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12/04/2014 11:04 am ET Updated Dec 04, 2014

Why ‘Jane The Virgin' Star Gina Rodriguez Says ‘Latinos Are Not Limited By Their Culture'

Gina Rodriguez has won the hearts of critics and fans on CW’s “Jane The Virgin,” and the actress now wants to “give her blessings away.”

The Chicago-born star with Puerto Rican roots will be hosting a "NUVO Point of View: The Emerging Latino Filmmakers" on Thursday at 8 p.m. In an exclusive clip given to The Huffington Post, Rodriguez spoke about why she is honored to host the special, her views on playing a virgin on tv and more.

The NUVOtv 3-hour special will showcase the top Latino screenwriters, producers, and directors chosen from more than 200 submissions. On the topic of presenting Latino films to a nationwide audience, the star said it was especially important when the stories don’t concern Latino issues.

“It was definitely to me, an expression of how Latinos are not limited by their culture, that we speak multiple languages not just Spanish, but the language of the American culture.” Rodriguez said. “What we end up realizing with something like NUVO Point of View is that we have those stories that are universal. Because they are, because we’re human at the end of the day and I’m so honored to be a part of it, because I’m a product of it.”

Intimate profiles of the filmmakers will be presented during the NUVOtv special that will feature four original shorts and a feature. The film jury will be composed of Gregory Nava, Frida Torresblanco and Michael Olmos.

The actress landed her first big role in the indie film “Filly Brown,” though she has recently found success on the small screen as the protagonist in “Jane The Virgin.” While talking about the success of the new series, Rodriguez was asked about whether she believed there was a sort of stigma about being 23 and a virgin when the national average is significantly lower.

“What I do love is that we have this girl who is not afraid of this choice that she’s made and doesn’t think she’s uncool,” Rodriguez responded. “And she’s not uncool and she’s got fine men chasing her and there’s a power in that. In the idea that it’s like ‘I know my worth.’ And I think that’s a beautiful thing to portray on television. We’re bombarded by images that are not like that.”

Take a look at the interview exclusive clip above and you can catch NUVO Point of View tonight at 8 p.m. ET.

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