MJ Rodriguez is best known for her role in FX’s drama series Pose.
The actress made history when she became the first transgender woman up for an Emmy nomination.
Mj Rodriguez is an actress best known for her role in FX’s PoseCredit: Rex
Who is Mj Rodriguez’s partner?
In 2020, MJ Rodriguez introduced the world to her boyfriend, Stephen in a Valentine’s Day message on Instagram.
She wrote: “They’ll try to hold you back, they will say your wrong, but they will NEVER UNDERSTAND, the journey that your on. Baby I wouldn’t choose it any other way. I love you.
“I feel like I can be my truest self when I am around you. You have shown me what love truly looks like when it’s balanced and easy. I’m so proud to call you my Valentine but most importantly my boyfriend.
“You are always rooting me on, you always make sure my physical, my spiritual and my mental state is okay. I’m so appreciative of you. #happyvalentinesday I LOVE YOU Stephen ??❤️”
Rodriguez is dating Stephen, whom she introduced on her Instagram on Valentine’s DayCredit: Instagram/MJ Rodriguez
Who is Mj Rodriguez?
Rodriguez, whose full name is Michaela Antonia Jaé Rodriguez, was born on January 7, 1991, in Newark, New Jersey.
She is an American actress and singer and was cast in the theater production of Rent as Angel Dumott Schunard, for which she won the Clive Barnes Award for her performance.
After her Rent performance, Rodriguez took a break from performing to transition.
Rodriguez got back to work on stage from 2012 to 2016 and appeared in some small television roles, including Nurse Jackie, The Carrie Diaries, and Luke Cage.
In 2017, she landed the lead role in the television series Pose.
This made her part of the largest cast of transgender actresses to be starring in a scripted series.
In 2021, she was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in the last season of Pose, making her the first transgender woman to earn an Emmy Award nomination in a major acting category.
When did Mj Rodriguez decide to transition?
During her Off-Broadway revival of Rent in 2011, Rodriguez was “just living onstage,” according to Playbill.com.
“It wasn’t like being a character. I was in character, of course, but I was also living me and telling my story through Angel,” Rodriguez continued.
When Angel was all dressed up in women’s clothing with glamorous hair and makeup and her friends addressed her as “her ” was when Angel felt most herself.
The same went for Rodriguez who knew she was female deep down.
“When that gate got lifted up,” she says, “and everyone saw me as Angel dressed up, I was like, ‘This is me. Now I’m about to serve y’all, so get ready! It’s going to be a ride!’”
It was at this time Rodriguez started to look into the transition process more as she says, “It was me that was holding myself back because I felt like I had to fit into this mold of what people want to see.”
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