For a comedy, Jane the Virgin (airing Mondays on The CW beginning tonight) certainly relies on its dramatic storylines and soapy narrative in order to keep the plot pushing forward. Between dead twins, murder and stolen babies, there are plenty of dark stories to go around. It’s a pace Andrea Navedo is certainly accustomed to, given her previous experience on daytime soaps like One Life to Live and Guiding Light.
As Jane’s single mother Xiomara Villanueva on the CW series, Navedo has plenty of those twists to play with. She’s still in love with her baby daddy, telenovela superstar Rogelio De La Vega (Jaime Camil), and often stands off in stubborn battles with her mom, Alba (Ivonne Coll). Between the constant family crises, however, Xiomara has managed to carve out a niche for herself as an aspiring performer, one who is trying to get her big break before the “big time” says she’s too old.
It may be a while before audiences see Xo and Rogelio back in Vegas for their one night show, given the fact that there’s a missing grandson to contend with in Season 2 and all, but that won’t stop fellow Vegas performer Britney Spears from stopping by as herself in Episode 5. “She’s one of the best guest stars,” Navedo previewed recently. “I can’t say more than that.”
As for Xo’s relationship status? Fans should keep their fingers crossed for a Rogelio-inspired Twitter update soon enough.
“Xo will be making some key decisions,” Navedo said. “Key decisions about both her singing career, and her relationship with Rogelio.”
Before Jane the Virgin’s Season 2 premiere, we got Navedo to answer our “5 Questions.”
You’re at a magazine rack and can only pick three titles. Which ones would you choose?
Oprah, People and Science of Mind. It’s a good one if you believe in spirituality and stuff.
What movie can you watch over and over and never get tired of it?
Young Frankenstein. I love the humor; it’s just silly. And I love Gene Wilder. The first time I saw it, I was a little girl. I share it with my children now and they get a kick out of it, too, so I love it.
What are three things you have to have in your fridge or pantry?
Milk, coffee and bread. But it has to be Latino coffee, brewed a certain way — café con leche. That’s what I need every morning. That’s the first thing I think about every time I wake up: I gotta get my coffee.
What has been your strangest fan encounter?
I haven’t had one in person, but I have someone who is begging me to get to know my costar, Jaime Camil. Like, constantly, on social media. I just ignore it. He wants me to introduce him. I don’t know, it’s weird.
Tell us about a time when you were starstruck.
I don’t get starstruck. It’s horrible. Because I’m an actor, I think that has something to do with it. Maybe I shouldn’t say that though. Probably if I met Meryl Streep or like Christian Bale. Maybe I’d go gaga. I don’t know — I haven’t had that experience. I just feel like I’m a person and they’re a person.