‘Pose’ star Mj Rodriguez wants to play a certain Marvel hero
Michaela Antonia Jaé Rodriguez, better known as Mj, modeled her nickname after iconic “Spider-Man” character Mary Jane “MJ” Watson.
But another Marvel hero comes to mind when the “Pose” actor considers who she would best portray in the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Appearing on Monday on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” Rodriguez revealed his dream role in the MCU: highly skilled assassin and skilled martial artist Elektra Natchios, featured in the Marvel comics as a love interest in Daredevil.
“I feel like I am like him. I feel like I embody it. I feel like I have the same kind of personality as she does too – just a little bit, because she’s kind of a badass, if I may say so, ”Rodriguez told Colbert.
“Elektra is a dope warrior, strong and fierce, and I would love to play with her someday. And I think I would do him justice.
Created by French actor Elodie Yung in the MCU series ‘Daredevil’ on Netflix, Elektra has yet to make its MCU debut on the big screen or Disney +, where most of Marvel’s upcoming adaptations are expected to land (cc: Disney executives Bob Chapek and Bob Iger).
Asked by Colbert if she has the martial arts experience necessary to accurately wield Elektra’s Sai Twin Knives, Rodriguez said she was up to the challenge.
“I do [know martial arts], “she said.” I actually did karate when I was a kid, so yeah. “
A longtime comic book enthusiast, Rodriguez is writing and illustrating her own superhero origin story. While she has yet to decide on a name for her character, Rodriguez has presented some sketches of the series and confirmed that she has 26 pages completed so far.
“She’s a lot like me, and she’s just that misunderstood girl in the world,” Rodriguez said. “She has a lot of things, obviously, that are against her, but she beats all the odds. … I’m almost done with the second draft, so I’m really happy with it.
Of course, Colbert and Rodriguez also discussed the third and final season of “Pose,” which airs on FX. Rodriguez became emotional as she reflected on her time playing selfless matriarch Blanca in Steven Canals’ period drama on the LGBTQ ballroom stage in New York City.
“It’s bittersweet. It’s sentimental, ”Rodriguez said of the end of the show. “I literally had a breakdown yesterday. … I cried with the towel in my bathroom, and I just lost what Blanca meant and what she meant to me.
“I had no idea she was really going to impact me that way, so it’s kinda crazy how it ends. But I love the way we finished, and it couldn’t have ended better, so I’m really happy with what we did.
The next episode of “Pose” airs Sunday on FX. Watch Colbert’s full conversation with Rodriguez here.