Gina Rodriguez won Best Actress in a TV Comedy at Sunday’s 2015 Golden Globes for her role in The CW’s Jane the Virgin.
Defeating Lena Dunham, Edie Falco, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Taylor Schilling, the honor marks a first-ever win for both the actress and The CW network.
The 30-year-old Puerto Rican Chicago native thanked showrunner Jennie Urman “for making me her Jane.”
She went on to say, “This award is so much more than myself. It represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes.”
“My dad used to tell me to wake up each day and say, ‘I can and I will,'” she continued. “Well, dad, today’s a great day. I can and I did.”
Debuting on October 13, 2014, Jane The Virgin is a loose adaptation of the Venezuelan telenovela Juana la Virgen created by Perla Farías.
The Miami-set series centers on Jane Villanueva, “a hard-working, religious young Latina woman whose family tradition and a vow to save her virginity until her marriage to a detective is shattered when a doctor mistakenly artificially inseminates her during a checkup.”
The show, which has been renewed for a second season, was nominated for a 2015 Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy.