Two years ago at the CW upfront, along with the slew of superheroes, the CW introduced a quirky dramedy about a 20-something Latina virgin who becomes pregnant after getting accidentally artificially inseminated. The series, based on a Venezuelan telenovela, became an instant critical darling, with its breakout star, Gina Rodriguez, winning a Golden Globe in 2015.
Rodriguez compared Jane’s potential to reach young female viewers to the connection she felt when watching little Rudy on The Cosby Show, a character she identified with when growing up. “I know there’s controversy, but let’s just think about the show itself — I was seeing a family of darker skin that were successful. They had a really strong family foundation, they were talking about issues without having a judgment one way or another — that was so relatable to me.”
Urman and Rodriguez also touched upon Jane drawing on Latin American magical realism tradition, which has had Jane appear in different worlds, including as a 1920s silent movie star. “I’m the comedic Orphan Black,” the actress quipped.
As for spoilers, Urman hinted about how long Jane will hold onto her innocence, which would prompt a tweak in the title, and Rodriguez did some rapping, a skill that the actress showcased in her breakout Filly Brown feature role. Watch highlights of my conversation with them above.