Pose's MJ Rodriguez


Singer, actress, activist, and now Emmy nominee Micheala Jae played Blanca on the groundbreaking FX series Pose. The show was nominated for a myriad of awards and MJ herself won the 2019 Imagen Award for Best Actress in Television and was nominated for a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series & an MTV Movie + TV Award in the category of Breakthrough Performance as well nominations for 2 Gold Derby Awards for Drama Actress and Breakthrough Performance. The show has proved an invaluable education for many generations of the LGBTQ community. MJ was recently cast as the lead in the upcoming Apple TV+ series LOOT, alongside Maya Rudolph – can’t wait for that duo. 

As a singer, Michaela Jae recently released her debut single, “Something to Say”. with sounds from Disco, R&B, and Funk Tinged Pop, it is an immediate anthem that has Michaela calling people to step into their truth and let their voices be heard. This is her story, in her voice. Previous singing includes roles in Off-Broadway debut in New World Stages production of RENT as Angel, before continuing onto New York City Center to star in Encores! production of Runaways. She also starred as Audrey in the Pasadena Playhouse’s production of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. If you haven’t watched the clip of Suddenly Seymour from her performance on the Late Late Show with James Corden, you have to! She reinvented the role for a new generation.

On this episode, we chat with Micheala Jae about getting into ballroom at 14, growing up in a multicultural household, how Pose has changed her life, memories from RENT and Little Shop of Horrors, her fans, comic books, and her new music…with host Alexander Rodriguez. 

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