‘Jane the Virgin’ begins victory lap with final-season premiere
Parting truly can be sweet sorrow, if “Jane the Virgin” is any indication.
Title star Gina Rodriguez and executive producer Jennie Snyder Urman barely can keep their eyes dry in talking about the fifth and final round of their CW series, which begins Wednesday, March 27. It will end the show at an even 100 episodes, and Rodriguez takes pride not only in the path she’s traveled with her character, but in what she believes “Jane” has meant on a larger scale.
“I do believe that ‘Jane’ helped me accomplish that part of me that didn’t see my community reflected on screen in a positive light,” the actress reflects, “but what I realized was that I needed to shift my energy and learn about the spaces in which I could really create change, the kind of change that I think does make a young child feel capable and worthy and valued. I’ve been able to see where I can use my creativity in other spaces directing, producing, and hopefully doing for someone else what Jennie did for me. And that’s what I’ve learned most, how to create opportunity.”
Urman recalls that “around the second year” of “Jane,” “(CW chief ) Mark Pedowitz said, ‘The show will go as long as the story goes’ ... which was a gift that, when you work in TV, you don’t often get. And I was really grateful. I knew then it was, like, four or five seasons. And then it felt like five seasons would get (in) all of the stories, and that we would be able to reach the ending and plan for a long time for it, which was really a gift.”
Even as the finale of “Jane the Virgin” approaches, the saga may not be over completely. One of the shows being considered by The CW for next season is “Jane the Novela,” an anthology that would be fueled by stories written by the character Jane – and it might feature Rodriguez, an executive producer of the project along with Urman, as its narrator.
Following her first turn as a movie lead in the recent melodrama “Miss Bala,” Rodriguez reflects, “If I am blessed enough to continue to act and to do it in spaces like the ones Jennie has created for me, I would be a very, very lucky human being. So, we’ll see what life holds.”
Gina Rodriguez begins the fifth and final season of “Jane the Virgin” Wednesday on The CW.