Gina Rodriguez Talks 'Jane,' Sex, and Virginity

"[Jane] definitely helps me check myself," says the actress of her highly moralistic and generous title character.

Gina Rodriguez, star of The CW's Jane the Virgin, says she has to constantly "check herself" in real life as she compares herself to her character Jane, who is "so moralistic." Because of Jane's virtues, Rodriguez has come to asses her own life with more awareness.

The show also connects Rodriguez to people in a new way. "Because I play a virgin on television," she told The Hollywood Reporter during the Comedy Actress Roundtable, "what I get is people desiring to tell me their specific sexual orientation, or if they’re currently having sex, or if they’re themselves a virgin."

"I actually find it to be a really awesome benefit of being an artist," said Rodriguez. "You can connect with people that you’ve never met before."

She told a story about a 25-year-old woman who was saving herself for marriage: "I was like, 'Girl, get it.' It was amazing. She was so convicted. She was beautiful and she just got like an amazing job. I was oddly proud of this human being I had just recently interacted with."

More roundtables featuring comedy and drama actors, drama actresses, comedy and drama showrunners, and reality hosts and producers will roll out throughout June in print and online. Tune in to new episodes of Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter starting June 26 on SundanceTV, with the premiere of the Comedy Actress Roundtable on Sunday, July 10. And look for clips at THR.com/roundtables with full episodes on THR.com after broadcast.

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