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It’s been a burning question since Jane the Virgin‘s series premiere: When, and to whom, would Jane Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez) lose her virginity?
It’s a reasonable question considering the title of The CW show, and one the series seemed to be willing to take its sweet time answering despite Jane having given birth (!) at the end of season one, and having tied the knot (!!) at the end of season two.
The comedy (nearly) answered that question in the second episode of the season when Michael (Brett Dier) finally got the clear from his doctor to resume such physical activities after being shot, and he and Jane promptly ran out of the doctor’s office as fast as they could. As the narrator himself said, “I’m not messing around this time: They’re actually going to do it! Say goodbye to Jane the Virgin.”
With Jane’s virginity poised to disappear, the question has suddenly transformed into: Why now? The Hollywood Reporter asked showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman just that.
“It felt like the right time where we put her through enough and we pulled as many frustrating stories about the fact that she’s a mom and now married and still a virgin,” Urman says. “I just felt like now was the time. I didn’t have any drama or comedy left in that device.”
Urman says she always imagined the time would come “somewhere around season three,” but “I didn’t know how close it would be at the beginning of season three. We didn’t want to stall just to stall but we wanted to find the place where we thought it was right.”
In previous years, Urman had thought up a few guidelines for how and when Jane would have sex for the first time: namely, that it wouldn’t ever happen in a season premiere or finale.
“I wanted to make sure that we exploited all of that, comedically and emotionally, for her and made it frustrating. But at the same time, I wanted it to end because that’s not what this show is ultimately about,” she says. “You start to lose a little bit of credibility and beyond that, it’s something that I want to know what she’s like when she does have sex and how that changes her and what she expects and what it is and isn’t. I think those are all important steps.”
However, Urman is quick to note having sex won’t change Jane that much. “She has sex, but she’s still the same person,” she says. “She is a person with so many different identities and so many different things that make her character interesting. … Once we get rid of the Virgin thing, then we can just open it up to other things that define her which I hope the series has done.”
So how exactly will the show change given how much the title plays up on her sexual prowess (or lack thereof). The word “Virgin” will remain, but will appear as crossed out with new descriptors added in depending on the episode.
“We’re keeping the title but with changes, like a line crossed through, like ‘Jane the Guilty Catholic,'” Urman explains. Closing the book on Jane’s virginity is not only a sigh of relief for fans, but also for Urman.
She says, “I was happy to let go of that.”
Jane the Virgin airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on The CW.
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