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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. 


There's a reason why Jaime Camil is so good at playing a telenovela star on "Jane the Virgin."

Camil was made for the novela life: Before his scene-stealing turn as Rogelio,  he starred on the Venezuelan telenovela "Juana la Virgen," which "Jane the Virgin" is based on. He was also on "La Fea Más Bella," the Mexican telenovela adaptation of the Colombia soap "Yo soy Betty, la fea," which inspired "Ugly Betty."


Ivonne Coll may play a tight-laced abuela, but the Boricua has lived a much more freewheeling life.

Coll shared this amazing photo of herself on Instagram, writing, "Tbt 1969 when i was a hippie!" She said she had lived on a commune where she was "surrounded by musicians, artists, craftsmen...and that is the place where i started to find the Artist in me."


Gina Rodriguez is not down to label her sexuality.

photo: Twitter: @hereisgina

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."


Rodriguez is the co-founder of the swim and lingerie line Naja.

The brand, which she co-founded with Catalina Girard, was created with the goal of "empowering women through lingerie — from the wearer to the garment worker."  Naja also creates nude underwear for ALL shades, which is awesome. 


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.”


Years before joining the cast of "Jane the Virgin," Navedo was a regular on "Law & Order."

She starred as Detective Ana Cordova. 


Brett Dier, who plays Jane's boo Michael Cordero, loves breakdancing and parkour.

And as seen above, sometimes he can combine his talents into one sensational video.


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


Before acting, Rodriguez was a professional salsa dancer for eleven years. She has often shows off her impressive dance skills on social media.

Last nights living room get down. #GoBestFriend #salsaNight #bacalao

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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."


Despite his playboy character, Camil insists he's nothing like the womanizer Rogelio used to be.

"These womanizers, I've never been like that," he told Vulture. "I've been with my wife for 11 years and I love her to death. We have a 3-year-old daughter and we have a beautiful 4-month-old son. I don't function properly when I'm far away from them. I try to arrive nights and give my daughter a bath and put her to sleep or wake up in the morning and take her to school. I'm a big fan of fatherhood, and I'm a big fan of my family."


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.

In 2013, showed off his filmmaking chops when he proposed in an elaborate and romantic proposal that made headlines around the world. The tradition continued with their pregnancy announcement two years later in the sweetest, cinematically creative way possible.


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.


Abuela is full of surprises! Seems like Coll participated in just about everything when she was younger, including having her own variety show.

She posted this image to her Instagram with the caption, "TBT In 1972 I had my own Variety Show called 'Una chica llamada Ivonne Coll.' This wardrobe was designed for a comedy skit in the show a la 'Lil'Abner,' the photo was taken by #masterphotographer Willo Font. Shot "en el barrio Juan Martîn en Luquillo Puerto Rico." That dress? That hair? Yes, Ivonne, yes!


The show's executive producer, Jennie Snyder Urman, didn't have to go through a grueling search to find her Jane. Rodriguez was just the third woman to audition for the role.

Urman knew she had something special the moment Rodriguez auditioned. "I was looking for someone that you would feel is both hopelessly romantic underneath it all but also relentlessly pragmatic," Urman told Entertainment Tonight. "And what we found with Gina was someone who just made it better than what I had in my head."