‘Jane the Vir­gin’ be­gins vic­tory lap with fi­nal-sea­son pre­miere

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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.

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