done Before"

Michaela Jaé "Mj" Rodriguez knows the importance of sharing her story, whether it’s on-screen in Pose or in her everyday life. This Pride Month, she’s inspiring people to do just that as a part of H&M’s new Beyond the Rainbow campaign, which features various LGBTQIA+ stars opening up about their experiences—from personal struggles to victories—and what Pride means to them.

Mj Rodriguez Is the Heart of This Year's Pride

She is Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, and she has something to say. Although the Pose frontwoman and celebrated meme legend has been preparing for her new chapter, she didn't exactly find the words at first. After dropping everything when COVID-19 first hit New York City, the 30-year-old actress used lockdown to hold a personal introspective of her performance as Blanca Evangelista since 2018.

My worst moment: 'Pose' star Mj Rodriguez and the time her voice cracked on stage during a performance of 'Rent'

Finishing up its third and final season on FX, “Pose” is set in the world of New York’s LGBTQ ballroom culture during the '80s and '90s. The show is at once exuberant and heartbreaking, over the top and deeply human. At the center of it all is Mj Rodriguez as Blanca, who is both a nurturing beacon of optimism and the glue that hold’s the show’s central friendships together.