The Jane the Virgin star recently told PEOPLE that she's regularly told that she's not skinny enough or tall enough or even ethnic enough.
"As a woman in this industry, we are constantly being pressured to look a certain way and to get our hair and nails and makeup done and live up to these images that aren’t conducive to a healthy mind. But I have to remember that this is a game. And if the game says I should be looking like this, then I just don't play that role. And that's okay."
It's easy to fall for those lies, but thanks to her parents, Gina's healthy and positive outlook is downright infectious.
"My mom is so beautiful and never wears any makeup. She would say, 'You want a man to love you for who you are, not what you look like or what you're covered up by.' My parents really encouraged us to have confidence in who we are and accept who we are because it is not going to change and we are beautiful."
This is definitely part of the reason that Jane the Virgin is one of my favorite shows this season. Gina is such a real, down-to-earth actress and that really comes through in the character of Jane, despite the out-of-this-world premise of the show. It's so encouraging when you see celebrities being such good role models for today's young people (does that make me sound incredibly old??), especially when there are some famous folks who tend to shy away from that role.