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Golden Globes: Gina Rodriguez brushes off America Ferrera mix-up

Golden Globes: Gina Rodriguez brushes off America Ferrera mix-up
Golden Globe Awards announcer America Ferrera, right, was repeatedly mistaken for nominee Gina Rodriguez, left, on the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.'s Twitter account during the unveiling of the Golden Globe nominees on Thursday. (Left: Al Seib /Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times. Right: Left: Valerie Macon /AFP/Getty Images)

A lot was going on Thursday morning during the Golden Globe nominations announcement: It was early, writers were on deadline and the livestream blacked out just as the big reveal began.

The pre-dawn affair yielded one highly viral storyline, however. Announcer and "Ugly Betty" alum America Ferrera was repeatedly misidentified on the Golden Globes' official Twitter account as fellow Latina actress and "Jane the Virgin" star Gina Rodriguez.

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"The @goldenglobes noms are about to start! @HereIsGina @ChloeGMoretz @ImAngelaBassett #DennisQuad #GoldenGlobes," said one tweet that included a photo of the celebrity announcers.

@HereIsGina is obviously not @AmericaFerrera. The tweet was later deleted, but not before screengrabs made the flub indelible online and much digital ink was spilled about it.

Indeed, the two actresses have a lot in common. They're both Latina, 31 years old and have or had leading roles in telenovela-style network comedies. And they're both Golden Globe winners. But that doesn't mean they're interchangeable, and many writers and Twitter users took to their keyboards to make that very clear.

While Rodriguez, who earned her Golden Globe last year for her turn as the titular Jane (the accidentally artificially inseminated virgin), was doing the media rounds after she and the CW show were nominated, she told Entertainment Tonight that she had brushed off the flub, and then went on to build up the "Superstore" star.

"I didn't hear anything until recently someone sent me an article, but who cares?" Rodriguez said. "America's lovely. She's so beautiful and such a fantastic actress. If there's anybody I want to get mixed up with, it's her for sure! To me, it's like, whatever. We always make mix-ups in life."

Still, the HFPA issued a mea culpa.

"What occurred this morning was an unfortunate error," the agency said in a statement to ET. "Our sincerest apologies to America and Gina."

Ferrera has not yet addressed the mix-up.

Follow me on Twitter @NardineSaad.

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