Jaime Camil Q&A: ‘Jane the Virgin’
“[Series creator] Jennie Urman was kind enough to call us individually to her office, and she laid out the plan,” says “Jane the Virgin” actor Jaime Camil about the discovery that his co-star Brett Dier was being written off the show. Dier’s character, Michael, was an upstanding police officer and the husband of the title character (Gina Rodriguez) before dying of complications from a gunshot wound. “We were all crying while we were reading it, and then Jennie, who is a brilliant writer and a brilliant leader with so much humanity in her, put together a little video of Michael’s best moments after the table read.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Camil about this and more above.
Camil plays vain telenovela star Rogelio De La Vega. Both the actor and character were rooting for Rogelio’s daughter Jane to end up with Michael, but since Michael’s death he’s had a change of heart. “I think the fans and everybody are expecting Jane to end up with [her son’s father] Rafael,” says Camil. And even Rogelio has come around, bonding with Rafael “first and foremost because he’s very handsome.”
Michael’s death wasn’t the only shocking development so far in season three. That traumatic event was immediately followed by a three-year time jump that Camil felt “made perfect sense.” He argues that accelerating the time line kept the show from being bogged down in grief. “It was a brilliant move to show hints of how it was losing Michael, but then let’s keep the energy and the soul of the show going,” he explains. “Eventually time heals you and then you go back into your normal life.”
Season three also saw the romantic reunion of Rogelio and Jane’s mother Xiomara (Andrea Navedo), who not only found their way back together after a long estrangement but got engaged. “When we read [the engagement scene] Andrea and I looked at each other and went, ‘We’re back baby!’ and we high-fived.” So can we look forward to a wedding in their very-near future? “Who wouldn’t want to see a #RogelioWedding. It’s like a gift we give to the audience,” says Camil, but nothing is ever that simple in the world of “Jane the Virgin.” “We have finished shooting the season so I know exactly what’s going to happen … something’s going to go down in the season finale, and you’ll see it’s going to be very cool.”