On 13 July 2021, Television Academy announced the nominations for the 2021 Emmy awards. And for the first time in history Television Academy had nominated a transgender person for a major acting category. MJ Rodriguez, a trans woman, was nominated as the lead actress in the drama category for her role in a cultural period drama called Pose.

Read everything you need to know about the trailblazer actress and her achievements. Find out about MJ Rodriguez before surgery, about her transition, and also about her boyfriend Stephen and parents.

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Mj Rodriguez Before Surgery: What Did She Look Like As A Boy?

MJ Rodriguez was born as a male but she had the desire to be female from a very early age. At the age of 7, she had started to pray to become a female. MJ had mentioned that for a while during her early teens she was in denial about her gender. When she was 14, she came out to her parents as bisexual/gay.

It was only when MJ started to be involved in the ballroom scene at the age of 14, that she really started to embrace her transgender identity. Eventually, in 2012, she took a hiatus and started her transition process. She began her hormone replacement therapy in 2016.


MJ Rodriguez Before Surgery (PC: Getty Images)

MJ’s parents were also important in giving her strength as a transwoman. While most of the parents in American society seemed unable to accept their transgender children, MJ’s parents were always supportive. In fact, she still lived with her parents in her hometown of Newark, New Jersey.

MJ’s full name was Michaela Antonia Jae Rodriguez. She adopted the shortened name MJ as an homage to Mary Jane from spiderman comics. MJ was herself a huge comic book nerd.

Her Age, Birthday

MJ Rodriguez was born on 7 January 1991. And thus as of the publication of this article, i.e. 15 July 2021, she was 30 years of age. And since her birthday falls on the 7th of January, her zodiac sign was Capricorn.

Mj Rodriguez Parents

MJ Rodriguez was born in a mixed-ethnicity family. Her father was a Hispanic man with Puerto Rican roots and her mother was of African American descent. We do not know the names of her parents. However, both of her parents were very supportive people. Her mother was her greatest cheerleader and her father was also an important person in her life.

She had watched the 2005 movie adaptation of Rent with her father. She eventually went on to appear on the Off-Broadway production of Rent. Her father played a key role in her development as an actress. Sadly, we do not know the names of her parents.

Apart from her parents, MJ’s other family members include sisters (could be house sisters) Rosalyn Mai, Shanta Khan Cuevas, Sheryll Javier, Bianelys Javier; cousins Gregory Holmes, Ivorri Renee; and uncles Terrance L. Kennedy and Jesus Sho-Sho Rodriguez.

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Mj Rodriguez Height

MJ Rodriguez is a tall woman standing at a height of 5 ft 8 inches. And she weighed about 58 kgs. Furthermore, her eye color was black and so was her hair color.

Her Instagram, Facebook

Until July 2021, MJ Rodriguez had a massive following on social media. On her Instagram @mjrodriguez7, she had over 1.1M followers. Similarly, on her Twitter account @MJRodriguez7, she had 174.4k followers.

We could not find MJ on Facebook but there was a fan page called MJ Rodriguez, which had 211k followers. And now, after her Emmy nomination, her social media following was bound to increase significantly.

Mj Rodriguez Net Worth

By 2021, MJ Rodriguez had earned a massive net worth of about $1.5 million.

MJ started her professional acting career in 2011 with an Off-Broadway production of Rent at New World Stages in New York City. She started her screen career as Lonna on Nurse Jackie, which aired in 2012. Her film debut happened in 2017 in a movie called Saturday Church, in which she played the role of Bertha.

MJ’s other TV acting credits include The Whitlock Academy (2015), Pose (2018-2021), and the most recent Hot White Heist (2021). For her performance of Blanca Rodriguez in the FX drama series Pose, she was nominated for outstanding actress in the drama category on the 2021 Emmy awards. She was the first transgender person to be nominated in the major acting category in Emmy history.

MJ was also equally involved in theatre. Her most important theatre performances came with three American Repertory Theatre productions called Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women; Burn All Night; Extraordinary: A Celebration of Musical Theatre at A.R.T.

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Who Is Mj Rodriguez Boyfriend Stephen?

In 2021, MJ Rodriguez was still dating her boyfriend Stephen. So, what do we know about Stephen? The most important thing we know is that he was very supportive of MJ. When MJ’s Emmy nomination was announced, she was in France, attending Cannes Film Festival, with her family and her boyfriend.

There seemed to have occurred some sort of impromptu celebrations. MJ Rodriguez released a video on her Instagram which captured the moment. And in that video, one can see not only MJ and her mother being really ecstatic but also her partner, Stephen who could be heard (but not seen) cheering MJ.

Apart from that, there was evidence throughout MJ’s IG where one can see that she was happy with Stephen. There were a lot of Valentine’s day messages, celebrations of International boyfriend’s day, and mentions of him making “a girl feel real butterflies!”


MJ Rodriguez and her boyfriend Stephen celebrating Valentine’s day circa 14 February 2021 (PC: MJ’s IG)

MJ met her partner, Stephen in early 2020 and they seemed to be dating since at least February 2020. Not much was known about MJ’s boyfriend except that he works in the show business too. It was possible that Stephen is a writer and he is working on a screenplay at the moment.

It must be their common connection to the industry that brought MJ and Stephen together.

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