The minute Gina Rodriguez, star of Jane the Virgin, finished that 2015 Golden Globes speech after winning the statue for best actress in a comedy series, she was named the “next big thing” in Hollywood. The Puerto Rican beauty is talented, beautiful, and so funny, but what captured our hearts was her shining smile, infectious charm, and delightful attitude, not to mention incredible self-awareness. She often credits her parents and intense work ethic for making her childhood dreams come true and often gives advice to fans on how to do it too. She is not shy when it comes to discussing her upbringing and the industry’s portrayal of Latinos on TV and in movies, saying in an interview with Cosmopolitan, “Acting is how I’ll be able to change how Latinos are viewed in media and change how little girls see and talk about themselves.” But it doesn’t end there – Gina is a fountain of inspiring words. Keep reading to get just a few empowering quotes that will make you love her even more, then find out what she said was the best advice she ever got.