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Gina Rodriguez guest-hosts on Today Show to talk about pay gap

From actress to anchor! Gina Rodriguez shows peace sign as she goes with Al Roker to her guest host on the Today show

Gina Rodriguez was up early Monday morning.

The beauty appeared on the Today show in NYC as a guest host to discuss a variety of topics with Al Roker and Shienelle Jones.

The actress talked about everything from gender pay inequality to portraying a hedgehog to dressing up as a unicorn at work.

Pressing Today Issues: Gina Rodriguez (right) was a guest on the Today show Monday with Shienelle Jones and Al Roker

Pressing Today Issues: Gina Rodriguez (right) was a guest on the Today show Monday with Shienelle Jones and Al Roker

'My two sisters are incredible giants': the multiple nominee Golden Globes gave her some of her greatest role models: her successful siblings

'My two sisters are incredible giants': the multiple nominee Golden Globes gave her some of her greatest role models: her successful siblings

‘My two sisters are incredible giants’: the multiple nominee Golden Globes gave her some of her greatest role models: her successful siblings

Her movie Ferdinand will be released on December 15 and also features the voice work of WWE star John Cena as the titular bull, Anthony Anderson and Bobby Cannavale.

“ I’m playing Una the Hedgehog helping him escape the bull farm, ” Gina revealed, before admitting to feeling a bit isolated from taking on her role for the 20th Century Fox feature film.

“It’s a little lonely at times because you’re just there alone,” she said of the recording process. ‘It is difficult. It is certainly a difficult medium. ‘

Who can turn the world on with her smile ?: The Chicago-bred 32-year-old CW star smiled on the streets of New York Monday morning

Who can turn the world on with her smile ?: The Chicago-bred 32-year-old CW star smiled on the streets of New York Monday morning

Who can turn the world on with her smile ?: The Chicago-bred 32-year-old CW star beamed in her long coat and cap, black heeled accessories, toe ring and powder blue purse

Who can turn the world on with her smile ?: The Chicago-bred 32-year-old CW star beamed in her long coat and cap, black heeled accessories, toe ring and powder blue purse

Who can turn the world on with her smile ?: The Chicago-bred 32-year-old CW star beamed in her long coat and cap, black heeled accessories, toe ring and powder blue purse

Peace out: The star was wearing a NY hat and flashing a peace sign

Peace out: The star was wearing a NY hat and flashing a peace sign

Peace out: The star was wearing a NY hat and flashing a peace sign

Gina discussed the importance of being a positive example, without naming names, and revealed that she turned down a high-profile series because she didn’t like the way Latinas were portrayed in the show.

“I’ve had great role models in my house,” she said while feeding her mother.

She continued, “I mean my two sisters are incredible giants – one is a private equity firm, the other is a doctor and runs the Westside Family Health Center.”

Una-corn: Gina - who said she recently wore a unicorn onesie to work - will be voicing a hedgehog character in Ferdinand, an animated comedy set to release December 15

Una-corn: Gina - who said she recently wore a unicorn onesie to work - will be voicing a hedgehog character in Ferdinand, an animated comedy set to release December 15

Una-corn: Gina – who said she recently wore a unicorn onesie to work – will be voicing a hedgehog character in Ferdinand, an animated comedy set to release December 15

‘All that I’ve been blessed [with] as an actress I have used to create awareness to empower women, ‘said Gina.

However, she wasn’t just talking about highlighting gender inequalities, but also about the injustice towards Latinos in the United States.

The Deepwater Horizon actress said she plans to use her platform as a visible Latina actress to shed light on issues pertaining to Spanish talent in the entertainment industry, “ especially now in our political climate. ”

O Canada! : Gina (second from right) - with (left to right) Felicia Williams, Mike Williams and Sydney Williams at the Deepwater Horizon premiere in Toronto last September

O Canada! : Gina (second from right) - with (left to right) Felicia Williams, Mike Williams and Sydney Williams at the Deepwater Horizon premiere in Toronto last September

O Canada! : Gina (second from right) – with (left to right) Felicia Williams, Mike Williams and Sydney Williams at the Deepwater Horizon premiere in Toronto last September

It wasn’t all serious. Gina also shared that the cast on the set of Jane the Virgin is participating in a unique weekly tradition.

In fact, on a recent Friday, she wore a one-piece unicorn around the CW set.

“I work on Jane for 14-16 hours a day,” she said. ‘We bring a little fun. Friday onesies. ‘

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