Zetna Fuentes, Gina Rodriguez
Gina Rodriguez highlights the magnificent work of Puerto Rican director Zetna Fuentes and why she's an empowering woman. Instagram/@HereIsGina

Gina Rodriguez kicked off 2016 with a social media campaign called "Movement Mondays" with the desire to see more Latinos in film. As of now, the 31-year-old Chicago-based actress from Puerto Rico, has brought to the spotlight Guatemalan actor Oscar Isaac, Cuban-American actress Rosa Salazar, and Mexican director Robert Rodriguez, amongst others. This week, Rodriguez presents to us Puerto Rican film director Zetna Fuentes, a woman she calls empowering for many reasons.

"This is Zetna Fuentes. She is a Puerto Rican Director born and raised in Bronx, New York. This post is very special to me as I am in absolute awe of Zetna. She has directed Jane the Virgin several times and is just one the most pleasant, level headed and focused directors I have ever worked with," Gina expressed on Instagram of the "strong, fierce woman of color" who is paving the way for others. "Her credits include a plethora of hit shows including: 'How to Get Away with Murder,' 'Pretty Little Liars,' 'Switched at Birth,' 'iZombie' and the list goes on," she added.

"I have highlighted many artists of color in front of the camera but it is so encouraging to know we exist behind the camera. Zetna, is contributing to the list of heavy hitter television directors and using her platform to include more actors of color in the projects she works on and for that I am grateful!," she continued. "Today, I celebrate you Zetna, your story encourages women of all cultures to follow their dream to use art as a means of change!"

Fuentes, who began her trajectory directing theater in New York working on many off-Broadway productions, also has credits popular shows such as “Scandal,” “Zoo,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and multiple episodes of “Jane the Virgin,” “Forever,” and "The Fosters." She will next be directing “Madam Secretary” on CBS.

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