The CW dramedy reaches its benchmark moment on Monday’s episode, when newlywed Jane (Gina Rodriguez) -- and mother of one -- will lose her virginity for the first time.
“I just want to say it is everything the fans have been waiting for,” Rodriguez told ET at the Paley Center Tribute to Hispanic Achievements in Television last week. “It’s gonna be funny and sentimental and a roller coaster and awkward and everything sex really is, let’s be honest.”
It’s not only a special episode in front of the camera, but also behind it: Eva Longoria got the task of directing Jane’s “big moment,” as she called it.
“Because we had Eva, it was perfect,” Rodriguez said. “And sex scenes are not as comfortable as people think -- not as intimate, not as sexual as people think. But, with the person that I lose it to, he made me feel very comfortable.”
Rodriguez couldn’t help but praise Longoria for expertly leading the charge behind the scenes. Special guest stars Gloria and Emilio Estefan make an appearance in the episode as well.
“She is focused, prepared, driven, funny, loving, generous and so smart!” the 32-year-old star marveled, with Longoria by her side.
“I had the dream episode,” Longoria said of her time on the show. “Everybody was in this episode. I was like, ‘Ahhh! Dying!’”
Rodriguez’s co-star, Jaime Camil, who plays Jane’s father, the uber-successful telenovela star Rogelio, is getting a new love interest. After breaking up with Jane’s mother, Xo (Andrea Navedo), over their opposing opinions on whether or not to have kids (for the record, Rogelio wants more kids), he may get that chance when Darcy (Justina Machado), a matchmaker Rogelio hires, becomes more.
“The character of Rogelio, Jaime’s character, comes to meet up with me because he’s looking for somebody and then little things happen between Jaime and I,” Machado hinted to ET, adding “there might” be some romance blossoming between the two.
“The relationship between her character and mine will be funny, as you could expect and it’s gonna be great,” Camil, who worked with Machado on the 1992 film, The Mambo Kings, told ET.
Meanwhile, Xo -- who had an abortion in the last episode -- will continue to face forks in the road.
“I’ll be making some difficult life choices [and] decisions that will be coming up quite soon and trying to maybe change my life path, so we’ll see,” Navedo told ET, adding that her TV daughter, Rodriguez, continues to inspire her. “She’s such a hard worker. She’s so smart and she maintains her humbleness through everything and all the wonderful things that are happening for her. I always tease her, ‘I want to be you when I grow up!’”
Jane the Virgin airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.