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13 Reasons Why Latinos Will Miss Seeing Their Stories In ‘Jane The Virgin’

WARNING, SOME VERY CHIQUITO SPOILERS AHEAD! 

The end of one of our favorite shows, Jane the Virgin, is near. For almost five years (it was first aired in 2014) we have followed the adventures of Jane Gloriana Villanueva, our heroine who was wrongly inseminated. Jane’s journey was also related to her career as a writer, a vocation that she tries to follow even though life sometimes gets in the way. The narrative accomplishes something almost impossible to pull off: it makes outrageous telenovela situations feel close to us. The 100th and last ever episode will be aired on July 31st, and fans are getting their tissue box ready for what promises to be a tearful finale. Because we don’t like goodbyes we will start our farewell now. These are some of the reasons why we consider Jane the Virgin to be a watershed moment in the history of Latino representation in mainstream television, and why we will miss Jane, her lovers, her family, and her amazingly quirky son. A llorar se ha dicho

1. Jane the Virgin was finally a show that represented the many complexities of Latino communities in the U.S.: it made us laugh and cry in equal measures.

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There have been some shows about Latinos in the United States, and titles such as Netflix’s Mr. Iglesias seem to be gaining more traction. However, Jane the Virgin could break into the mainstream, escaping the niche denominator of “Latino”. It was wonderful to see the very specific Florida Latinidad represented on the screen. 

2. The show discussed the uncomfortable issue of migration and the perilous path to citizenship. Te queremos, Alba!

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The show touched in one of the main issues that define the Latino experience in the United States: migration. Alba’s citizenship journey was equally stressful and hard to watch, and we are sure it resonated with millions of Latino families in how vulnerable migrants can be before attaining citizenship. A call to action that was also told in a tender, extremely human way. 

3. Jane proudly wore her Latina identity, in her life and literary work.

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Instead of trying to “fit in” with Anglo culture to blend, Jane Gloriana Villanueva embraces and celebrates her Latina identity. From her clothes to her cultural references (Chilean novelist Isabel Allende makes a cameo!) and her literary work, she tries to uncover what Latina identity means today in matters of love, family, sex and professional life. 

4. It showed us that true friendship with your exes and your exes’ exes is possible (you know this is a telenovela, right?)

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Well, maybe this is not that in tune with reality, pero se vale soñar. We love how Petra, Jane, and Rafael find a way to co-parent three cheeky monkeys. 

5. It gave us a strong, independent, queer woman.

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Petra is perhaps the character that developed the most. She went from being a terrible telenovela villana to being a member of the Villanueva clan. Her backstory is fascinating and through the seasons she found a way to discover herself: she is a survivor, and the ultimate way to survive is accepting who she is a powerful queer businesswoman, and a loving mother who allows herself to be vulnerable and ask for help. 

6. It serves us some old-world Latino charm.

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When Jane imagines her romantic epics, and also when Alba tells her life story, we get to see some of the old world Latino charms that have made the romantic narrative a staple of the region. This is also a way to deal with 

7. It provided us with one of the most truthful representations of the joys, frustrations, and awesomeness of parenthood.

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Right from her pregnancy, Jane embodied the shock and delights of motherhood. The show does not give us a vanilla version of how pregnancy sorta wrecks the female body and how hard it is to raise a child. Mateo is Jane’s world, and it is amazing to witness Jane embrace her power, but also her cluelessness as to how to be a mother. Nadie nace sabiendo

8. Four words: Rogelio De La Vega.

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Mexican actor Jaime Camil, a former telenovela heartthrob, found his ideal character in Rogelio De La Vega. He is funny and charming, vulnerable and the best father ever. We would totally watch a spin-off featuring only him! 

9. The genuine chemistry and friendship shared by the cast.

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Gina Rodriguez and Jaime Camil really do look like father and daughter in this photo. Judging by interviews and their social media accounts (including photos of Gina’s recent wedding), cast members have formed a true family offscreen, which translates into the amazing chemistry we see in the show. 

10. The show is a true picture of the multicultural United States.

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Yes, the cast is primarily Latino or plays Latino characters (even the blonde Michael has a Latino last name: Cordero), but the show has Eastern European, Anglo, Black and even Indian characters. Rather than being insular and only focus on Latinos, it is a mosaic of the cultural diversity of Florida, where the narrative takes place. 

11. Primero la familia: a message that resonated with Latino audiences worldwide.

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Through the show, we are witness to the perpetuation of family rituals. The Villanuevas have dinner together, come rain or come shine, and they spend time together even if they are upset at each other. Later in the show, Petra and Jane find a way to create new traditions for Mateo and the twins, unlikely half-siblings who are growing up together. 

12. Simply put, Jane the Virgin is funny as hell.

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Jane the Virgin is a cleverly written comedy that blends huge amounts of drama, very tender and human moments, and gags that are anything but cheap. Every joke or unusual situation in the show reveals something about the characters rather than looking for cheap laughs. For example, when Jane’s life spins out of control she usually becomes very clumsy: the physical comedy reveals characters’ inner state. We can also think of Rogelio’s hilarious gift baskets! (we wouldn’t mind getting one by the way). Or how Petra’s twins often make reference to the creepy duo from the horror film The Shining.

13. But above all, the show gives full agency to female characters, something rare in any TV show.

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In today’s media industry, it is extremely rare for a female-led television show or film to be approved, even more so if the character is a Latina played by a relatively unknown actress. Jane the Virgin was a rarity and a novelty: a sitcom that got pretty dark at times, which offered dialogue in Spanish and was unashamedly influenced by telenovelas. The Villanueva queens and Petra drove the narrative, un matriarcado televisivo like no other. Jane did not make her decisions solely based on what her romantic counterparts demanded: she was in control of her feelings, her sexuality and her experience as a mother. We will miss you, Jane hermosa.

READ: ‘Jane The Virgin’ Actress Opens Up About How Anxiety Kept Her From Showing Up To Set

‘Hamilton’: Disney Plus Drops Trailer For Musical Film — Watch Now!

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‘Hamilton’: Disney Plus Drops Trailer For Musical Film — Watch Now!

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Good news!

…Wait for it…

Those days of saving upwards of $849 for Hamilton tickets on Broadway are long behind you. The Broadway hit is coming straight to your screens courtesy of Disney +.

That’s right!

On Sunday, the streaming platform dropped the first official trailer for the Broadway rap-story about Alexander Hamilton and other historical figures. 

According to Variety, the production was filmed at New York City’s Richard Rodgers Theatre in 2016. From the trailer, it looks as if production perfectly captures the world of Broadway and the musical’s original stage production. You might remember that in 2016, the musical was nominated for 16 awards and eventually took home 11 awards, including Best Musical. That same year it received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The theatrical production features Lin-Manuel Miranda as Hamilton, Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler, Jonathan Groff as King George, and Christopher Jackson as George Washington.

The film was originally slated for a theatrical release in October of 2021.

The release was fortunately moved up to July 3 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In a recent interview with Variety, Miranda said “What I’m most excited about [is] you all have that friend that is like, ‘I saw it with the original cast.’ We’re stealing that brag from everyone because you’re all going to see it with the original cast.”

Speaking about sharing Hamilton with audiences via the big screen, Miranda told Entertainment Tonight at the 2020 Oscars that he was “very proud of 2016 us, because we had the foresight to film the show with the original company before the principals started leaving, so we’ve got the snapshot,” Miranda shared. “I’m just really excited that we get to share it because we know how hard it is [to see it].”

Hamilton will be available to stream July, 3 on Disney+.

‘Jane The Virgin’ Is The Perfect Representation Of What Happens With Three Generations Of Moms Live Together

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‘Jane The Virgin’ Is The Perfect Representation Of What Happens With Three Generations Of Moms Live Together

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“Jane the Virgin” doesn’t just give us a telenovela where every mother is a grounded and developed character. It shows America what single latinidad motherhood looks like from birth to vieja-hood. From the wisdom of abuela Alba, to the free spirit of Xiomara and the diplomatic Jane, we see a taste of our own traditions and the evolving methods of Latina motherhood in different generations.

While you have probably never accidentally been artificially inseminated, you’ve definitely felt the same love shown by these tv mamas. They are always there for each other to lift each other up and make life as great as possible. Moms are just like that. Happy Mother’s Day. Even though we might be separated in quarantine, we can still give our moms a sweet memory on this day. Call her and tell her you love her.

We first meet the Villanueva women with their eyes glued to a telenovela, like most Latino families.

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No matter how old you are or how cheesy they are, telenovelas with your mom and abuela are moments we all cherish.

Legit, we have been snuggling with the most important women of our lives for some incredible telenovela drama since we were little kids.

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The Villanueva women even have a long-standing Mother’s Day tradition of binge-watching an entire telenovela series and that’s magical.

ICYMI, Jane was accidentally, artificially inseminated, which is not common.

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Like many of our families, Jane was taught that her virginity was sacred. Unfortunately, a mishap led to her pregnancy without sex. Luckily for Jane and us, Latino families are strong units and we all pitch in when we need to.

But with the help of her mom and abuela, she makes it work.

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They support her going back to grad school. You can bet your mom would babysit your kid while you went back to school, too. Jane’s parenting style is all about leading by example and staying rooted in her dreams pre-Mateo.

We can relate to mami y abuela being high key chismosas.

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Privacy? What privacy?! Even when Jane goes onto the porch to have a “private” conversation, there’s no escaping the curious eyes of the women in her house. If you are feeling triggered, you aren’t alone.

While all three Villanueva women live under the same roof, they have very different parenting styles. Alba is all about the tough love.

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Alba, like our abuelas, like to keep things old-school. Like, she raised your mom so she clearly knows how to raise a child. There isn’t anything wrong with her methods of raising a child. but some times you just have to do things yourself. Jane might not take all of her advice, but that’s just how the modern family unit works, right?

Xiomara, like our moms, lives like a mama bear ready to protect her child no matter what.

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How many times has your mother confronted someone who was making your life difficult? You might feel embarrassed that she is going ham on your teacher or boss, but it is all because she loves you. Let her go all Xo on them. She is only trying to make sure you are always happy.

Whenever there is a hard moment in anyone’s life, mom is always there to do what she can.

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You might have a serious illness or facing some kind of legal trouble and things seem hopeless. However, mom will do anything to make it a little bit better for you. We stick together, we pray together, and put faith in each other.

However you’re celebrating Mother’s Day, consider binge-watching “Jane the Virgin” with your own mom and abuela.

Now, go call your mother because she loves to hear from you.

READ: Gina Rodriguez Stunned Fans At SXSW Saying Hinting That ‘Jane The Virgin’ Is Ending