The 2021 Emmy nominations are out, and Mj Rodriguez has made history as the first-ever openly trans woman to be nominated in a Best Actress category.
Rodriguez was nominated for Lead Actress in the drama category, for her role as Blanca Rodriguez-Evangelista on the hit series, “Pose.” She will face off against fellow thespians Uzo Aduba (“In Treatment”), Olivia Colman and Emma Corrin (“The Crown”), Elizabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), and Jurnee Smollett (“Lovecraft County”).
Fellow “Pose” star Billy Porter also received an Emmy nod in the Lead Actor category, and “Pose” has been nominated for Best Drama Series.
“Pose” writer, director, and producer Janet Mock took to Twitter to congratulate Rodriguez on her nomination. “MJ MOTHAF*CKING RODRIGUEZ!!!!! Three seasons of carrying a drama series on her slender yet mighty shoulders,” she wrote. “Bask, sis. BAAAAASK!”
MJ MOTHAFUCKING RODRIGUEZ!!!!!
Three seasons carrying a drama series on her slender yet mighty shoulders.
— Janet Mock (@janetmock) July 13, 2021
The ground-breaking drama, which chronicled the underground drag and ballroom culture of New York City in the 1980s and 1990s and which featured a diverse cast of Black, Latinx, and LGBTQ+ performers, concluded its three-season run on June 6th.
Congratulations have been pouring in on Twitter for Rodriguez, Porter, and “Pose.”
OVER HERE CRYING & silently cheering in my office so everyone doesn’t think I am bonkers for @MjRodriguez7 @theebillyporter @PoseOnFX Emmy Nominations!! @StevenCanals your nomination!💝 @janetmock & Our Lady J. AND @barryleemoe YOU & your amazing team DID THIS! #EmmyNoms #PoseFX pic.twitter.com/6dohQ7V9Z2
— 🍁❄Jessica☕🎃 (@sweetpjess) July 13, 2021
I’m so happy for MJ Rodriguez and Billy Porter’s #Emmy nominations for #Pose. They both deserve and MJ is loooong overdue for all the things. I’m in tears like they my family or I got nominated 😂😭💜. #PoseFX
— Eric Darnell Pritchard (@EricDarnell) July 13, 2021
“Pose” previously won a Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Drama for its first season. The same year, Porter became the first openly LGBTQ+ actor to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.