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EXCLUSIVE: Gina Rodriguez's Heartwarming Story of How She Became the Star of 'Jane the Virgin'!

by Leanne Aguilera 9:30 AM PDT, September 28, 2015
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Gina Rodriguez's Heartwarming Story of How She Became the Star of 'Jane the Virgin'!

By now, you should all know Gina Rodriguez.

The dynamic 31-year-old actress stole our hearts in season one of Jane the Virgin and inspired the world to follow our dreams with her incomparable Golden Globes acceptance speech.

But do you know how Rodriguez stepped into stardom as Jane Villanueva in the smash CW dramedy? ETonline has your sneak peek at the DVD and Blu-ray bonus footage from Jane the Virgin: The Complete First Season and we’ve got the exclusive look at how Gina became Jane.

WATCH: Gina Rodriguez Gushes Over Britney Spears' Role on 'Jane the Virgin'

"I was looking for someone that you would feel is both hopelessly romantic underneath it all but also relentlessly pragmatic," Executive producer Jennie Snyder Urman explained of the casting criteria for Jane.

"And what we found with Gina was someone who just made it better than what I had in my head. She was the third person that walked in and her performance in the pilot is what she auditioned with," Urman said.

Press play on our video above to hear Rodriguez's thoughts on auditioning for the leading role of Jane and pick up Jane the Virgin: The Complete First Season on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

Season two of Jane the Virgin premieres Monday, Oct. 12 on The CW.

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