Jane the Virgin

Jane the Virgin Information

Jane the Virgin is an American serial comedy-drama television series airing on The CW during the 2014-2015 season. The series was officially picked up on May 8, 2014. It is a loose adaptation of the Venezuelan telenovela Juana la Virgen created by Perla Faras. The series airs Mondays at 9:00 pm (Eastern).


Set in Miami, the series details the surprising and unforeseen events that take place in the life of Jane Villanueva, a hard-working, religious young Latina woman whose family tradition and a vow to save her virginity until her marriage to a detective is shattered when a doctor mistakenly artificially inseminates her during a checkup. And to make matters worse, the biological donor is a married man, a former playboy and cancer survivor who is not only the new owner of the hotel where Jane works, but was also her former teenage crush.


Main cast

  • Gina Rodriguez as Jane Gloriana Villanueva, a 23-year-old religious young Latina woman who becomes pregnant after being artificially inseminated by mistake. After meeting Rafael and hearing his situation, she agrees to carry the baby full term and turn over custody to him and his wife Petra, but only if she is sure her baby will be safe and loved with them.
  • Andrea Navedo as Xiomara "Xo" Villanueva, Jane's outgoing mother. She had Jane when she was 16 as a result of a one-night stand, which is why Jane would rather keep her virginity until marriage than make the mistake her mother did.
  • Yael Grobglas as Petra (Natalia) Solano, Rafael's scheming wife and a member of a shady Czech crime family who got married to Rafael in order to steal his wealth, though over time she did fall in love with him. She is one of several antagonists in the series.
  • Justin Baldoni as Rafael Solano, the hotel owner and the biological father of Jane's unborn child who has fallen out of love with his wife. As the series progresses, he develops growing feelings for Jane, and plans to divorce Petra after discovering her affair.
  • Ivonne Coll as Alba Gloriana Villanueva, Jane's pious grandmother. She is highly religious, and encourages Jane to save herself for marriage. She never speaks English due to her determination to hold onto her Hispanic roots, although it is strongly implied that she does understand English. She is also in the country illegally.
  • Brett Dier as Michael Cordero, Jr., Jane's detective ex. He is aware of Petra's affair, and possibly her criminal connections, and blackmailed her to ensure that her marriage remains intact, so that Jane will give the baby to them. He also dislikes Rafael due to Jane's, and eventually Rafael's, mutual attraction.
  • Jaime Camil as Rogelio de la Vega, famous telenovela star and Jane's biological father. The father currently is trying to gain a relationship with his daughter. He also has feelings for Xiomara. His ex-wife is after Xiomara and Jane, so she can take him back. Along with his two step daughters, they try to stop her.

Recurring cast

  • Anthony Mendez (voice over) as the Latin Lover Narrator. Third-person omniscient.
  • Yara Martinez as Dr. Luisa Alver, Rafael's recovering alcoholic sister, and the doctor who accidentally artificially inseminated Jane.
  • Michael Rady as Lachlan, Rafael's rival and Petra's former fianc.
  • Bridget Regan as Rose, a former lawyer, former girlfriend, and stepmother of Luisa and Rafael who defends Luisa against the malpractice suit.
  • Diane Guerrero as Lina, Jane's best friend and co-worker. She is dating Michael's brother, Billy.
  • Azie Tesfai as Detective Nadine Hansan, a police detective and rival to Michael.
  • Camille Collard as Frankie, Jane's co-worker and friend.
  • Brian Dare as Luca, Jane's co-worker and friend.
  • Ryan Devlin as Billy, Michael's antagonistic and criminal brother.
  • Priscilla Barnes as Magda, Petra's mother. She is a plastic surgery addict and tarot reader as well as Petra's co-conspirator in the family's plot to steal Rafael's hotel and wealth.
  • Alano Miller as Roman Zazo, Rafael's late best friend and Petra's lover. He is murdered in the hotel, causing tension for everyone, including Petra and Rafael.

Development and production

On June 27, 2013 American television network The CW announced that it was planning to release a new show based on the Venezuelan soap opera Juana La Virgen. On February 23, 2014, Entertainment Weekly announced that Rodriguez would play the title role of Jane Villanueva. On May 8, 2014 during The CW's 2014-2015 upfronts the series was officially picked up. On July 18, 2014 an extended trailer was released by The CW. On August 8, 2014 it was announced that White Collars Bridget Regan and Azie Tesfai would join the series as respectively Rose, a former lawyer, and Detective Nadine Hansan, a police detective and rival to Dier's character. On August 10, 2014 TVLine announced that Melrose Place and Emily Owens M.D. actor Michael Rady would join the series as Lachlan. Filming for season one commenced on July 28, 2014. The show is filmed on soundstages in Los Angeles, California.


Jane the Virgin premiered on The CW on October 13, 2014 during the 2014-15 television season. The show is scheduled to air in Australia on Fox8 in December and in the UK on E4 in 2015.

Sony Channel will broadcast the show throughout Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand as replacements of Sony Entertainment Television in Southeast Asia (including BeTV in the Philippines).


Jane the Virgin has received critical acclaim. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gives the first season of the show a "certified fresh" rating of 100% based on 38 reviews, with a rating average of 7.5 out of 10. The site's consensus states, "Jane the Virgin dubious premise has become part of its unlikely charm - along with delightfully diverse writing and a knockout performance by Gina Rodriguez." Metacritic, another review aggregator, gives the show a score of 80 out of 100, based on 22 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".


Year Award Category Recipients Outcome
2014 People's Choice Awards Favorite New TV Comedy Jane The Virgin
America Film Institute Awards AFI Television Program Of The Year Jane The Virgin
2015 Golden Globe Awards Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy Jane The Virgin
Best Actress - Television Series Musical or Comedy Gina Rodriguez


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(in millions)
Viewers = 1.61 ShortSummary = Jane, a romantic student who has decided to save herself for marriage, finds her life turned upside down when she is artificially inseminated by accident. Jane is caught between her boyfriend Michael, who has no desire to raise another man's child, and Rafael, the owner of the sperm, whose battle with cancer means this is his only chance for a biological child. Petra, Rafael's wife, also wants the baby - but only to prolong her failing marriage while the pre-nuptual is still in effect. Meanwhile, Jane's mother, Xiomara, and grandmother have their own opinions about what Jane should do, influenced by Xiomara's unplanned pregnancy with Jane at a young age. LineColor = 82CAFA }}

Viewers = 1.36 ShortSummary = Jane doubts her decision when she stumbles upon Rafael's bad-boy past. Michael discovers that he and Petra have mutual interests, which puts him in a difficult position professionally. Xiomara pressures Jane to sue Dr. Alver, who turns to a surprising source for support. Rafael has no sympathy for his sister, until he realizes what a lawsuit against her could mean for him. Xiomara struggles with the decision to tell Jane about her father. LineColor = 82CAFA }}

Viewers = 1.09 ShortSummary = Jane contemplates a major decision regarding her and Michael's relationship, eliciting contradictory advice from her mother and grandmother. Petra pressures Michael, and when Jane accidentally witnesses one of their furtive meetings, she and Michael fight. Jane gets to know Rafael better, with unintended emotional results. Xiomara continues to stall Rogelio, who, getting impatient, takes action of his own. LineColor = 82CAFA }}

Viewers = 1.01 ShortSummary = Jane fights her growing feelings for Rafael, which gives both her and Michael second thoughts about their impending wedding. Michael continues trying to prevent Petra's arrest. Rafael's father doubts his son's ability to run the hotel. Meanwhile, Luisa has disappeared. Rogelio ensures that his and Jane's paths cross several more times. LineColor = 82CAFA }}

Viewers = 1.22 ShortSummary = Having learned the truth about her biological father, Jane is still angry at Xo for keeping it a secret. As a result, Jane moves in with her fiancee Michael in order to sort out her feelings. Jane decides to meet Rogelio at the studio for the first time, but he is not the type of person she had expected him to be. Meanwhile, Rafael wants to divorce Petra after figuring out about her tryst with Zazo. Petra's mother persuades her to take an alternate approach in order to aquire the hotel and Rafael's money. Another hotel employee is found murdered and Michael confides in Rafael about the police investigation into the hotel's finances and about Zaza's underworld connections. Also, Michael's career criminal brother arrives in town and Michael does his best to keep it to himself. LineColor = 82CAFA }}

Viewers = 1.09 ShortSummary = Alienated with Michael and Rafael keeping secrets from her, Jane decides to bond more with Rogelio and meets his teenage stepdaughters who are not very nice to Jane at all. Jane tries to bond with them, but soon learns about their deviousness and manipulative nature. Meanwhile, Rogelio tries to persuade Xo to hire his band to perform at the nightclub where she works. Under pressure by her family to speed up her scam, Petra has Rafael arrested by framing him for domestic abuse and then works behind the scenes to frame him also for the murder of Zazo. Meanwhile, Jane must decide where she stands on her relationship with Michael, who tries to win her back. Rafael gets closer to Jane, and makes a decision about what to do with his growing feelings towards her. LineColor = 82CAFA }}

Viewers = 0.96 ShortSummary = LineColor = 82CAFA }}

Viewers = 1.22 ShortSummary = LineColor = 82CAFA }}

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No. Title Air date Rating/share
DVR Viewers
Total viewers
1 "Chapter One" 0.6/2 1.61
2 "Chapter Two" 0.5/1 1.36
3 "Chapter Three" 0.4/1 1.09
4 "Chapter Four" 0.4/2 1.01
5 "Chapter Five" 0.5/1 1.22
6 "Chapter Six" 0.4/1 1.11
7 "Chapter Seven" 0.4/1 0.96
8 "Chapter Eight" 0.5/1 1.22
9 "Chapter Nine"

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