From the moment Jane Gloria Villanueva came into our lives, we knew there was something special about Gina Rodriguez and the cast of "Jane the Virgin" cast. If you follow any of them on social media, you know that this cast has a super tight bond. But how well do you really know them? In honor of the show's upcoming Season 3 premiere, here are 21 facts that will make you feel like you could at least pass as a distant cousin to any of the show's stars.
Gina Rodriguez is not down to label her sexuality.
The star tweeted this in response to a fan Q&A on June 21, 2016.
Aside from playing Jane's handsome baby daddy, Justin Baldoni is using his talents to change the world.
He is the CEO and co-founder of the socially conscious production company, Wayfarer Entertainment. At Wayfarer, he's directed commercials, documentaries, films, and music videos with a message that serve "his fellow man."
Unlike her character Xiomara, Andrea Navedo's parents didn't speak much Spanish to her when she was growing up.
The Puerto Rican actress didn't really start studying the language up until about 15 years ago to "reclaim [her] identity."
Coll is a total queen — a beauty queen, that is. She was named Miss Puerto Rico in 1967.
Baldoni is of the Bahá’í faith, a religion which aims to support and promote the unity of mankind.
His faith impacts his daily interactions and is one of the reasons he feels so drawn to service toward others. In an interview with La Palme magazine, Baldoni explained his beliefs. “Basically, the fundamental core [of Bahá’í is that ‘we are all one.’ The purpose of life is therefore for everyone to get along as we are literally one large family.”
Dier also has his black belt in Taekwondo.
Baldoni always prays before filming a scene.
He explained to Backstage how his faith helps him stay grounded. “My little secret before I do every scene is I say a short little prayer. I’m Bahá’í and the Bahá’í faith says the reason we’re in existence is to be of service. The prayer is ‘Oh God, make me a hollow reed, from which the pith of self has been blown so I may become a clear channel through which thy love flows unto others.’ I just want to be able to be a channel for whatever’s to come through, so I try to take myself out of it as much as I can. As actors, we’re insecure and faking it all the time—it’s a reminder that it’s not about me in the show, but to be of service in some way.”
Even though Navedo is on a hit TV show, she's always open to stepping up her game.
In fact, in February she told Backstage that she was looking for an acting class so she can continue to hone her craft.
People often think Baldoni is Latino, but in fact he's Italian and Jewish.
"I'm still ambiguously ethnic. I could be Persian, I could be anything... I'm a citizen of the world, that's what I prefer."
Rodriguez has Jewish heritage.
She was born to Puerto Rican parents, but has a French Jewish grandfather.
Baldoni's epic proposal to his wife Emily went viral.
Rodriguez is a ridiculously good rapper.
The film that put her on the map was the 2012 Sundance hit, "Filly Brown," where she plays an up-and-coming Latina hip-hop artist.