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Mj Rodriguez Sets Record By Becoming 1st Transgender Actress To Bag A Golden Globe

Michaela Antonia Jaé Rodriguez popularly known as Mj Rodriguez is an American actress and singer who became the first transgender actor to win a Golden Globe Award on 9th Jan 2022.

She won the award for Best Actress in a TV drama category for her performance in the FX show “Pose” as housemother and nurse Blanca.

We will cover all details pertaining to Mj Rodriguez – her life, career, work, achievements, and more in our article today. Read on!

Mj Rodriguez: Every bit of her you need to know

Mj Rodriguez Early Life

Mj Rodriguez was born in the year 1991 in Newark, New Jersey. She joined the Queen of Angels Catholic School, however, her ambition was to become an actress. She joined the New Jersey Performing Arts Center at the age of 11.

She completed her graduation from Newark Arts High School. She joined Berklee College of Music and received the 2009 Star-Ledger and Young Arts first-level scholarship.

Acting & Singing Career

Rodriguez was offered a role in the off-Broadway production “Rent” after her successful audition and acted alongside stage actor Annaleigh Ashford. She received the 2011 Clive Barnes Award for her performance.

After completion of the gender transitioning process, she reemerged to begin a new chapter of her life as a female actress. Rodriguez featured in television series like Nurse Jackie, The Carrie Diaries, and Luke Cage for four years from 2012 to 2016.

She first appeared as both a transgender actress and character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe “Sister Boy” in a non-speaking role.

Rodriguez posted a video on the social media giant, Facebook where she was seen singing the Broadway musical Hamilton’s “Satisfied”. The video was well-received by users on social media and she got an invitation to audition for the role of Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds in Hamilton.

She then featured in many additional stage productions like Encores!, Street Children by Pia Skala-Zankel, The Women at the Loeb Drama Center, and the world premiere of the synth-pop musical “Burn All Night”.

Rodriguez released her debut single “Something to Say” on 4th June 2021 which will serve as the lead single for her upcoming debut EP.

Achievements & Accolades

Below is the list of awards she won and nominated for her work in her professional career spanning more than a decade.


Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2011 Clive Barnes Award N/A Rent Won
2019 Dorian Awards TV Musical Performance of the Year Performing “Home” Won
2019 Imagen Awards Best Actress Pose Won
2021 HCA TV Awards Best Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama Pose Won
2022 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Pose Won



Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2017 Tribeca Film Festival Best Actress Saturday Church Nominated
2019 Gold Derby TV Awards Best Drama Actress Pose Nominated
2019 Gold Derby TV Awards Best Ensemble Pose Nominated
2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Breakthrough Performance Pose Nominated
2020 Critics’ Choice Television Award Best Actress in a Drama Series Pose Nominated
2020 Dorian Awards TV Performance of the Year — Actress Pose Nominated
2021 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Pose Nominated
2021 TCA Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Pose Nominated


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Archana Kabra
Archana Kabra is a Freelance Writer and has been extensively writing stuff related to Entertainment, Lifestyle, and Technology. She is also an ardent music lover. Twitter handle: @archana153sarda


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