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Gina Rodriguez Gave An Amazing Awards Speech On Family And Giving

"What if we lived in a world where booking a show and getting a Golden Globe was just an excuse to do good for others?"

Posted on February 27, 2016, at 2:41 p.m. ET

Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez gave a moving speech about her family on Friday when she received the young humanitarian award at Variety’s Unite4:Humanity event.

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Rodriguez was recognized for her work in the We Will Foundation, an organization she founded to support young women in the arts.

When she arrived on stage, Rodriguez was already in tears.

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Rodriguez, a Chicago native, talked about how her parents worked hard to provide a good life for her and her two sisters.

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Rodriguez recalled growing up inspired by her father’s involvement with labor unions as a teamster, and how her mother often sacrificed personal luxuries to take care of extended family.

She credited them with instilling in her a desire to give back to the community.

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“They taught me that being good was a standard that doesn’t need praise or recognition,” she said. “That the more you help others succeed, you, too, will succeed.”

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Finally, she dedicated her award to her parents.

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“Good is the food that I give my heart, and I thank my mom and dad for giving me that,” she said.

Rodriguez was the first CW actor to win a Golden Globe last year, and has made several powerful speeches about Latina identity and representation in Hollywood.

You go, Gina.

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