Jane the Virgin Creator Talks Imperfect Sex Scene

by Taylor Ferber

The moment Jane Villanueva finally loses her virginity is the climax loyal Jane the Virgin fans have been patiently waiting for since day one. Pun intended. Now that the show has entered its third season and Jane is a married mom and virgin, I can't imagine what sort of pressure the writers have to make her inevitable loss of virginity nothing short of epic perfection that's telenovela-worthy. Since sitting down with the show creator Jennie Snyder Urman just days before the season 3 premiere, I realize the scene everybody's anticipating may or may not be what they expect. Star Yael Groblas (Petra) weighs in, too...

Warning: spoilers below!

As expected, the show's writers are not taking Jane's loss of virginity lightly. "There’s so much pressure on Jane to make the perfect moment [and] on us in the writers room," says Urman. But then again, maybe they should take it lightly, because whose first time is actually perfect? "That made me start to think, ‘What is this pressure on Jane to make the perfect moment?’ Is anybody’s first time perfect? Mine wasn’t," she says. Thus, their collective "anxiety" will be reflected in the scene, which Urman confirms will take place this season.

"I feel like you don’t want to just have this perfect moment [like], ‘Oh my god, it was bliss.’ That was the expectation and the hope, so I feel like we’ve kind integrated our own anxiety and Jane’s anxiety into that," Urman says. Between the intense emotion of Michael's recovery, being newlyweds, and waiting all this time, it's fair to say Jane and Michael are ready to pounce.

Actress Yael Groblas agrees and says she wants Jane's loss of virginity to be "perfect," even though it probably won't be. "It’d be funny if it was like super short and simple, right?" says Groblas. "I can promise it’s going to be a lot of fun." Come to think of it, when is anything in this show actually perfect? Oh, that's right. Never. "It’s always interesting if it’s not perfect, it keeps people on their toes and it keeps things more rounded," Groblas adds.

Although lots of pressure comes with Jane's huge turning point, Urman says she actually feels liberated letting go of Jane's "virgin" label. "I was happy. The episode [after] is a really, really fun one and it’s just different. She has sex but she’s still the same person. It’s almost like a relief, even for her," Urman reveals.

Choosing when and how Jane finally has sex is crucial for the show, and as Urman explains, there's rhyme and reason for why it happens.

"People are so much more than sex. She is a person with so many different identities and things that make her character interesting," she explains. "Once we get rid of the virgin thing, we can just open it up to other things that define her, which I hope the series has done, but we can really focus on," Urman explains.

And timing is everything. Urman explains this is a fine line to walk: Jane couldn't have sex too quickly, but the wait couldn't be drawn out, either. "You also want to milk all the comedy, I knew I wanted her to be a married virgin, I wanted to play with those things as much as possible," she explains. "But once it’s gone, you move on. You don’t want to stall just to stall, you want to find the place where it’s just right."

I have a feeling Jane's loss of virginity will be perfect in all its imperfection. And in case fans are wondering about the fate of the show title, Urman says, "We’re keeping [it]."

Jane the Virgin airs Monday nights at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.

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