On Tuesday July 13th, Mj Rodriguez made history with her role in “Pose” at the Emmy Awards. She was the first transgender woman to win the Best Actress Award.

Rodriguez became the second person from her critically acclaimed show to win an Emmy for her role. In 2019 her “Pose” co-star Billy Porter won in the category “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series”.

The 30-year-old star had her big break in 2018 when she played Blanca Rodriguez-Evangelista in the LGBTQ + drama Pose. The famous series received eight nominations at the 2021 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series and Leading Actors.


Who is Mj Rodriguez?

Michaela Antonia Jaé Rodriguez, born on January 7, 1991, comes from Newark (New Jersey).

In an interview with Windy City Times, MJ mentioned that she attended the Queen of Angels Catholic School. Meanwhile, in her interview with Dr. drama, the theater star stated that she also went to NJPAC [New Jersey Performing Arts Center] at 11.

The actress and singer is also known for her performance in the 2011 off-Broadway drama recap of the famous rock musical “RENT”. She got the role at the age of 18 in NJPAC.

MJ played a young drag queen with AIDS, Angel Dumott Schunard, who earned her the Clive Barnes Award in 2011. MJ, who was 21 at the time, got mixed reception when he played Angel on Stage 1 of the New World Stages in New York.

In one (n Interview with Playbill, MJ Rodriguez also mentioned that she started switching to a woman in 2012 after “RENT” closed. She paused when she started her hormone replacement therapy.

After her transition, she auditioned for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical Hamilton for the role of a cis-sex woman, Peggy Schuyler / Maria Reynolds. After her audition, she found work with productions like “Runaways (2016).”

In addition, MJ Rodriguez also appeared in dramas such as “Street Children” by Pia Skala-Zankel and musicals such as “Burn All Night”.

MJ Rodriguez in Nurse Jackie. (Image via: Showtime)
MJ Rodriguez in Nurse Jackie. (Image via: Showtime)

In 2012, MJ Rodriguez made her acting debut on television. She played a character named Lonna in Nurse Jackie. This one-off appearance was followed by others in “The Carrie Diaries (2013)” and “The Whitlock Academy (2015).”

The most notable role of the actress is Blanca Rodriguez in pose. She portrays Blanca, a young trans woman with AIDS who takes in some queer teenagers whose families she rejects.

MJ Rodriguez’s win at the 2021 Emmy will prove to be a beacon of inspiration for the entire LGBTQ + community.

Edited by Sijo Samuel Paul