WATCH: Gina Rodriguez Delivers Touching Speech To Rita Moreno At Kennedy Center Honors
“Rita, this is my love letter to you.”
The Jane the Virgin star opened the night with a beautifully touching (and tearful) speech directed at Moreno. She talked about how her mother introduced her to Moreno’s work when she was young, and recalled asking her why there weren’t more actresses on TV that looked like her.
These days, Moreno, who was honored alongside George Lucas, Carole King, Cicely Tyson and Seiji Ozawa at Tuesday night’s event, plays Rodriguez’s paternal grandmother on Jane the Virgin.