Deepwater Horizon - Premiere: Gina Rodriguez
Deepwater Horizon - Star Gina Rodriguez at the Orpheum Theater Premiere in New Orleans, Monday September 19th 2016 ©2016 Lionsgate, photo by Eric Charbonneau

Deepwater Horizon star Gina Rodriguez tells how this distaster movie will give you an appreciation of life.

Gina’s role of Andrea Fleytas in an intriguing departure for the CW’s Jane The Virgin star.

Gina’s 23 year-old rig worker

The movie Deepwater Horizon tells the real life story of the oil rig explosion. After this Mike Williams (Mark Wahlber) aligns himself closely with Gina’s 23 year-old rig worker. He then finds himself trapped on the fire-choked rig with her and no easy escape.

Fleytas was the Deputy Dynamic Positioning Officer. She had the vital responsibility of maintaining the floating rig’s position directly over the well using propellers and thrusters. To learn more about Fleytas’s job, Gina had to go to school!

Gina tells how, “Pete [Berg, the director] was all about being as authentic as possible.” So she “did my own research and went to dynamic positioning officer training in Houston. It was quite the experience.”

Deepwater Horizon – Andrea Fleytas (Gina Rodriguez) ©2016 Lionsgate

Emotional challenges

Gina found the emotional challenges were greater to her than the physical ones. “I’m definitely an adrenaline junkie,” Gina confessed. “For me the challenge was to be as true to the character I could”. She added that she had to be “as careful and fragile with her as I could, because she deserves that.”

Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura told how, “Gina also captures what it’s like to be a 23 year old woman in the middle of a crazy, ultimately catastrophic situation.”

Follow star Mark Wahlberg, was also impressed. “Gina is a tough Chicago girl who really dove in there and wasn’t afraid to get dirty with the rest of us. My character has to get a bit tough with her but when I tried to apologize, she would say, ‘No keep going further.’ She’s a real gamer.”

Gina said of Mark that she had “learned a lot from him. It was such a wonderful experience to see what a beautiful, genuine, hardworking, big-hearted person he is.”

Deepwater Horizon opens on September 30th 2016.

Deepwater Horizon Gina Rodriguez, Videobyte

Deepwater Horizon – Poster: Andrea Fleytas (Gina Rodriguez) ©2016 Lionsgate